Tony Ganios

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Tony Ganios
Born (1959-10-21) October 21, 1959 (age 58)[1]
Brooklyn, New York
Occupation Actor, Director, Writer, Producer, Insurance Agent
Years active 1979-present (semi-retired since 1990)[2]

Tony Ganios (born October 21, 1959) is an American actor. He is probably best known for his roles as heroic tough-guy Perry in the 1979 film The Wanderers, and Anthony 'Meat' Tuperello in the 1982 comedy Porky's and its sequels.

Early life[edit]

Ganios was born on 21 September 1959 in Brooklyn, New York, and is of Greek ancestry.


At the age of 18, Ganios was 'forced' into the film-industry. His uncle Pete forced him to quit his power-lifting session at the 'Sheridan Square Gym' early, so that he could audition for a role in a movie directed by Philip Kaufman. As a result, Ganios made his debut appearance as tough-guy Perry in The Wanderers. His performance in The Wanderers drew attention and led to other roles. Ganios starred in the 1982 cult teen-sex comedy Porky's and its sequels. He appeared in the 1990 film Die Hard 2 as Baker, a member of the terrorists. He also played a former football player turned mountain man in the John Belushi film Continental Divide.

Ganios appeared in five episodes of the 1980s TV series Wiseguy as Mike "Mooch" Cacciatore, and he made a guest appearance in an episode of Scarecrow and Mrs. King.

Ganios semi-retired from acting after Die Hard 2 to be an insurance agent in New York City, with brief appearances in three films between 1991 and 1993.

In 2012, Ganios reunited with some of his Porky's co-stars to launch a Kickstarter campaign in an effort to produce a teen-sex comedy to be called Daddies' Girls.[3][4] As of 2017 the film has not been produced and its official website ( is inactive.


List of acting credits in film
Year Title Role Notes
1979 The Wanderers Perry LaGuardia Tony Ganios's debut as an actor, and his first collaboration with director Philip Kaufman and actor Ken Wahl.
1981 Back Roads Bartini
1981 Continental Divide Max Bernbaum
1982 Porky's Anthony "Meat" Tuperello
1983 Porky's II: The Next Day Anthony "Meat" Tuperello
1984 Body Rock Big Mac
1985 Porky's Revenge! Anthony "Meat" Tuperello
1987 (TV Series) Scarecrow and Mrs. King Simons Episode "Any Number Can Play"
1988 (TV Series) The Equalizer Serge Episode "Video Games"
1989-1990 (TV Series) Wiseguy Mike "Mooch" Cacciatore Five episodes as 'Mike "Mooch" Cacciatore'. Second collaboration with Ken Wahl.
1990 Die Hard 2 Baker
1991 The Taking of Beverly Hills EPA Man Third collaboration with Ken Wahl.
1992 (TV Movie) Ring of the Musketeers Tony
1993 Rising Sun Perry Second collaboration with director Philip Kaufman


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