June 23, 1991 |
Ray Sharkey is a take-charge kind of a guy. At least he's taking charge of his first sitcom, "The Man in the Family," which premiered last week for a seven-episode tryout on ABC. The comedy, from executive producer Ed. Weinberger ("The Mary Tyler Moore Show"), centers around Sal Bavasso (Sharkey), a 34-year-old Italian-American living the high life in Las Vegas who promises his dying father he'll move back to Brooklyn, become the head of the family and manage their small neighborhood grocery.
June 19, 1991 |
Ray Sharkey is so terrific in pent-up, slow- and fast-boiling roles that it's no wonder he gets stuck in supporting character roles. And while it's nice to see him heading a cast in his first TV comedy series, "The Man in the Family" (premiering tonight at 9:30 on ABC Channels 7, 3, 10 and 42), its makers don't seem to know quite what to do with all his bristling energy. So they slow him, flatten him, till we almost get a laid-back Ray Sharkey.
February 10, 1991 |
Production has begun on "When You're Smiling," a new ABC mid-season comedy series about a vagabond Brooklyn-born Italian-American who promises his dying father he'll run the family grocery store. Ray Sharkey of "Wiseguy" stars with Julie Bovasso, Anne De Salvo and Joe Cortese. Premiere date will be announced at a later time.
December 9, 1990 |
MTV, payola, Japanese takeovers, Milli Vanilli--there have been some real music-biz shake-ups in recent years. It's prompted producer Gene Kirkwood to move ahead on a sequel to "The Idolmaker" (1980), the fictional film bio of Bob Marcucci, who developed and marketed pop singers in the '50s and '60s. "We've been talking about it for years, and now the time seems right," Kirkwood tells us. "Everybody (Ray Sharkey, Peter Gallagher, Olympia Dukakis) in the original has really grown."
January 31, 1990 |
Ray Sharkey, who played a mobster on TV's "Wiseguy," hugged and kissed reputed crime boss John Gotti at Gotti's assault trial. Sharkey visited the courtroom Tuesday and the pair later lunched at Giambone's, an Italian restaurant, the New York Post reported today. Sharkey, who said he has known Gotti since they were children in Brooklyn, portrayed the fictional crime kingpin Sonny Steelgrave in the TV series. Sharkey is researching a movie that deals with the Mafia, his publicist told the Post.
June 21, 1989 |
The Arts & Entertainment cable network is launching a series of four one-act plays by prize-winning playwrights to run under the umbrella title of "American Playwrights Theater: The One Acts." The first will be Tennessee Williams' "27 Wagons Full of Cotton," starring Lesley Ann Warren, Ray Sharkey and Peter Boyle, set for airing this fall. The others will be Eugene O'Neill's "The Robe," Marsha Norman's "Third and Oak: The Pool Hall" and Paul Zindel's "Let Me Hear You Whisper." Anthony Quinn will host the series.