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Ralph Manza

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Ralph Manza
Ralph Manza in 1974
Born
Ralph A. Manza, Jr.

(1921-12-01)December 1, 1921
DiedJanuary 31, 2000(2000-01-31) (aged 78)
OccupationTelevision and film actor
Years active1954–2000
Spouse(s)
Catherine Manza
(m. 1948; his death 2000)
Children4

Ralph Manza (December 1, 1921 – January 31, 2000[1]) was an American character actor who made over 160 appearances in American film and TV shows.

Career

A pre-med student at UC-Berkeley in the early 1940s, Manza was drafted into the United States Army during World War II. He was serving as a medic in the Army when he was assigned to an acting troupe.

Manza appeared on daytime television briefly in 1963 as an original cast member of the ABC-TV soap opera series General Hospital, where he played the role of Mike Costello. Manza went on to become a character actor appearing on many primetime TV series in guest role spots, beginning in the 1950s with the TV crime/drama series Highway Patrol, and Alfred Hitchcock Presents.

This part of his acting career continued to flourish through the 1960s, with appearances on such shows as 77 Sunset Strip, McHale's Navy, Perry Mason, The Twilight Zone, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. and Gunsmoke, continuing in the 1970s and 1980s on such series such as Get Smart, My Three Sons, Night Gallery, Police Woman, The Golden Girls, Hart to Hart, Chico and the Man, Barney Miller (in 7 episodes), Benson, Simon and Simon, Night Court, Newhart and most notably Banacek, on which he co-starred as the perpetually puzzled chauffeur Jay Drury. He went on into the 1990s, with appearances on the long-running NBC-TV sitcom series Seinfeld, CBS-TV's The Nanny and NBC-TV's Friends. Manza also made appearances in several feature films, perhaps most memorably as the actor playing Hitler in Mel Brooks' Blazing Saddles (1974) ("They lose me after the bunker scene.") and as the fisherman whose scene in the 1998 Godzilla was used as the film's first teaser. He maintained a very active career up until the time of his death.

Death

Manza died in January 2000 in Scripps Health-Encintas Hospital in Encinitas, California of a heart attack. He had also suffered a heart attack three weeks before his death while filming a commercial for Budweiser.

Filmography

References

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  2. ^ "The Enemy Below (1957) - Cast and Crew". www.moviefone.com. Retrieved April 11, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "That Touch of Mink (1962) - Cast and Crew". www.moviefone.com. Retrieved April 11, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? (1966) - Cast and Crew". www.moviefone.com. Retrieved April 11, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ ""Gunsmoke" Dead Man's Law (TV Episode 1968) - IMDb". Retrieved April 11, 2021 – via www.imdb.com. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "The One and Only (1978) - Cast and Crew". www.moviefone.com. Retrieved April 11, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Love at First Bite (1979) - Cast and Crew". www.moviefone.com. Retrieved April 11, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again (1979) - Cast and Crew". www.moviefone.com. Retrieved April 11, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Fatso (1980) - Cast and Crew". www.moviefone.com. Retrieved April 11, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "Little Miss Marker (1980) - Cast and Crew". www.moviefone.com. Retrieved April 11, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ "The Philadelphia Experiment (1984) - Cast and Crew". www.moviefone.com. Retrieved April 11, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ "Beer (1985) - Cast and Crew". www.moviefone.com. Retrieved April 11, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 5, 2014. Retrieved February 28, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ "Dave (1993) - Cast and Crew". www.moviefone.com. Retrieved April 11, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. ^ "Get Shorty (1995) - Cast and Crew". www.moviefone.com. Retrieved April 11, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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