Ruscio, Al 1924–

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RUSCIO, Al 1924


Born June 2, 1924, in Salem, MA; married Jane Sparks (an actress); children: Elizabeth (an actress), Michael (an editor). Education: Attended Staley College; apprenticed at North Shore Players. Avocational Interests: Writing poetry.

Career: Actor. Instructor at numerous colleges and universities. Military service: U.S. Air Force, World War II.

Member: Screen Actors Guild (member of board of directors).


Film Appearances:

Tony Genaro, Al Capone, Warner Bros., 1959.

Walter Sorkin, Naked Flame (also known as Deadline for Murder ), Headliner, 1964.

Al Demcarco, Fever Heat, Paramount, 1969.

Priest #1, In Search of Historic Jesus, Sunn Classic Pictures, 1979.

(Uncredited) Mr. Bernardo, The Hunter, Paramount, 1980.

Tony "Big Tony" Rapoli, Sr., Any Which Way You Can, Warner Bros., 1980.

Sam Goodwin, Deadly Force, Embassy Pictures, 1983.

Carl Siegal, Jagged Edge, Columbia, 1985.

Medium Rare, 1989.

Antonio Segestra, Blood Red, Nelson, 1989.

Bishop Estrada, Romero, Four Square, 1989.

Costello, Cage, New Century Vista Film Company, 1989.

Leo Cuneo, The Godfather: Part III (also known as Mario Puzo's The Godfather: Part III ), Paramount, 1990.

Ben Saltman, Guilty by Suspicion (also known as La liste noire ), Warner Bros., 1991.

Kramer, Future Kick, New Horizons, 1991.

Uncle Roy, Round Trip to Heaven, Prism Pictures, 1992.

Uncle Dominic, I Don't Buy Kisses Anymore, Skouras Pictures, 1992.

Phillip Morris, Il silenzio dei prosciutti (also known as The Silence of the Hams ), October Films, 1994.

Mr. Leon, Dickwad, 1994.

Hank Watkins, At Risk, 1994.

Mr. Karlman, Showgirls, United Artists, 1995.

The General (1955), Xtro 3: Watch the Skies (also known as Xtro: Watch the Skies ), Dorian, 1995.

Police Commissioner Farley, The Phantom, Paramount, 1996.

Television Appearances; Series:

Paul Locatelli, Shannon, CBS, 1981.

Davinci, Steambath, Showtime, 1983.

Miguel Torres, Days of Our Lives (also known as DOOL and Days ), NBC, 1988.

R. J. Bentson, Santa Barbara, NBC, 1989.

Frank Ruscio, Joe's Life, ABC, 1993.

Kosta Kanelos, Port Charles, ABC, 19981999.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Nat Ryan, Ruby and Oswald (also known as Four Days in Dallas ), CBS, 1978.

Matlock: Diary of a Perfect Murder, 1986.

Tony D'Angelo, Lady Mobster, ABC, 1988.

Judge Quentin, Stop at Nothing, Lifetime, 1991.

Reducci, Dead Silence (also known as Crash ), Fox, 1991.

The Heroes of Desert Storm, ABC, 1991.

Barney's father, The Garbage Picking Field Goal Kicking Philadelphia Phenomenon (also known as The Philadelphia Phenomenon ), ABC, 1998.

Carlo Gambino, Boss of Bosses, TNT, 2001.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Aaron, Greatest Heroes of the Bible, 1978.

Uncle Al, A Rumor of War, CBS, 1980.

Detective Siciliano, The People vs. Jean Harris, NBC, 1981.

Marshal Josef Stalin, War and Remembrance, ABC, 1988.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Sal, The Outside Man, CBS, 1977.

Judge Portugal, Farrell for the People, NBC, 1982.

Ernie Mazell, Diary of a Perfect Murder, NBC, 1986.

Mr. Avidisian, Home Free, ABC, 1988.

Eddie Iatella, Somerset Gardens, ABC, 1989.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Father, A Good Life, PBS, 1989.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

"The Man Who Struck It Rich," Lux Video Theatre, 1952.

"Tunnel Job," Lux Video Theatre, 1953.

Haley, "Letter of the Law," Gunsmoke, CBS, 1958.

Luis, "The Senorita Makes a Choice," Zorro, ABC, 1958.

Sebastian, "A Bargain in Tombs," 77 Sunset Strip, ABC, 1959.

Meyer, "No Fare," The Lawless Years, NBC, 1959.

Leonardo Nuccio, "Lucky Silva," The Lawless Years, NBC, 1959.

Lieutenant, "The Magnificent Bride," Mr. Lucky, CBS, 1959.

Nick Dempsey, "Mama's Boy," Philip Marlowe, ABC, 1959.

Frankie Yale, also known as Frankie Waller, "The Artichoke King," The Untouchables, ABC, 1959.

Willy Clark, "A Reputation," Lock Up, syndicated, 1960.

Pietro Poli, "Guns for Garibaldi," Zane Grey Theater, CBS, 1960.

Rudy Landex, "Twelve Hours to Live," The Detective Starring Robert Taylor, ABC, 1960.

Freddie Canelli, "A Kid Up There," M Squad, NBC, 1960.

"The Cellini Vase," Sea Hunt, syndicated, 1960.

"The Invader," Sea Hunt, syndicated, 1960.

Wes Martin, "Affair at the Trading Post," Wrangler, NBC, 1960.

Emilio Romero, "Rendezvous: 22 Fathoms," The Aquanauts, CBS, 1960.

"The Golden Jade Chop," The Case of the Dangerous Robin, ABC, 1960.

Vaca, "The Last Viking," Bonanza, NBC, 1960.

Frankie, "You Only Die Once," The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor, ABC, 1960.

Rice, "Murder in Wonderland," Michael Shayne, NBC, 1960.

Allah El Kazim, "Man in a Cage," Thriller, NBC, 1961.

Rami, "La Costa Vendetta," The Islanders, ABC, 1961.

Ralph D'Amico, "The Double Adventure," The Aquanauts, CBS, 1961.

"Java," The Case of the Dangerous Robin, 1961.

Inspector Georges, "Voodoo," Peter Gunn, ABC, 1961.

Ben Koster, "The Kid Dropper Story," The Lawless Years, NBC, 1961.

Delgado, "The Honor of Cochise," Bonanza, NBC, 1961.

"Penitent," Cain's Hundred, 1961.

Gus, "The Primitive Clay," Follow the Sun, ABC, 1962.

Sim, "The Hijackers," The Beachcomber, 1962.

Joe Brooks, "Idol in the Dust," 87th Precinct, NBC, 1962.

(Uncredited) Gus Kroelig, hood, "Element of Danger," The Untouchables, ABC, 1962.

Machado, "Unforgiving Minute," Have GunWill Travel, CBS, 1963.

Dr. Taylor, "Diagnosis: Danger," The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, CBS, 1963.

Denny Cole, "The Spoiler," The Untouchables, ABC, 1963.

Ed Rutherford, "The Gift of Koodjanuk," Dr. Kildare, NBC, 1963.

Pete Malatesta, "Bonus Baby," 77 Sunset Strip, 1963.

Julio, "Of Blood, Sawdust, and a Bucket of Tears," The Greatest Show on Earth, ABC, 1964.

Nez Coupe, "The Pirate and the Patriot," The Great Adventure, CBS, 1964.

Dimitri, "The City beneath the Sea," Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, ABC, 1964.

Malot, "An Act of War," Twelve O'Clock High, ABC, 1964.

"In Any Language," Bob Hope Presents The Chrysler Theater, 1965.

Leader, "The Goodbye Orphan Annie Blues," Baretta, ABC, 1975.

Doctor, "Park Avenue Pirates," McCloud, NBC, 1975.

Scotto, "Pattern for Evil," Police Woman, NBC, 1975.

"The Swinger," S.W.A.T., ABC, 1975.

Mannie Hallman, "Sight Unseen," The Invisible Man, NBC, 1975.

Chester Goddard, "The Return of the Bionic Woman: Part 1," The Six Million Dollar Man, 1975.

Joseph Trevino, "A Wind from Corsica," Kojak, CBS, 1976.

Tom Corell, "Foul on the First Play," The Rockford Files, NBC, 1976.

Mr. Romano, Ann's father, "A Visit from Dad," One Day at a Time, CBS, 1976.

Griff, "A Game of Loss," Joe Forrester, 1976.

Vic Cassell, "The Dog and Pony Show," The Rockford Files, NBC, 1977.

Jonas Vukich, "Cry for the Kids," Kojak, CBS, 1977.

Charles Roper, "The Plague: Parts1&2," Starsky and Hutch, ABC, 1977.

"Atomic Bomb," Barney Miller, ABC, 1977.

Mr. Sererino, "The Final Round," The Incredible Hulk, CBS, 1978.

Detective Rather, "Pills," Lou Grant, CBS, 1978.

Mr. Sidney Becker, "The Counterfeiter," Barney Miller, ABC, 1979.

Editor, "Dads, Daughters, Different Drummers," Eight Is Enough, ABC, 1979.

Victor March, "A Riddle for Puppets," Mrs. Columbo, 1979.

Carmine, "Skids," Lou Grant, CBS, 1979.

Anton, "The Red Baron/Young at Heart," Fantasy Island, ABC, 1979.

Agamemnon, "Up, Up and Away," Salvage 1, 1979.

Victor March, "A Riddle for Puppets," Kate Loves a Mystery, 1979.

Carmine Rossi, "Influence," Lou Grant, CBS, 1980.

Mr. Roth, "Homicide: Part 1," Barney Miller, ABC, 1980.

Mr. Six, "Murder Is a Drag," Hart to Hart, ABC, 1981.

Dr. Webster, "Out of Commission," Taxi, ABC, 1981.

Sosa, "Of Mouse and Man," Hill Street Blues, NBC, 1982.

Harvey, "Die Ready, Aim," The Fall Guy, ABC, 1982.

Sosa, "Zen and the Art of Law Environment," Hill Street Blues, NBC, 1982.

Jack Norrell, "Landmark: Parts1&2," Barney Miller, ABC, 1982.

Dutch Gunderson, "Rendezvous at Big Gulch (Terror in the Neighborhood)," Police Squad!, CBS, 1982.

Gino Minelli, "Second Chance," T. J. Hooker, ABC, 1982.

Boston, "Chop Shop," Cagney & Lacey, CBS, 1983.

"Storm Warning," Bring 'Em Back Alive, CBS, 1983.

Joseph Berkholtzer, "Love among the Steele," Remington Steele, NBC, 1983.

Bernard Heiser, "Midway to What?," Hill Street Blues, NBC, 1983.

Foley, "The Eye of the Beholder," Night Court, NBC, 1984.

Mr. Morlin, "Vanity," St. Elsewhere, NBC, 1984.

Raleigh, "Breathless," St. Elsewhere, NBC, 1984.

Carmine Santorro, "Legacy," Hunter, NBC, 1984.

Petros, "Help Wanted: Angel," Highway to Heaven, NBC, 1984.

Simon Whittaker, "Queen's Gambit," Falcon Crest, 1984.

Simon Whittaker, "Sport of Kings," Falcon Crest, 1984.

Gino, "The Big Squeeze," The ATeam, NBC, 1985.

"Motor Homicide," Crazy Like a Fox, CBS, 1985.

Frankie Columbus, "Life of the Party," Scarecrow and Mrs. King, CBS, 1985.

Raleigh, "Bang the Eardrum Slowly," St. Elsewhere, NBC, 1985.

Mike Forbes, "The Football Story," Stir Crazy, CBS, 1985.

"Some Day My Prints Will Come," Crazy Like a Fox, CBS, 1985.

Joseph, "Thanksgiving at Mrs. Rossini's," Who's the Boss?, 1985.

Tony Maroni, "One for the Road," Amazing Stories, NBC, 1986.

Monty Paradise, "The Wedding Bell Blues," Riptide, NBC, 1986.

Sergeant Levin, "The Inheritance," Fame, syndicated, 1986.

Charlie Masaryk, "Poker Night," Hardcastle and McCormick, ABC, 1986.

Rostov, "Stemwinder: Parts 1 & 2," Scarecrow and Mrs. King, CBS, 1986.

Don Phillip Souza, "Witless," Sledge Hammer!, ABC, 1986.

Nicky Walters, "The Last Big Break," Simon & Simon, CBS, 1986.

Pranski, "Nobody's Perfect," The Wizard, CBS, 1986.

John Petruzzi, "Say Uncle," Hill Street Blues, NBC, 1986.

"Tintype," Outlaws, CBS, 1987.

Matteo Gionetti, "The Wedding," Starman, ABC, 1987.

Mr. Fetty, "Her Honour: Part 2," Night Court, NBC, 1987.

Rostov, "The Khrushchev List," Scarecrow and Mrs. King, CBS, 1987.

Paul Webber, "Back from the Dead," MacGyver, ABC, 1987.

Garlotti, "The Boxer," Amen, NBC, 1989.

Carlo Caretti, "Battle of the Sexes," Hard Time on Planet Earth, CBS, 1989.

Stranger, "Mike and Julie's Wedding," Growing Pains, ABC, 1989.

Archbishop Mosconi, "You Can Go Home Again," The Fanelli Boys, TNN, 1990.

Sam Miller, "The Incident," Hunter, NBC, 1990.

Sal Giordano, "Corky's Crush," Life Goes On, ABC, 1990.

Sal Giordano, "The Return of Uncle Richard," Life Goes On, ABC, 1990.

Sal Giordano, "With a Mighty Heart," Life Goes On, ABC, 1990.

Sal Giordano, "The Bigger Picture," Life Goes On, ABC, 1991.

Sal Giordano, "Toast," Life Goes On, ABC, 1991.

Sal Giordano, "Dueling Divas," Life Goes On, ABC, 1991.

Sal Giordano, "Loaded Question," Life Goes On, ABC, 1991.

Grandpa Silver, "A Fling in Palm Springs" (also known as "Palm Springs Weekend"), Beverly Hills, 90210, Fox, 1991.

Tony, "A Night in the Life," Ferris Bueller, NBC, 1991.

Johnny, "Death in Brooklyn," Brooklyn Bridge, CBS, 1991.

Carmine Bavasso, "Honor Bound," The Man in the Family, 1991.

Mr. Harris, "The Hardware Store," The Wonder Years, ABC, 1991.

"Mama," Tequila and Bonetti, 1992.

Sal Giordano, "Hearts & Flowers," Life Goes On, ABC, 1992.

Sal Giordano, "Consenting Adults," Life Goes On, ABC, 1992.

Sal Giordano, "Happy Holidays," Life Goes On, ABC, 1992.

Uncle Jules, "The Apartment," Mad about You, NBC, 1992.

Santo Angelini, "Dead Eye," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1993.

Restaurant manager, "The Pilot: Parts 1 & 2," Seinfeld, NBC, 1993.

"The Liquidator," The Hat Squad, CBS, 1993.

Bartender, "Payback," Hot Line, 1994.

Father Poma, "Five Cards, No Studs," Pig Sty, UPN, 1995.

Bob, "Charity," The Single Guy, NBC, 1995.

Mr. Dellanova, "Fevers of Unknown Origin," ER, NBC, 1996.

Johnny Beaumont, "The Commercial," Malcolm & Eddie, UPN, 1997.

Judge, "Too Hot Not to Cool Down," Sparks, UPN, 1997.

Manny, "Honey, I Shrunk the Turkey," Fired Up, NBC, 1997.

"The Comet," Brotherly Love, 1997.

Scalper, "What I Really Want to Do Is Direct," Fired Up, NBC, 1998.

Otto Cornowitz, "Age," Tracey Takes On , HBO, 1998.

Artie Rosen, "Czech Bouncer," NYPD Blue, ABC, 1998.

Elder #3, "Two Fathers: Part 1," The XFiles, Fox, 1999.

Elder #3, "One Son: Part 2," The XFiles, Fox, 1999.

Father O'Haberly, "Laurie Runs for Office," The Norm Show (also known as Norm ), ABC, 1999.

Phil, "Veronica's Record," Veronica's Closet, NBC, 2000.

Edgar Rosen, "Jackson," Kate Brasher, CBS, 2001.

Uncle Willie, "Family Affairs," First Monday, CBS, 2002.

Uncle Willie, "Right to Die," First Monday, CBS, 2002.

Albert "Sparky" Walters, "The Dark," The Guardian, CBS, 2002.

Fred "Freddy" Fleming, "Getting to Know You," 7th Heaven, The WB, 2004.

Fred "Freddy" Fleming, "Two Weddings, an Engagement and a Funeral," 7th Heaven, The WB, 2004.

Also appeared as Carlo Minnelli, "Flight to Terror," Ripcord; Anthony Lottabucci, Boys Will Be Boys, Fox; Mr. Hamel, Nurses, NBC; elderly patient, The Watcher, UPN; Mr. Lorenzo, Simon, The WB.



Published collections of poetry.