The Working Actor EDITOR'S INTRO
This is the thirty nineth 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.
Mario Roccuzzo
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Mario Roccuzzo was born in Boston, Mass. The son of parents who performed on the Italian stage. His mother and father traveled up and down the New England coast performing with a repertory company. Watching rehearsals as a little boy, he became completely entranced with the idea of becoming an actor.

Roccuzzo's father passed away when he was just ten and a few years later, in 1954 his mother, sister and Mario traveled to California where he soon began studying the acting craft in the evening with the recently deceased Jeff Corey and later with Corey Allen while working during the day at "Wallach's Music City".

In 1960, young Mario, snuck into Columbia Studios, and into the office of John Frankenheimer. As he entered the room, he was asked what he was doing there. He replied "I wanted to audition for you for your next film". Frankenheimer apparently liked Roccuzzo's Moxie as after a cold reading, he was cast in the Director's next feature film, "The Young Savages".

Later that same year, "The Untouchables" was the No. 1 show on Television and Roccuzzo read and was awarded the title role of Nicky on that series. This was followed by a series of roles on shows like "The F.B.I.", "Stoney Burke", and "Surfside Six" from which he was Type Cast as "The Bad Guy".

It wasn't until the 1970's that producers saw him in a different light, and his roles became more diversified. Roccuzzo say's "I had the extreme joy of working with such stars as Fred Astaire, William Holden. And many others". He is proud of the friendship he developed with Bill Holden while doing "The Blue Knight" which lasted for many years.

During the 70's and 80's says Roccuzzo believes "I believe I acted on just about every Cop Show on TV". These include "Barretta", "Barnaby Jones", "Barney Miller", "Police Story", "Streets of San Francisco", and many others.

In 2001, Mario provided an engaging performance as Jerry the Bartender in the popular Jim Carey feature, "The Majestic". He also offered solid performances on "E.R.", "Judging Amy", and HBO's Creature Feature; "Earth vs. The Spider".

Of his 40+ years, as an actor, working in over 250 TV Shows, Roccuzzo admits "In my heart of hearts, I love Acting just as much as when he first started out!".

Theatrical Agency:
The Stevens Group
14011 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA. 91423
(818) 528-3674

Mario Roccuzzo' advice to the aspiring actor:

"An actor is only as good as his ability to listen. If the actor I am acting oposite and I are not completely tuned into each other, we cannot do service to our roles, ourselves, or the production. We must react honestly to each other, and that begins with good listening skills!"

Mario Roccuzzo's Credits (partial)
  • "The Majestic" - Playing Jerry the Bartender - Dir. Frank Darabont
  • "HBO First Look: The Majestic" - Playing Jerry
  • "Retribution" - Playing Johnny Blake - Dir. Guy Magar
  • "Three the Hard Way" - Playing Guard - Dir. Gordon Parks Jr.
  • "The Blue Knight" - Playing Harold Wagner - Dir. Robert Butler
  • "The Love-Ins" - Playing Hippie on LSD - Dir. Arthur Dreifuss
  • "Riot On Sunset Strip" - Playing Hippie Artist - Dir. Arthur Dreifuss
  • "For Singles Only" - Playing Rapist - Dir. Arthur Dreifuss
  • "Tobruk" - Playing Prisoner of War - Dir. Arthur Hiller
  • "The New Interns" - Playing Rapist - Dir. John Rich
  • "The Young Savages" - Playing Diavolo - Dir. John Frankenheimer

  • "Earth vs. the Spider"   - Playing Nick Bezis
  • "Judging Amy" - Playing "Mr. Bryant"
  • "Stepfather III"   - Playing Plastic Surgeon
  • "Condor "   - Playing Manny
  • "The Clone Master" - Playing Harry Tiezer
  • "BJ and the Bear" - Playing High Ranking Suit
  • "The Hunted Lady" - Playing Angie
  • "Serpico: The Deadly Game" (1976)   - Playing Pasquale Serpico
  • "Dark Victory"   - Playing Sandy
  • "Wonder Woman"   - Playing Waiter
  • "ER" - Playing "Mr. Tanzi"
  • "Dharma & Greg" - Playing "Primo"
  • "The Drew Carey Show" - Playing "Jimmy"
  • "Boston Common" - Playing "Checker"
  • "Sister, Sister" - Playing "Guy"
  • "Coach" - Playing "Ronald"
  • "The Good Life" - Playing "Charlie Donnetti"
  • "Silk Stalkings" - Playing "Sid Rivers"
  • "Married... with Children" - Playing "Vendor"
  • "Roseanne" - Playing "ghost of Hallowe'en present"
  • "The Flash" - Playing "Sam"
  • "The Golden Girls"
  • "Hardball"
  • "Life Goes On" - Playing "Tony"
  • "L.A. Law" - Playing "Walter Hilbar"
  • "Murder, She Wrote" - Playing "Wino"
  • "Hunter"
  • "Mr. Belvedere" - Playing multiple characters
  • "Star Trek: The Next Generation" - Playing "Arthur Malencon"
  • "Moonlighting" - Playing "Ticket Holder"
  • "Night Court" - Playing "Mario Eisenhower"
  • "Tales from the Darkside" - Playing "Henry Collender"
  • "Alice" - Playing "Mario"
  • "Barney Miller" - Playing multiple characters
  • "Kaz"
  • "Baretta"
  • "All in the Family" - Playing "TV Delivery Man"
  • "Police Story" - Playing multiple characters
  • "The Rookies"
  • "Hollywood Palace" - Playing multiple characters
  • "The Streets of San Francisco," - Playing "Marty"
  • "The F.B.I." - Playing multiple characters
  • "The Monkees" - Playing "Zeppo"
  • "Stoney Burke"

  • For more info and credits see IMDb

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