Actor Eddie Mekka, who was a daily on the Nineteen Seventies-80s sitcom `Laverne and Shirley` and in addition a Tony Award nominee, has died on the age of 69.
According to Fox News, his demise was confirmed by his brother Warren Mekjian on Thursday. “Everybody was proud of Eddie`s accomplishments on TV and he was a funny guy,” Warren mentioned, including “Eddie always loved to dance and sing and makes jokes. He always tried to make people laugh and enjoy themselves.”
Warren wasn`t positive of the reason for Eddie`s demise however confirmed he was alone at house in Newhall, California, on November 27 when police discovered him. Warren did reveal that six months in the past, Eddie went to a hospital and was identified with a blood clot.
Born in Worcester, Massachusetts, Mekka headed the Worcester County Light Opera in his hometown within the early Nineteen Seventies and made his Broadway debut within the 1975 rock opera `The Lieutenant`.
Though the present closed after solely 9 performances, it earned 4 Tony nominations, together with one for Mekka as greatest actor in a musical. He additionally earned a Drama Desk Award nod for his position.
He landed the position of Carmine `The Big Ragoo` Ragusa, Shirley`s (Cindy Williams) boyfriend, on `Laverne and Shirley` in 1976 and remained with the sequence all through its eight-season run on ABC.
Mekka and Williams would work collectively once more within the 2000s in a touring manufacturing of `Grease` and a regional manufacturing of the play `It Had to Be You`. He additionally labored with the opposite title star of `Laverne & Shirley`, Penny Marshall, in a short position in Marshall`s movie `A League of Their Own` as a man Mae (Madonna) dances with at a bar.
“I got to do a great jitterbug number with Madonna in A League of Their Own. And on Laverne & Shirley, because I love to sing Tony Bennett, we worked in a recurring bit where, whenever Laverne is mad at Carmine, all he has to do is sing the line from the Tony Bennett song, `You know I`d go from rags to riches …` and she forgives him,” he recalled in a 2014 interview with a newspaper, as per The Hollywood Reporter.
Mekka had a job within the 2006 characteristic `Dreamgirls` and made appearances on plenty of TV sequence, together with `24`, `ER`, `It`s Always Sunny in Philadelphia` and daytime dramas The Young and the Restless` and `The Bold and the Beautiful`.
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