Actor Eddie Mekka, who was an everyday on the Seventies-80s sitcom `Laverne and Shirley` and likewise a Tony Award nominee, has died on the age of 69.
Based on Fox Information, his loss of life was confirmed by his brother Warren Mekjian on Thursday. “All people was happy with Eddie`s accomplishments on TV and he was a humorous man,” Warren mentioned, including “Eddie all the time beloved to bounce and sing and makes jokes. He all the time tried to make individuals chuckle and luxuriate in themselves.”
Warren wasn`t positive of the reason for Eddie`s loss of life 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 Mild Opera in his hometown within the early Seventies and made his Broadway debut within the 1975 rock opera `The Lieutenant`.
Although the present closed after solely 9 performances, it earned 4 Tony nominations, together with one for Mekka as finest actor in a musical. He additionally earned a Drama Desk Award nod for his function.
He landed the function of Carmine `The Huge Ragoo` Ragusa, Shirley`s (Cindy Williams) boyfriend, on `Laverne and Shirley` in 1976 and remained with the collection 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 Needed to Be You`. He additionally labored with the opposite title star of `Laverne & Shirley`, Penny Marshall, in a short function in Marshall`s movie `A League of Their Personal` as a man Mae (Madonna) dances with at a bar.
“I bought to do an amazing jitterbug quantity with Madonna in A League of Their Personal. And on Laverne & Shirley, as a result of I like to sing Tony Bennett, we labored in a recurring bit the place, at any time when Laverne is mad at Carmine, all he has to do is sing the road from the Tony Bennett track, ` I`d go from rags to riches …` and he or 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 a lot of TV collection, together with `24`, `ER`, `It`s All the time Sunny in Philadelphia` and daytime dramas The Younger and the Stressed` and `The Daring and the Lovely`.
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