Adrian Zmed

Active - 1980 - 2008  |   Born - Mar 14, 1954 in Chicago, Illinois, United States  |   Genres - Drama, Comedy, Mystery, Crime, Thriller

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Wiry, curly haired comic actor Adrian Zmed got his professional start in his native Chicago. One of Zmed's first important film roles was in Grease 2 (1982); he returned to the Grease fold 15 years later, touring the East Coast in a revival of the original musical. His TV series credits include the sitcoms Flatbush (1979) and Goodtime Girls (1980), and, most famously, the role of rookie cop Vince Romano in T.J. Hooker (1982-1985). A fan since childhood of Chicago's Bozo's Circus kiddie series, Adrian Zmed realized a lifelong dream when, in the late '80s, he was briefly engaged by the series to play Adrian the Clown.

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  • Father was a priest in the Romanian Orthodox Church.
  • Played football in high school until an injury nearly crippled him.
  • After his injury, decided to try out for a high-school production of Guys and Dolls, which awakened a love for theater. A year later, he was selected as one of Chicago's top high-school performers.
  • First major acting job was playing Danny Zuko in a touring production of Grease.
  • Continued his association with Grease with the role of T-Bird Johnny Nogerelli in the film Grease 2 (1982).
  • Best known to TV fans for playing Vince Romano opposite William Shatner in the 1980s crime drama T.J. Hooker.
  • Performed the dual roles of Adam and Noah in a production of the Bible-based musical Children of Eden in 1997 at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey, and can be heard singing those roles on the cast album.
  • As of 2013, has appeared in four productions of Grease and has played Danny three times, more than any other actor.