Adrian Zmed

Adrian Zmed

Birth name: Adrian George Zmed
Born: March 14, 1954
Age: 64
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
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Biography

Adrian George Zmed (born March 14, 1954) is an American actor, singer and television personality, noted for the roles of Johnny Nogerelli in Grease 2 and Officer Vince Romano, the rookie partner of Sgt. T.J. Hooker (played by William Shatner) in the T.J. Hooker television series.

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Early life

Zmed was born in Chicago, Illinois, the youngest of three sons of George Zmed, later known as George Zmed-Smith (1916-2010), a Romanian Orthodox priest, who served from 1952 until his retirement in 1983, and his wife, Persida (née Golub) Zmed, later known as Sadie Smith (1923-2015). George Zmed was a first-generation American born in Chicago to Romanian parents, Nicolae and Paraschiva (née Bălan), who had immigrated from Comloşu Mare, Timiş County in the early 20th century. At the age of five, George and his family returned to Romania, where he was educated; he returned to the United States in November 1952. George and Persida (also Romanian-born) were married October 15, 1942, in Timisoara. The couple had three sons, in the following order: Cornel, Walter, and Adrian.

Adrian graduated from Lane Tech High School in Chicago. He began playing football as halfback for the school's team until, when playing in 1968, he broke a leg bone which in turn punctured a major artery. He quit sports and began acting, appearing in his high school's production of Guys and Dolls. After being featured on a local TV show as one of Chicago's top high school performers, Zmed transferred to the Goodman School of Drama and began studying voice at the Chicago Conservatory of Music. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Goodman School of Drama.

Acting career

Zmed's first major acting gig was the role of the male lead, Danny Zuko, in the national touring company production of Grease. He later appeared in the Broadway stage musical three times, twice in the role of Zuko. At 40, Zmed revived the role of Zuko in the 1995 Broadway revival.

Television

In 1978, Zmed made his television debut, appearing as Marty Decker in two episodes of ABC's Starsky and Hutch. From there, he won the role of Socks Palermo in the short-lived CBS television series Flatbush (1979), based upon the Sylvester Stallone and Henry Winkler film, The Lords of Flatbush. Following the show's cancellation, he was cast as Frankie Millardo in Goodtime Girls, which lasted one season (1980). He had guest roles on such series as Angie, I'm a Big Girl Now and Bosom Buddies, and made a guest appearance on An Evening at the Improv in 1982.

Zmed reached celebrity status as Officer Romano in ABC's T.J. Hooker. He played Fred Feliciano in Victims for Victims: The Theresa Saldana Story (1984) and made guest appearances on a number of television shows throughout the 1980s and 1990s, including Hotel, Empty Nest, Murder, She Wrote and Caroline in the City. He left T.J. Hooker in 1985 when the show moved to CBS, choosing instead to replace Deney Terrio as host of Dance Fever for its final two seasons.

He has appeared as himself on VH1's I Love the 80s, Saturday Night Live and also filled in on The Bozo Show. He appeared as Basil (the "floating head") on the NBC soap opera Passions and participated in VH1's Confessions of a Teen Idol.

Features

Following the huge success of John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John in the movie version of Grease, Paramount Pictures quickly secured the rights to a sequel. Zmed was chosen to play one of the lead characters in Grease 2, Johnny Nogerelli, the new leader of the T-Birds gang. His performance led to other movie roles, including The Final Terror (1983) and Bachelor Party (1984). He appears in the film The Craving Heart (2006).

Return to theatre

Zmed returned to stage work in the 1990s. He headlined the musical Children of Eden at the Paper Mill Playhouse. He starred in three shows on Broadway: Falsettos, Blood Brothers, and Grease. He later appeared as Noah in the musical The Ark in New York City. He played Nick in the short-lived play Surf The Musical at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas in 2012.

Other work

Zmed provided the voiceover for "Toth" in the 2002 video game, Star Wars Jedi Starfighter. He was also under contract until April 2009 with Princess Cruise Lines to perform Adrian Zmed, In Concert... aboard the Coral Princess and the Island Princess, debuting June 25, 2008.

In 2006, he filmed a 30-second public service announcement for the non-profit organization Dogs Deserve Better.

In 2017, Zmed was seen promoting the T.J. Hooker television series and other classic television series on the MeTV television network.

Personal life

Zmed has been married three times. He married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Fitzner, in 1976. Their two sons, Zachary and Dylan, are rock musicians who have been members of the rock band The Janks and the Bird Dogs.

Zmed married New Zealand actress/singer Susan Wood; that marriage also ended in divorce.

He married Lyssa Lynne Baker on October 5, 2012. They held another (smaller) wedding in Thailand on November 23, 2012.

Zmed remains friends with his co-star and childhood television hero, William Shatner. He spoke in a 2016 interview with Las Vegas Magazine about Shatner:

I learned so much just watching him. ...it's a very different energy on camera than onstage. Instead of reaching the last person 50 rows away from you, you're reaching someone three feet in front of you, which is really daunting.... His camera technique was just incredible. He was so relaxed and all. I learned so much in term of the moment, on how you readjust your energy, how you get efficient with camera technique. And just the stories. When he directed, he would mentor me. I do consider Bill a mentor, no question about it.... Oh yeah. He was very helpful in saying, "Be smart with the money that you're making during TJ Hooker and be smart with the decisions you're making in terms of your career." ... I did heed his advice on making good choices.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1982 Grease 2 Johnny Nogerelli
1983 The Final Terror Marco Cerone Alternate title: Campsite Massacre
1984 Bachelor Party Jay O'Neill
1989 Eyewitness to Murder Tyler
1993 The Other Woman Greg Mathews Direct-to-video film
1994 Improper Conduct Doug
1999 Unconditional Love Mario
2000 Running from the Shadows Sasch
2000 Little Insects Sir Sneekleberry (voice)
2002 Until Morning Kyle
2004 The Drone Virus Frank Schmidt
2005 Shira: The Vampire Samurai Kristof Direct-to-video film
2005 Sex Sells: The Making of Touché Lance Long
2006 The Craving Heart Phil Jorgenson
TBA Spring Break '83 Billy's father Post-production

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1978 Starsky & Hutch Marty Decker Episode: "Discomania"
1979 Flatbush Socks Palermo 6 episodes
1979-80 Angie Maxie Episodes: "The First Separation", "The Thief", "Marie Moves Out"
1980 Goodtime Girls Frankie Millardo 13 episodes
1980 For the Love of It Fernando TV movie
1981 I'm a Big Girl Now Mechanic Episode: "There's No Business Like Joe Business"
1981 Bosom Buddies Joseph "Joey Midnight" Raybonz Episode: "Best Friends"
1982-85 T. J. Hooker Officer Vincent "Vince" Romano 72 episodes
1984 Glitter Tom Episode: "Pilot"
1984 Victims for Victims: The Theresa Saldana Story Fred Feliciano TV movie
1985-87 Dance Fever Adrian Zmed (Host) 60 episodes
1986 Hotel Bob Episode: "Shadows of Doubt: Part 1"
1986 The Love Boat Eddy Conrad Segment: "Spain Cruise: Love's Labors Found" (Parts 1 & 2)
1987 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Edgar Kraft Episode: "When This Man Dies"
1987 You Are the Jury Stanley Manning Episode: "The State of Oregon vs. Stanley Manning"
1987 Hotel Scott Osborne Episode: "Dark Horses"
1988 Empty Nest Gary Episode: "Your Check Isn't in the Mail"
1989 Murder, She Wrote Bert Firman Episode: "From Russia... with Blood"
1994 Silk Stalkings Calvin Episode: "Judas Kiss"
1998 The Steve Harvey Show Derrick Love Episode: "White Men Can Funk"
1998 Storm Chasers: Revenge of the Twister Smitty TV movie
1998 Caroline in the City Jonathan Episode: "Caroline and the Rotten Plum"
1999 Diagnosis: Murder Adrian Zmed Episode: "Trash TV: Part 2"
2000 Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show Hook Episode: "Hook, Whodunit?"
2007 Passions Basil 13 episodes
2007 Larry the Cable Guy's Christmas Spectacular Dirty Caroler Dad TV movie
2013 Outside the Box Jack Torrence Episode: "The Shining"
2016 Lady Dynamite Adrian Zmed Episodes: "A Vaginismus Miracle", "Knife Feelings"
2016 Sharknado: The 4th Awakens Adrian Zmed TV movie

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2002 Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter Toth (voice)

[ Source: Wikipedia ]