Eddie Mekka

Actor, Singer, Dancer
Born in Massachusetts to parents with Armenian roots, Eddie Mekka is a veteran character actor. During the 1970s, Mekka worked in theater, running a local opera company in his hometown of Worcester, and eventually ... Read more »
Born: 06/14/1952 in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Actor (27)

Hope & Gloria 1995 - 1996, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Jamie Foxx Show 1995 - 1998, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Crossing Jordan 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dreamgirls 2006 (Movie)

Club Manager (Actor)

Love Made Easy 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Happy Days 30th Anniversary Reunion 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star 2003 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Laverne & Shirley 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Catch Me If You Can 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

California Dreams 1992 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Laverne & Shirley Reunion 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rockford Files: I Still Love L.A. 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Bum Rap 1993 (Movie)

Sammy (Actor)

A League of Their Own 1992 (Movie)

Mae's Guy in Bar (Actor)

Mulberry Street 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Beaches 1988 (Movie)

3rd Actor (Actor)

Celebrity Daredevils 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Circus of the Stars 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Eubie Blake: A Century of Music 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Laverne and Shirley 1975 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Circus of the Stars 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Circus of the Stars 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Blansky's Beauties 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Taking the Heat (TV Show)

Actor

Top of the World (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Born in Massachusetts to parents with Armenian roots, Eddie Mekka is a veteran character actor. During the 1970s, Mekka worked in theater, running a local opera company in his hometown of Worcester, and eventually appearing on Broadway. Relocating to Hollywood to pursue a career in television, Mekka got his big break in '76 when he was cast as Carmine Ragusa on the popular sitcom "Laverne & Shirley". During his seven-year stint on the show, he also appeared on its sister series, "Happy Days", and made guest appearances on other successful programs such as "The Love Boat" and "Fantasy Island". Although Mekka wasn't very active during the '80s and '90s, his career began to pick up in the new millennium. Not only did Mekka return to the stage for a variety of productions, he also made one-off appearances on hit shows such as "24", "Crossing Jordan", and "ER", and had a bit part in the feature film "Dreamgirls".

Relationships

Yvonne Grace

Wife

DeLee Lively Actor

Wife
Married from 1983-1992

Vaughn Mekjian

Father

Mariam Mekjian

Mother

Mia Mekka

Daughter
Mother, Yvonne Grace appeared opposite her father, as Tevye's youngest daughter, in "Fiddler on the Roof"

EDUCATION

Had a short stint at the Boston Conservatory

Trained under the guidance of famed choreographer Phil Black

Milestones

2008

Returned to NY for Steve Solomon's Off-Broadway play "My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish & I'm In Therapy!"

2006

Performed in "Hairspray" as Wilbur Turnblad in a Las Vegas production

2006

Had a small role as a Club Manager in "Dreamgirls"

2002

Appeared in a touring production of "The Goodbye Girl"

2000

Cast as Vince Fontaine in a national tour of "Grease" with Cindy Williams

1998

Had a recurring role on NBC's daytime drama "Sunset Beach"

1993

Began playing the role of 'Tevye' in various productions of "Fiddler on the Roof"

1992

Cast as Grady, Jenna's sidekick on the CBS daytime drama "Guiding Light"

1992

Briefly appeared as Madonna's boyfriend in "A League of their Own"

1988

Had a small role, opposite Bette Midler, in "Beaches"

1977

Cast on the short-lived "Happy Days" spin-off, "Blansky's Beauties" (ABC) as Joey DeLuca, a younger cousin to Carmine Ragusa

1977

Reprised role of Carmine on an episode of "Happy Days" (ABC)

1976

Landed the role of Carmine Ragusa on the ABC sitcom "Laverne & Shirley"

1975

Received a Tony nomination for his Broadway performance in "The Lieutenant"

1974

Appeared on Broadway in "The Magic Show" as Manny

Moved to Los Angeles

Headed the Worcester County Light Opera in Massachusetts

Bonus Trivia

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On July 2, 2009, Eddie Mekka was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in Las Vegas.

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