Tom Mardirosian

Actor, Playwright, Educator
A character actor who vanishes into his roles, Tom Mardirosian is best remembered from the gritty HBO dramas "Oz" and "The Wire. " Mardirosian's love for acting began while in an Army Special Forces troop. After leaving ... Read more »
Born: 12/14/1947 in Buffalo, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (39)

Mom 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Elementary 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Let's Be Cops 2014 (Movie)

Georgie (Actor)

Blue Bloods 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps 2010 (Movie)

District Attorney (Actor)

The Philanthropist 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

New Amsterdam 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lady in the Water 2006 (Movie)

Mr. Bubchik (Actor)

Law & Order 1990 - 2003, 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cosby 1993 - 1997, 1999 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Love & War 1993 - 1995, 1999 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

NYPD Blue 1990 - 1991, 1993 - 1997, 1999 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nurses 1993 - 1994, 1999 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Oz 1998 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Wire 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

On the Q.T. 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

VR.5 1994 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Don Juan Demarco 1995 (Movie)

Baba the Eunuch (Actor)

The Dark Half 1993 (Movie)

Rick Cowley (Actor)

Boomerang 1992 (Movie)

Salesman (Actor)

Quiet Killer 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Betsy's Wedding 1990 (Movie)

Dave Delahaas (Actor)

Presumed Innocent 1990 (Movie)

Nico Della Guardia (Actor)

New York Stories 1989 (Movie)

Hasid (Actor)

Shakedown 1988 (Movie)

Cab Driver (Actor)

The Rosary Murders 1987 (Movie)

Detective Fallon (Actor)

Power 1986 (Movie)

Sheikh (Actor)

Alphabet City 1984 (Movie)

Benny (Actor)

Trading Places 1983 (Movie)

Officer Pantuzzi (Actor)

The Neighborhood 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Tootsie 1982 (Movie)

Stage Manager (Actor)

Miss Rose White (TV Show)

Actor

Muggable Mary: Street Cop (TV Show)

Actor

None So Blind (TV Show)

Actor

Rockabye (TV Show)

Actor

With Murder in Mind (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A character actor who vanishes into his roles, Tom Mardirosian is best remembered from the gritty HBO dramas "Oz" and "The Wire. " Mardirosian's love for acting began while in an Army Special Forces troop. After leaving the services, he headed back to his hometown of Buffalo, New York, where he began to appear in local theatre and studied drama at Buffalo's Studio ARENA Theatre School. Soon he headed downstate to work on Broadway, notably in "The Magic Show," a one-act musical starring magician Doug Henning. Soon he was appearing in small roles in feature films, notably as Officer Pantuzzi in the comedy "Trading Places" in 1983. Sporadic screen appearances lined his resume for the remainder of the 1980s, but it was in 1990 that his film career took off with a role as District Attorney Nico Della Guardia in the Harrison Ford paranoid thriller "Presumed Innocent." Soon further TV and screen parts poured in, and in 1998 he landed the key part of the childlike inmate Agamemnon Busmalis on HBO's prison drama "Oz." He portrayed the character from its second until its final sixth season. Now well-known to HBO's producers, he was swiftly snatched up for the part of corrupt FBI Agent Kristos Koutris on the second season of the network's multi-faceted crime drama "The Wire." For the rest of the 2000s Mardirosian dipped in and out of TV and feature film roles, memorably in M. Night Shyamalan's fantasy drama "Lady in the Water."

Relationships

Matthew Mardirosian

Father

Afro Mardirosian

Mother

Anna Victoria Mardirosian

Daughter

Sally Lucile Mardirosian

Daughter

Frederica Meister

Wife
married August 26, 1984

Milestones

2000

Guested on an episode of "Law & Order" that featured "Oz" co-stars Christopher Meloni and J K Simmons

1999

Starred as a barber in the festival-screened short "Razor's Edge"

1999

Played Baptista Minola in "The Taming of the Shrew", produced at Central Park's Delacourt Theater

1998

Had a regular role on the HBO prison-set drama "Oz", playing Agamemnon Busmalis, nicknamed The Mole for his tunnel-digging talent

1997

Returned to "One Life to Live", this time playing the unrelated character Mr. Easke

1995

Featured in "Don Juan De Marco"

1993

Had a supporting role in the thriller "The Dark Half"

1992

Played a diamond merchant accused of money laundering and murder in an episode of "Law & Order"

1992

Acted in an episode of "LA Law"

1991

Guested on "Law & Order" (NBC)

1990

Acted in the popular legal drama feature "Presumed Innocent"

1989

Nominated for a "Unique Theatrical Experience" Drama Desk Award for "Saved from Obscurity"

1984

Guested on "Miami Vice" (NBC)

1983

Played a police officer in the hit comedy "Trading Places"

1982

Had a supporting role as a stage manager in the modern comedy classic "Tootsie"

1979

Starred with Shirley Knight and Jane Alexander in the Manhattan Theatre Club presentation of John Hopkins' "Losing Time"

1967

Served in the US Army

Played King Kaiser in the Broadway musical production of "My Favorite Year"

His play "Subfertile" was produced in the 1990-1991 season at Playwrights Horizons

Starred in "The Magic Show" at the Cort Theatre

Was a drama coach at the Studio Arena Theater of Buffalo and an instructor at Teacher's College

Had early stage credits in "The Trial of the Catonsville Nine" and "Romeo and Juliet" at the Studio Arena Theatre in Buffalo

Had a recurring role on the ABC daytime drama "One Life to Live", playing General Gazi

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