Friday, December 6, 2013

Actor Tony Musante Passes On

Tony Musante, who starred in the Seventies police drama Toma, died on 26 November 2013 at the age of 77. The cause was a haemorrhage that occurred following oral surgery.

Tony Musante was born on 30 June 1936 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He attended Oberlin College in Ohio and after graduating he attended a drama school at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He made his television debut in 1963 in an episode of The Dupont Show of the Week. In the Sixties he guest starred on such shows as The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, The Trials of O'Brien, and The Fugitive. He made his film debut in 1965 in Once a Thief. In the Sixties he appeared in the films The Incident (1967), The Detective (1968). l mercenario (1968), Metti, una sera a cena (1969), L'uccello dalle piume di cristallo (1970), and Anonimo venezian (1970).

In the Seventies he appeared in the films The Grissom Gang (1971), The Last Run (1971), Il caso Pisciotta (1972), Goodbye e amen (1978), and Eutanasia di un amore (1978).  In 1973 he was cast in the role of David Toma on the ABC TV series Toma. While the show received good ratings, Tony Musante left after one season to pursue opportunities in stage and film. He also guest starred on the shows Marcus Welby M.D., The Rockford Files, Medical Story, and Police Story. He made his debut on Broadway in P. S. Your Cat Is Dead! in 1975 and went onto appear in productions of A Memory of Two Mondays / 27 Wagons Full of Cotton and The Lady from Dubuque.

In the Eighties he appeared in the films Notturno (1983), La gabbia (1985), and Il pentito (1985). He guest starred on the shows The Equaliser and Night Heat. He was a regular on the soap opera Loving for a time. In the Nineties he was a semi-regular on the TV series Oz. He guest starred on the shows Nothing Sacred and Acapulco H.E.A.T. He appeared in the film The Yards (2000). In the Naughts he was a regular on the soap opera As the World Turns. He guest starred on the show 100 Centre Street and appeared in the mini-series Traffic. He appeared in the films La vita come viene (2003), Promessa d'amore (2004), We Own the Night (2007), and Ice (2013).

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