The Working Actor EDITOR'S INTRO
This is the fifteenth in a continuing feature at IndustryCentral profiling "The Working Actor". (See Archives below)
William Shakespeare said "There are no small parts.....". William Shatner may have said it too, but the longhair with the tights was first, or so the reports go. In this feature we will explore what it really means to be an actor working in Motion Pictures and Television.
Broad public acknowledgment may have eluded some who find their way to these pages, or perhaps they may have brushed against what is referred to as stardom by virtue of one or more remarkable performances. However for many, the rewards of plying their craft in a field which has allowed them to earn a living may exceed the burdens of public acclaim. Given the chance, some in this clan might prefer the longevity offered by anonymity over the potential for short lived fame.
These individuals, either by design or fate, have managed to sustain a career by crafting performances which rendered them a good casting choice. They are usually thought of as a face you recognize, but you just can't get the name past the tip of your tongue.
Most of these folks have spent countless hours on stage in theaters ranging from 20 seats to 2000, building characters from the works of Ibsen, to Eliot, to Williams, to yes even Shakespeare, and so many of the modern Playwrights. They have rounded their skills doing drama, comedy, & musicals. Their work is a serious venture.
These people have given us screen performances which quite often were the catalyst that brought an Oscar or Emmy to another and yet they continue to work as "Characters" or "Co-Stars" without the trophies and plaques adorning their mantle.
Jay Acovone
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Jay Acovone, an actor of diverse talents recently worked with Tom Hanks on the Film "Cast Away" and also the HBO film "Dorothy Danridge". Jay has also recently had recurring roles on NBC's hit series "Providence" playing Vincent The Loan Shark, and on "Stargate" as Major Charlie Kowalski.

Jay's film credits include "Crime of the Century" directed by Mark Rydell, "Nails" with Dennis Hooper, "Cold Steel" with Sharon Stone, "Cruising" with Al Pacino, and an endless list of others.

Movies of the Week include "The Magician", "On The Line", with Linda Hamilton, and "Murder She Wrote" to name but a few. Jay has starred in the Television Series "Beauty and the Beast" for CBS and "Hollywood Beat" for ABC/Spelling. He also starred in the sitcom "Locals" with John Razenberger.

The youngest of three children, Jay is a native of Lake Mahopac, New York. His family still owns and operates the Dry Cleaning business his grandfather started long ago. Immediately after graduating from Mahopac High, Jay began exploring career options. His life changed one day while pumping gas. A friend suggested that he try out for a role in "Mr. Roberts". Much to his surprise, he landed the role and by opening night a career in acting had begun.

With the blessings of his family, he headed to New York and studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute

Jay graced daytime television for two years in "As The World Turns", and spent two more years on "Search For Tomorrow".

Jay lives in the Los Angeles area with wife and three Pugs. He enjoys boxing, swimming, and snow skiing for which he holds an instructors license and many awards. Jay is also a motorcycle and race car enthusiast.

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Jay Acovone's advice to the aspiring actor:

"We gamble with our lives everyday because in our line of work we don't have anything to fall back on.

Every waking hour of the day is spent on self promotion or education and there is just no time to have a second career. This is not a hobby or anything to 'dabble' in. A career in acting requires 100% dedication.

So, if your're ready - Good Luck, and God Speed!."

Jay Acovone's Credits (partial)

Film and Television

  •  "Molly" (1999)  .... Jack
  •  "On the Line" (1998) (TV)  .... Captain Unander
  •  "The Peacemaker" (1997)  .... Cop
  •  "Crime of the Century" (1996) (TV)  .... Sergeant Wallace
  •  "Foxfire" (1996)  .... Chuck
  •  "Independence Day" (1996)  .... Area 51 Guard
  •  "Crash Dive" (1996) (V)  .... Murphy
  •  "Crosscut" (1996)  .... Frank
  •  "Snitch" (1996)  .... Macelroy
  •  "Time Under Fire" (1996)  .... Schmidt
  •  "Columbo: Strange Bedfellows" (1995) (TV)  .... Bruno Romano
  •  "Opposite Corners" (1995)
  •  "Lookin' Italian" (1994)  .... Vinny Pallazzo
  •  "Born to Run" (1993) (TV)  .... Richie
  •  "Marked for Murder" (1993) (TV)  .... Minelli
  •  "Conflict of Interest" (1993)  .... Detective Falcone
  •  "Magician, The" (1993) (TV) 
  •  "A Murderous Affair: The Carolyn Warmus Story" (1992) (TV)  .... Lt. Robert Carlino
  •  "Nails" (1992) (TV)  .... Captain Evan Graham
  •  "Stepfather III" (1992) (TV)  .... Steve Davis
  •  "Quicksand: No Escape (1992) (TV)  .... Detective Harris
  •  "Doctor Mordrid" (1992)  .... Tony Gaudio
  •  "Out for Justice" (1991)  .... Bobby Arms
  •  "War and Remembrance" (1989) (Mini-Series)  .... Quartermaster Maselli (Barracuda)
  •  "Beauty and the Beast" (1987) (TV Series)  .... Deputy District Attorney Joe Maxwell
  •  "Cold Steel" (1987)  .... Cookie
  •  "Women of Valor" (1986) (TV)  .... Captain Rader
  •  "Hollywood Beat" (1985) (TV Series)  .... Det. Jack Rado
  •  "Search for Tomorrow" (TV Series)  .... Brian Emerson #4 (1982-1984)
  •  "Times Square" (1980)  .... Plainclothes Cop
  •  "Cruising" (1980) .... Skip Lea

Notable TV Guest Appearances

  •  "The Pretender" [2]
  •  "Sliders" (1995) playing "Stu"
  •  "Stargate SG-1"[Pilot +4](1997) playing "Major Charles Kawalsky"
  •  "Providence" [4] (1999) playing "Vincent"
  •  "Diagnosis Murder"(1993) playing "Clifton Moloney"
  •  "Silk Stalkings" [3]
  •  "Total Security" (1997) playing "Tommy Annunziato"
  •  "The X Files " (1993) playing "Detective Curtis"
  •  "Sliders" (1995) playing "Dr. Tassler"
  •  "Dark Skies" (1996)
  •  "The Sentinel" (1996) playing "Gary Hendrickson"
  •  "NYPD Blue" [2] (1993) playing "Raymond DiSalvo"
  •  "Friends" (1994) playing "Fireman Charlie"
  •  "Matlock" [2] (1986)
  •  "Murder, She Wrote" [3] (1984) playing "Lt. Nick Acosta"
  •  "Commish, The" (1991) playing "Nick Collette"
  •  "Red Shoe Diaries" (1992) playing "Goucho"
  •  "Hardball" (1989) playing "Matelli"

Theater - Los Angeles & New York

  •  "Crooks" .... Playing "Artie"
  •  "Asphalt" .... Playing "Johnny Del Gatto"
  •  "On Tina Tuna Walk" .... Playing "J.J."
  •  "Cap & Bells" .... "Fifi La Belle"
  •  "Marlon Brando Sat Right Here" .... Playing "Larry Mastice"

For more info and credits see IMDb

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