Harry Guardino

Actor
Guardino won raves on Broadway and in feature character roles before establishing himself as a TV lead in the early 1960s. Craggy-faced, sporting bushy eyebrows, and often somewhat rumpled, he convinces as ... Read more »
Born: 12/23/1925 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (50)

Fist of Honor 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Cheers 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1984 - 1987, 1990 - 1991 (Tv Show)

Actor

Under Surveillance 1991 (Movie)

(Actor)

True Confessions 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

On Our Way 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Lovers and Other Strangers 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Any Which Way You Can 1980 (Movie)

James Beekman (Actor)

Bender 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Goldengirl 1979 (Movie)

Valenti (Actor)

Matilda 1977 (Movie)

Uncle Nono (Actor)

Rollercoaster 1977 (Movie)

Keefer (Actor)

St. Ives 1976 (Movie)

Detective Deal (Actor)

The Enforcer 1976 (Movie)

Lieutenant Bressler (Actor)

Capone 1975 (Movie)

Johnny Torrio (Actor)

Whiffs 1975 (Movie)

Chops (Actor)

The New Adventures of Perry Mason 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Partners in Crime 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Police Story 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Monty Nash 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

They Only Kill Their Masters 1972 (Movie)

Sheriff (Actor)

Dirty Harry 1971 (Movie)

Lieutenant Bressler (Actor)

Red Sky at Morning 1971 (Movie)

Romeo (Actor)

Lovers and Other Strangers 1970 (Movie)

Johnny (Actor)

Jigsaw 1968 (Movie)

Arthur Belding (Actor)

Madigan 1968 (Movie)

Rocco Bonaro (Actor)

The Hell With Heroes 1968 (Movie)

Lee Harris (Actor)

Stranded 1966 (Movie)

Danny O'Neill (Actor)

The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin 1966 (Movie)

Sam Trimble (Actor)

Rhino! 1964 (Movie)

Alec Burnett (Actor)

The Lloyd Bridges Show 1962 - 1963 (TV Show)

Actor

Hell Is For Heroes 1961 (Movie)

Sergeant Larkin (Actor)

King of Kings 1961 (Movie)

Barabbas (Actor)

The Pigeon That Took Rome 1961 (Movie)

Sgt Joseph Contini (Actor)

Five Branded Women 1960 (Movie)

Branco (Actor)

Pork Chop Hill 1959 (Movie)

Forstman (Actor)

Houseboat 1958 (Movie)

Angelo Donatello (Actor)

The Five Pennies 1958 (Movie)

Tony Valani (Actor)

Contract on Cherry Street (TV Show)

Actor

Evening in Byzantium (TV Show)

Actor

Get Christie Love! (TV Show)

Actor

Having Babies (TV Show)

Actor

Indict and Convict (TV Show)

Actor

Pleasure Cove (TV Show)

Actor

Street Killing (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Child (TV Show)

Actor

The Lonely Profession (TV Show)

Actor

The Neon Empire (TV Show)

Actor

The Reporter (TV Show)

Actor

The Sophisticated Gents (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Guardino won raves on Broadway and in feature character roles before establishing himself as a TV lead in the early 1960s. Craggy-faced, sporting bushy eyebrows, and often somewhat rumpled, he convinces as Italian-American tough guys in and out of uniform and on both sides of the law. TV generally cast Guardino in positions of responsibility including lawyers (DA Hamilton Burger on "The New Adventures of Perry Mason" CBS, 1973-74), G-men ("Monty Nash" syndicated 1971), and police brass in a series of pilots both successful and busted ("The Police Story" NBC, 1973; "Get Christie Love!" ABC, 1974). His TV credits include numerous guest shots and several miniseries including the Melvin Van Peebles-scripted "The Sophisticated Gents" (NBC, 1981) and the Las Vegas-set crime drama "The Neon Empire" (Showtime, 1989).

Guardino entered films with character turns in low-budget genre programmers before gaining kudos for a supporting role in the light Cary Grant-Sophia Loren vehicle "Houseboat" (1958) as a comically wolfish handyman. Guardino was part of the sturdy ensemble supporting CO Gregory Peck in the tough-minded Korean War drama "Pork Chop Hill" (1959) and Steve McQueen in the fine WWII actioner "Hell Is For Heroes" (1962). He made strong impressions as a brutish muscular Barrabas in "King of Kings" (1961) and as the former Marine husband of Anne Meara in "Lovers and Other Strangers" (1970). Guardino's many Broadway credits include starring opposite Lauren Bacall in the hit musical "Woman of the Year" (1981).

Relationships

Elyssa Guardino

Wife
second wife mother of Paul and Gregory survived him

Michele Guardino

Daughter
from Guardino's first marriage survived him

Gregory Guardino

Son
mother Elyssa Guardino survived him

Michael Guardino

Son
from his first marriage survived him

Paul Guardino

Son
mother Elyssa Guardino survived him

EDUCATION

Haaren High School

Milestones

1981

Starred opposite Lauren Bacall in the hit Broadway musical, "Woman of the Year"

1973

Featured as prosecutor Hamilton Burger on "The New Adventures of Perry Mason"

1970

Starred as "Monty Nash", a syndicated adventure series

1968

Starred as the detective protagonist of "The Lonely Profession", an NBC TV-movie pilot

1968

First feature in starring role, "Jigsaw" (made for TV but shown theatrically first)

1964

First TV series as star, "The Reporter"

1963

TV debut, guest shot on "The Lloyd Bridges Show", a dramatic anthology series (date approximate)

1960

Nominated for a Tony for dramatic supporting performance on Broadway in "One More River"

1958

Memorable as Angelo Donatello, a comic handyman (and ladies man) in "Houseboat", starring Cary Grant and Sophia Loren

1951

Feature acting debut, "Purple Heart Diary/No Time For Tears"

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