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Adrian Zmed

Adrian Zmed (born 1954 in Chicago) is an Romanian-American television and film actor. Zmed is better known for his roles as Johnny Nogerelli in Grease 2, and as Officer Vince Romano in the T.J. Hooker television series, where he starred alongside William Shatner.

Zmed took on the role of Danny Zucko in Grease on Broadway in the 1990's. He starred with Jeff Conaway (as Kenickie), who played Danny in the original broadway production (for film John Travolta was chosen for the role of Danny) and Kenickie in the film Grease.

Zmed became a member of a group of older actors who played teenagers in 1980s films, when he landed his character of Johnny Nogerelli in Grease 2. This group would later include such other actors as Michael J. Fox and Ralph Macchio. Using adults to play teenagers in film was a trademark of the Hollywood industry during the era.

Adrian Zmed made his television debut as Socks Palermo in the 1979 series Flatbush.

In 1980, he went on to participate in another television series, Goodtime Girls, playing Frankie Millardo.

Zmed, it can be said, looked like an Hispanic and Italian person. This has led him to play many Hispanic and Italian-American characters during his career.

After Goodtime Girls, a job as Fernando in For the Love of It followed. This television movie was followed by a guest appearance in 1982's An Evening at the Improv.

Zmed reached celebrity status when he began to play Officer Romano in his next series, the aforementioned T.J. Hooker, which was a series based on the life of a real Los Angeles cop of the same name. He lasted there until 1985.

Next was his work as Johnny Nogerelli, the new leader of the T-Birds, in Grease 2. In that movie, he played Michelle Pfeiffer's former boyfriend, Johnny Nogerelli. However, he believed she was still in love with Zmed's character.

His characterization of Johnny led Zmed to a short period where he played other teenagers in film, including 1983's The Final Terror', where he played Gerone. While The Final Terror bombed" at the box office, his next movie, while not necessarily a hit by Hollywood movie economical standards, did much better: in 1984's Bachelor Party, he played Jay O' Neill.

Later on that year, he participated in a television show named Glitter.

Victims for Victims: The Theresa Saldana Story followed, with Zmed playing Fred Feliciano.

Zmed, who is bilingual as he also speaks fluent Romanian, took a hiatus from acting after that, marrying actress Susan Wood and having two children in between his portrayal of Fred Feliciano and his next job, 1991's Eyewitness to Murder, where he played Tyler.

In 1992, he played Greg Mathews in The Other Woman, which was followed by 1994's Improper Conduct', as Doug".

Adrian Zmed took another hiatus from acting following that television movie. But in 1998, he returned, playing character in some B-rated or sexually charged movies, one exception being the 2002 video game, Star Wars Jedi Starfighter, where he voiceovered Toth.

He recently completed work on Shira: The Vampire Samurai, a martial arts/horror movie slated for upcoming DVD release.

Zmed's other notable appearances include one in MTV's I Love the 80s, and another one in Saturday Night Live.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.

Adrian Zmed Facts

BirthdayMarch 4, 1954 (69)
BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, USA

Selected Filmography

Sex Sells
T.J. Hooker: The Complete Series
The Final Terror
Grease 2
Bachelor Party / Porky's / Revenge of the Nerds / Weekend at Bernie's Quadruple Feature
Bachelor Party Blu-ray
TJ Hooker
Guys Being Guys Party 3-Pack
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