The Working Actor EDITOR'S INTRO
This is the thirty sixth 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.
John C. Moskoff
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John C. Moskoff was born in Illinois and raised in Redwood City, California. He began studying acting in High School. He attended San Francisco State University and performed in numerous stage productions including "Kiss Me Kate", "Poor of San Francisco", "Antigene," "The Balcony," "Talk to Me Like the Pain" etc. John apprenticed during two summers at the Bridgebay Summer Theater and at the Pancake Summer Theatre working backstage and performing in many plays.

After graduating with a BA in Drama and serving in the Army, John came to Los Angeles to take his shot at the "biz"!. During his career Moskoff has appeared in over 350 television commercials and has been seen in many TV shows... among them "The Closer", "Diagnosis Murder","Veronica's Closet" "Journey of Allen Strange", "Mad About You", "Golden Girls", "It's A Living", "30 Something", and "Moonlighting". He was seen regularly as Paul's father, Alvin Pfeiffer in "The Wonder Years".

Moskoff's TV movies have included "Gypsy" with Bette Midler, "Payback" with Ed Asner, "There were Times,Dear" with Shirley Jones, "Case for Life" and "Give Me Back My Child" with Valerie Bertinelli. John also appeared in the PBS Award-Winning '"Eddie Files".

Onstage, a sampling of performances includes "Charley Bacon" at South Coast Rep., originating the role of Maish in the Long Beach production of "Requiem for a Heavyweight", then going on with "Requiem" playing the Bartender at the Long Wharf with John Lithgow and Riohard Dreyfuss and again on Broadway with Lithgow and George Segal. Some other plays include "Trial of A.Lincoln" with Henry Fonda and Billy Dee Williams, "Odd Couple", "Cousins", and "Catch Me if You Can".

Moskoff's Feature Films have included "The Cable Guy", "Bugsy", "Welcome Back, Roxy Carmichael", and "Death of an Angel". Most recently, John played Ross' Uncle in "Friends" and appears currently in a "Cheese" commercial with Sparky Anderson and Johnny Bench. And to round out his life, John is an avid golfer!

Roz Tillman

Theatrical Agency:
Hervey-Grimes Talent Agency
Marsha Hervey - 310-475-2010
Pam Grimes - 818-981-0891

Commercial Agency:
Cassell-Levy, Inc. (CLI)

John C. Moskoff's advice to the aspiring actor:

"If you have the desire to act...... go for it!

Do everything you can to achieve your goal. Don't wake up at 50 to say I should have tried it. But you have to look at the biz of show and realize the odds of making it are slim. Plan your steps, and learn as much as you can about the biz. Take classes, act, attend the theater, act, join workshops, act, learn about backstage, learn about production, ACT! Watch, read, ask questions. Everyone wants to be a star, but we all can't acheive that status. You can have a successful career and make a living in this difficult business. You just have to plan and set your own personal limits to guide you during your search, and, you often have to rely on other means to make a living while you're learning and searching.

The show of business can be very satisfying and rewarding - it's the business that's the challenge! "

John C. Moskoff's Credits (partial)
"Cable Guy"
"Vasectomy: A Delicate Matter"
"Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael"
"Death Of An Angel"
Ben Stiller, Dir.
Barry Levinson, Dir.
Emile Ardolino, Dir.
Bob Burge, Dir.
Jim Abrahams, Dir.
Petru Popescu, Dir.
Alfred Hitchcock, Dir.

"Time of Your Life"
"Diagnosis Murder"
"Veronica's Closet"
"The Closer"
"Journey Of Allen Strange"
"Case For Life"
"Mad About You"
"Golden Girls"
"Wonder Years"
"Oldest Rookie"
"Out Of This World"
"Jake L The Fatman"
"St. Elsewhere"
"There Were Times, Dear"
"Equal Justice"
"It's A Living"
"Goddess Of Love"
"Beverly Hills Buntz"
"The Eddie Files"
"Old Reliable"
Guest Star
Guest Star
Guest Star
Guest Star
Guest Star
Guest Star
Recurring "Alvln Pfeiffer""
Guest Star
Guest Star
Guest Star
Guest Star
Guest Star
Gary Halverson,Dir.
Ellen Pressman, Dir. FOX
Chris Hibler, Dir. CBS
Robert Berllnger, Dir. NBc
WIII MacKenrie, Dir. CBS
Paul Hoen, Dir., Nickelodeon
Ken Cameron, Dir. ABC MOW
Eric Launeville, Dir. ABC MOW
Michael Lembeck, Dir. NBC
Terry Hughes, Dir. NBC
Various Directors, ABC
Barbara Peters, Dir. ABC
Bob Booker, KTLA
Alexander Singer, Dir. CBS
Joyce Chopra, Dir. FOX MOW
Richard Kramer/Peter O'Fallon, Dirs, ABC
Bruce Paltrow, Dir. NBC
Nancy Malone, Dir. PBS
Michael Switzer, Dir. ABC
Gilbert Junger, Dir. NBC
Jim Drake, Dir. NBC MOW
Eric Launeville, Dir. ABC
Rob Mikuriya, Dir. PBS
Dennis Dugan, Dir. ABC
Michael Blakemore, Dir. PBS

"Requiem For A Heavyweight"
"Charley Bacon H His Family"
"Horton Foote's Cousins"
"Odd Couple"
"Trial Of Lincoln"
"Catch Me If You Can"
Broadway, Dallas, Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Long Beach
South Coast Repertory
Loft Theatre
San Dlego, Kansas City
Huntington Hartford, Phoenlx, Detroit
Dallas, Lubbock, San Antonio, Boston, Rhode Island

Current list available upon request
French, Slavic, British, Italian, German, New York, Yiddish
Golf, Swimming, Tennls, Fencing, Motorcycle Riding, Water Polo, Skin Diving, Basketball

For more info and credits see IMDb

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