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Eddie Mekka Biography – Eddie Mekka Wiki
Eddie Mekka was an American actor from Worcester, Massachusetts. He was best known for his role as Carmine Ragusa on “Laverne and Shirley.” The sitcom aired on ABC from 1976 to 1983. He starred in about 50 TV shows and movies, including in small roles in Bill Condon’s 2006 film, “Dreamgirls,” and Penny Marshall’s 1992 film, “A League of Their Own,” according to his IMDb profile.
The Worcester native graduated from Burncoat High School in Worcester, Massachusetts. He went on to join the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. After graduating from college he started his dancing and singing career.
In the early 1970s, he was the head of the Worcester County Light Opera in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he was music and singing and led the youth program in 1971. He performed on Broadway in The Lieutenant, the performance earned him a 1975 Tony Award nomination. In the mid-1970s, he moved to Los Angeles, California. In 1976, he made his film debut as Carmine ‘The Big Ragoo’ Ragusa on Laverne & Shirley. He played the role for several years before the series was canceled in 1983 after 150 episodes.
He later landed many Television and film roles. Some of his film roles include Soghomon Tehlirian on Assignment Berlin, Sammy on Bum Rap, Joe Burns on Top of the World, Jerry on Land of the Free? and Mobo on Love Made Easy. Eddie Mekka was in A League of Their Own as Mae’s Guy in Bar. His Television roles include Carmine Ragusa on Laverne & Shirley, Joey DeLuca on Blansky’s Beauties, Bud on The Young and the Restless, and Frankie on Childrens Hospital.
In November 2008, Eddie and his fellow Laverne & Shirley co-star Cindy Williams reunited in a regional production of the Renée Taylor and Joseph Bologna comedy play It Had to Be You. Between April 2010 to June 2010, he starred as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof at the John W. Engeman Theater in Northport, New York.
Eddie Mekka Age
He was born on June 14, 1952, in Worcester, Massachusetts, the United States as Rudolph Edward Mekjian. He died on November 27, 2021, in Newhall, California. He was 69 years old.
Eddie Mekka Wife
He was married to his wife Yvonne Marie Grace. They were married on February 8, 1994. The couple has a daughter together, Mia. Eddie was previously married to his ex-wife DeLee Lively from May 28, 1983, until their divorce in 1992.
Eddie Mekka Daughter
Eddie and his wife Yvonne Marie Grace have a daughter, Mia Mekjian.
Eddie Mekka Family
He was the son of Mariam and Vaughn Mekjian. His father, Vaughn Mekjian, was a World War II veteran and his mother Mariam was Italian who worked as a presser. He is survived by his daughter, Mia; two brothers, Warren and Wayne; and his sister, Lenore.
Eddie Mekka Death
The Laverne & Shirley star died in November 2021, at the age of 69. He died at his home in Newhall, California, according to his brother, Warren Mekjian. After his neighbors did not hear from him for a “couple of days,” they checked in on him and found his body in his home, Mekjian said. It was unclear how or when he died. Mekjian said that there was no indication that his death was suspicious and that he died Friday or Saturday [November 26 or 27].
Co-star Michael McKean paid tribute to Mekka on Twitter. McKean tweeted: “A sad goodbye to Eddie Mekka this morning. A genuinely good guy and purveyor of cheer whenever things got cheerless. Value these people. RIP, Eddie.”
His fellow Laverne & Shirley star, Cynthia Williams wrote on Twitter, “My darling Eddie, A world-class talent who could do it all. I love you dearly. I’ll miss you so much. But oh the marvelous memories.”
Eddie Mekka Cause of Death
A cause of death was not revealed.
Eddie Mekka Height
He stands at a height of 5 feet 3 inches (1.6 m) tall.
Eddie Mekka Net Worth
He had an estimated net worth of $1 million.