Eddie Mekka Biography
|Date of Birth:||1952 , June-14|
|Age:||68 years old|
|Birth Nation:||United States of America|
|Height:||5 Feet 3 Inch|
|Birth Name||Eddie Mekka|
|Father||Vaughn V. Mekjian|
|Birth Place/City||Worcester, Massachusetts|
|Net Worth||$500 thousand|
|Married to||DeLee Lively, Yvonne Grace|
Mostly famous for playing the role of Carmine "The Big Ragu" Ragusa, film and Broadway actor Eddie Mekka has appeared in dozens of movies. He has married twice in his life; his first wife is DeLee Lively and the second wife is Yvonne Grace.
Early Life, Parents & Education
Eddie Mekka was born on June 14, 1952, in Worcester, Massachusetts, the United States of America, to father Vaughn V. Mekjian and mother Mariam Apkarian.
He doesn't have a sibling. He is of American nationality and Armenian ancestry. He belongs to white ethnicity.
He has attended Burncoat High School from where he completed his graduation. He was interested in acting since his childhood.
Later in the early 1970s, he went to the Worcester County Light Opera in Massachusetts where he taught people how to sing.
Broadway & Film Career
Eddie Mekka first performed on Broadway in The Lieutenant which earned him a Tony Award nomination.
He then moved to Los Angeles and played the role of Carmine "The Big Ragu" Ragusa in the ABC hit sitcom, Laverne & Shirley. He appeared on the show from 1976 to 1983.
His recent television credits include 24, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Bold and the Beautiful.
He had a small role in the 1992 film, A League of Their Own, which was directed by Penny Marshall.
Eddie returned to off-Broadway in July 2008 and starred in Steve Solomon's comedy show, My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish & I'm In Therapy! at the Westside Theatre.
Later in 2010, he portrayed Tevye in the Broadway musical, Fiddler on the Roof, at the John W. Engeman Theater in Northport, New York.
Net Worth & Earnings
Being a successful Broadway and film actor, Eddie Mekka has earned a considerable amount of money from his broadway and movie career.
According to the Celebrity Net Worth website, Eddie has an estimated net worth of $500 thousand. His salary has yet to be revealed. However, according to records on some websites, an actor in the United States earns $50 per hour and $50,000 per year.
Personal Life: Twice Married & Once Divorced
As we mentioned earlier, Eddie Mekka has married twice in his life. He was first married to actress DeLee Lively, who has starred in Broadway's Smokey Joe's Cafe.
Eddie and DeLee tied the knot in 1983 but after nine years of their marital relationship, they got a divorce in 1992. DeLee later married actor Robert Torti, with who she shares four children; Faith Torti, Chloe Torti, Zachary Torti and Ashlee Torti.
Later in 1994, Eddie exchanged the wedding vows with his now-wife Yvonne Marie Grace and ever since they are living happily together.
Eddie is currently 67 years old and he has a height of 5 feet 3 inches.