"Laverne and Shirley")
Mekka is best known to television audiences for his role as 'Carmine
Ragusa', The Big Ragu on the hit ABC-TV sitcom, "Laverne & Shirley." He
played the role of 'Carmine' for the show's entire run. The role of
'Carmine' lead to numerous guest appearances on many of the most popular
series of the 70's, 80's and 90's. Eddie was seen on such television
shows as "The Love Boat," "Fantasy Island," "Moonlighting" and "The New
Eddie Mekka appeared on "Family
Matters" as 'Officer Charlie Canelli' and "The Jamie Foxx Show."
also enjoyed long runs on two daytime dramas, appearing as 'Grady',
Jenna's sidekick on television's oldest daytime drama, CBS-TVs "Guiding
Light" and NBC-TV's "Sunset Beach." While on "Guiding Light," soap
magazines labeled him "The Joe Pesci of Daytime."
the big screen Eddie Mekka has been seen in several popular
movies. He played Bette Midler's cohort in the movie "Beaches." He also
appeared as Madonna's boyfriend in the movie "A League of their Own,"
'Lt. Vincent Barbero' in "Taking The Heat" with Lynn Whitfield and as
'The Prophet' in Garry Marshall's film, "Dear God," and is in
the film "On Top Of The World" directed by Sydney Feury and
starring Dennis Hopper
Eddie Mekka got his start doing musical theatre
as a teenager in Worcester, Massachusetts. Also a star gymnast, Eddie
decided to turn his attention to theatre and appeared in the chorus of a
1969 production of Fiddler on the Roof at the Worcester County
Light Opera Company. It was that role that lead to a short stint at the
Boston Conservatory and training under the guidance of famed
choreographer Phil Black.
1974, Eddie got his "big break" on Broadway in the Vietnam War-themed
rock opera, The Lieutenant. It was for The Lieutenant that
he received a Best Actor nomination by both the Tony and Drama Desk
committees. Eddie also appeared in such shows as Jumpers, The Magic
Show with Doug Henning, Damn Yankees with Gwen Verdon and Ray
Eddie's love of theatre continues today as he
continues to entertain audiences across the country with his stage
roles. He has taken on such roles as 'Groucho Marx' in An Evening
With Groucho, 'Nicky Deluca' in The Right Step (a show he
wrote, directed, choreographed and starred in) and 'Pseudolus' in A
Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum.
Since 1993, he has been regularly performing the role
of 'Tevye' in Fiddler on the Roof. Critics have given him rave
reviews saying "Eddie's 'Tevye' makes you forget all others!"
In 2003 he finished back-to-back productions of Art
with Richard Kline and Greg Mullavey and the American version of Run
For Your Wife with Linda Blair, Charlene Tilton, Johnny Whittaker
and Murray Langston (The Unknown Comic) also working with the play's
author, Ray Cooney. Other productions Eddie has starred in include, the
first National tour of The Goodbye Girl, Chess, Jake's Women, Little
Shop of Horrors and They're Playing Our Song, to name just a
Eddie Mekka played father to his own daughter Mia onstage
and off when Mia appeared with him in 2003 as Tevye's youngest daughter
in Fiddler on the Roof at the Bucks County and Pocono Playhouses
When not on the stage, television or on the big
screen, Eddie can be seen all around the country touring with his
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