Ken Wahl

Actor
A tall, dark, down-to-earth leading man, typically in streetwise parts, Ken Wahl had no previous acting training or experience when he auditioned for, and landed, the role of street gang member Richie Gennaro in Philip ... Read more »
Born: 10/31/1954 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (15)

Wiseguy 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Favor 1994 (Movie)

Tom Andrews (Actor)

The Search For Grace 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Taking of Beverly Hills 1991 (Movie)

Terry "Boomer" Hayes (Actor)

Omega 7 1987 (Movie)

Jack Corbett (Actor)

Gladiator 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Double Dare 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Purple Hearts 1984 (Movie)

Don Jardian (Actor)

Fort Apache, the Bronx 1981 (Movie)

Corelli (Actor)

Jinxed! 1981 (Movie)

Willie (Actor)

Race For the Yankee Zephyr 1981 (Movie)

Barney Whittaker (Actor)

The Soldier 1981 (Movie)

Soldier (Actor)

The Wanderers 1979 (Movie)

Richie (Actor)

Wiseguy (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A tall, dark, down-to-earth leading man, typically in streetwise parts, Ken Wahl had no previous acting training or experience when he auditioned for, and landed, the role of street gang member Richie Gennaro in Philip Kaufman's "The Wanderers" (1979). His subsequent film work has been sporadic and uneven. Wahl was well-cast as Paul Newman's partner in Daniel Petrie's unsatisfying cop drama "Fort Apache, The Bronx" (1981). He was teamed romantically with Bette Midler in the aptly named "Jinxed!" (1982); their off-screen animosity spilled onscreen. While "The Soldier" (1982) offered his first leading role in an action pic, Wahl fared no better, delivering a rather one-note wooden performance. In Sidney J. Furie's "Purple Hearts" (1984), Wahl was successfully repositioned as a romantic lead, portraying a doctor in Vietnam who falls for a nurse (Cheryl Ladd). His reteaming with Furie, 1991's "The Taking of Beverly Hills" was meant to cast the actor as an action hero, but the results were pallid. As was his second feature with Daniel Petrie, "The Favor" (filmed in 1990; released in 1994), in which he was object of desire of both Harley Jane Kozak and Elizabeth McGovern.

Relationships

Corinne Alphen Actor

Wife
Married 1983 Divorced 1991

Shane Barbi Associate Producer

Wife
Married Sept. 17, 1997 During interview on "The Howard Stern Show" (E!) and as reported in January 2004 Hustler magazine article, Barbi claimed she "shared" Wahl with her sister Renewed wedding vows 2008

Lorrie Vidal

Wife
Married 1993 Divorced 1997

Raymond Wahl

Son
Born in 1984 mother, Corinne Alphen

Milestones

1997

Sentenced to undergo treatment for alcohol addiction after pleading no contest to charges stemming from his 1996 arrest

1996

Arrested after allegedly threatening bartender with a knife; released on $150,000 bail

1996

Final film appearance to date, reprising the role of Vinnie Terranova in the ABC TV-movie "Wiseguy"

1996

Admitted in TV interview that he is an alcoholic; claimed that only vodka could help him deal with the physical pain that resulted after a motorcycle accident

1991

Returned to features with "The Taking of Beverly Hills"

1990

Left cast of "Wiseguy"; series continued without him

1987

Began playing leading role of Vinnie Terranova in CBS action serial, "Wiseguy"; also worked as supervising producer; received an Emmy nomination in 1989 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

1985

Made television debut as Anthony Valentine in TV-movie, "The Dirty Dozen: The Next Mission"

1985

TV series debut as Ken Sisko in the short-lived CBS crime drama, "Double Dare" opposite Billy Dee Williams

1979

Made feature film debut in "The Wanderers"

Grew up in Chicago and New York City

Bonus Trivia

.

The actor suffered severe back injuries in a fall in August 1992. A year later, he suffered a serious spinal injury in a motorcycle accident. He has not worked as an actor since 1996, and his website states that he is now disabled.

.

In an interview on "The Howard Stern Show" on the E! Network (and as reported in the January 2004 Hustler magazine article) Shane Barbi claimed that she "shares" Wahl with her sister, with Sia visiting Ken two to three times a week.

SIMILAR ARTICLES