Found this yesterday
Family pictures

Ray in Aladdin

Screencaps from 'Cops are Robbers'
I got a DVD with 'Cops are Robbers'. I cannot figure out how to rip it but I'll keep trying. All I managed so far was some really bad quality screencaps but I'll share them anyway. They are not in a chronological order.
Ray plays Gerry Clemente, a cop who robbed a bank in the beginning of 80s. He and his buddies took 25 million but nothing else worked out and eventually they all went to prison, where Clemente wrote the book that was turned into this movie :)
I love this screencap most of all, for some reason :)
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It's not on IMDb anymore, but Ray had "Starsky & Hutch" listed on his credits at one point. I could never find him, and nobody I know remembers seeing him (and at one point I knew everyone there was to know in SH fandom *g*).

A friend of mine suggested he was padding his resume, but Celia remembered Ray introducing her to Paul Michael Glaser at a movie premier, and saying something about having been on the show. There's no way he could have lied to her about that because there's no way she wouldn't have watched his episode!

Paradise Alley
Doubtful Guest
If anyone is trying to find Ray in "Paradise Alley," I'll save you some time. He was in it, but his scenes were cut except at the very beginning, where you can hear his voice.

*resists urge to say something nasty about Sylvester Stallone*

Ray Sharkey in '27 Wagons Full of Cotton'
I think I found something really rare :) It's a fragment from '27 Wagons full of Cotton' with Ray. Unfortunately, the person who taped it was interested in Lesley Ann Warren and taped only her parts. So, the fragment with Ray is about 3 minutes long and it is quite messed up.
But that's the best I could find. Maybe someone has the full version of it - please, please share :)

Ray Sharkey in 'All in the Family' and 'Zebrahead'
I dowloaded the episode 'Chain Letter' from the show 'All in the Family' where Ray has a 30 sec scene and put it on Youtube. I read about it on IMDB message board and I'll quote it here. I don't know, maybe, you'll find it upsetting, so I put it under the cut.
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I also added two downloads to the downloads post - Zebrahead and Round Trip to Heaven. Zebrahead is not a bad movie, Round Trip to Heaven is. But I don't want to re-watch Zebrahead again, so I cut Ray's scenes from there and put on Rutube. About 12 minutes. He plays the father of the main character, a slightly odd guy :)

Ray Sharkey knows about power and fear
By LUAINE LEE Scripps Howard News Service July 3, 1991Collapse )

Chronicle-Telegram: Ray Sharkey funny "Man in the Family"
By SCOTT WILLIAMS AP Television Writer

NEW YORK- Ray Sharkey, a prodigally gifted actor, is the heart, soul and prodigal son of ABC's fun and funny new sitcom, "The Man in the Family," making its debut tonight.

Sharkey, who always brings superior wit and sensitivity to his roles, is still praised for his eight-episode portrayal of Atlantic City mobster Sonny Steelgrave on CBS' "Wiseguy." Tonight he gives us the warm, semi-wonderful Sal Bavasso, a charming, Brooklyn-born wastrel, idler and ladies' man whose tastes run toward suits in primary colors, pinky rings, gold chains and chest hair. Sal, working some quasi-legal lounge act in Las Vegas, returns to his hometown and his father's deathbed. "Hey-hey, Pop!" he boisterously greets the dying man (Al Ruscio). "So howy a doin'?" Ba-da-dap, ba-da-ding, eh, Pop?

Sal decides to come clean with the old man. "No matter how you tried to hide it, you always disapproved of me, didn't you?"

"Sal," the old man says. "I never disapproved of you. I disapproved of what you did . . . what you said . . . how you lived . . . the way you earned your money, the way you spent your money . . ."

"OK, Pop,"

". . . the kind of friends you had . . . "

"OK, POP!!!"

"Your shoes! . . . But I never disapproved of you!"

Pop sighs. He's worried. Who's going to take care of your mother when I'm gone? What about your two sisters, your nephew and your Uncle Bennie? Who's going to run the store?

Sal, moved, makes a deathbed vow to take care of the family and to make good on all the transgressions of his wasteful youth.

It's a good premise. Ed. Weinberger, executive producer and series co-creator with Gina Wendkos, wrote tonight's premiere with a fine feeling for Sharkey's strengths as an actor.
Sharkey is backed up by a fine cast including Anne DeSalvo as his divorced sister and Julie Bovasso as his mother. Don Stark and Joe Cortese play the colorful and slightly dumb Cha Cha and Vinnie, Sal's longtime pals.

Sharkey, though, is the motor that makes this show work. He knows how to amplify a laugh line by playing it with deadly seriousness. He brings his character to life with minutely detailed behavior that's punctuated with rich gestural language.

Ba-da-boom-, bada-bing, eh?

Sharkey showed his knack for comedy in his first big film, "Who'll Stop the Rain, as the dim crook who aspires to a career in law enforcement because --as he tells his torture victim--"I like working with the public." As Sonny Steelgrave, he brought a crazy charm and vulnerability to the role of a tough, merciless gangster. When the character died, "Wiseguy" fans felt the loss.

Sharkey fans won't be disappointed by tonight's debut of "The Man in the Family". They will be disappointed though, only seven shows exist and the series no longer is in production. Last year, when ABC announced its four new comedies and two new dramas for the fall season, the network said "Man in the Family" would be slotted as a midseason replacement. But when Connie Sellecca exited the execrable "Baby Talk," ABC decided to let "Head of the Class" pinch-hit and kept "Man in the Family" on the shelf. "We had a lot of midseason shows to get on the air," explained ABC spokesman Jim Brochu, "and we just weren't able to get them all on within the season."

There may have been another factor at work in ABC programmers' reasoning: NBC's "The Fanelli Boys," a series that took the express elevator from a funny, promising pilot episode to stereotyped idiocy and really stupid humor. "The Fanelli Boys," which failed miserably, was about FOUR brothers who move back to Brooklyn to be with the their widowed Mama. It wasn't funny. It was inaccurate. It was inadequate. And it didn't have Sharkey. The only thing missing from "The Man in the Family" is the clear plastic covers on the living room upholstery. But, hey, this is television.


Ray Sharkey in 'The Lords of the Flatbush'
I downloaded 'The Lords of the Flatbush' yesterday - it's the movie where Ray had his first role, according to IMDB. So, I cut the scene where you can see him and put it on Youtube. He isn't much there but I think he's noticeable :) Or maybe it was just that I didn't look at anyone else :)

I also cut a little vid from 'No One Gets Out Of Here Alive' episode. I make very bad vids. And I used a Russian song ('Last Wish' by Agatha Christie) because it fits Sonny so much, it is just as wild... but I'm sorry it doesn't make sense. Anyway, I just put it here because I put everything here :)
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"SOMEBODY'S GOT TO LISTEN!" 19 Magazine (Australia) May, 1981
Ray interview
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No one gets out of here alive
Back in the late 80's, I was hooked on the program Wiseguy. In fact, there were about 6 of us at work that were such big fans of the show that we felt had the right to call it 'Wiseass'. As in, 'You watch the Wiseass last night?' Our company's productivity took noticeable dips every Thursday morning as most of us would spend 2 or 3 hours dissecting the plot and character development of the previous nights episode.

I mention this as the first season of Wiseguy is now available on DVD, and NPR's The Treatment discussed the series with writer Eric Blakeney today. ( [Here's a more direct link: If anybody listens to this, would you please let me know? I keep recommending it to people, but I don't think anyone has listened to it.]

So, I thought I might offer my own Wiseguy story. During the first season of Wiseguy, the late Ray Sharkey played an extremely memorable character named Sonny Steelgrave. Sharkey , by the way, was originally cast as David Addison on Moonlighting, before being replaced by Bruce Willis. On Wiseguy, Steelgrave was the mob boss who undercover federal agent Vinnie Terranova, played by Ken Wahl, was trying to bring down.

So, after discussing how much we liked Steelgrave at work, I decided to call Sharkey. I called the offices of Stephen J. Cannell and got the name and number for Sharkey's agent. I called the agent and did the only thing I could think of that might work; I lied.

I told Sharkey's agent that I was writing a story for the Sunday magazine of the Columbus Dispatch and wanted to interview Sharkey. The agent's main question was whether this was going to be a cover story. 'Of course it is!' I told him. So, he takes my home number down and says he will talk to Sharkey and see if he wants to do it.

A couple of days later, I answer the phone and it's none other than Ray Sharkey! I tried to ask him some questions that I thought a writer might ask, but eventually I was just asking the silly questions that a fan would ask. After about 10 minutes I think Sharkey started to catch on. Mainly because he said 'This isn't for an article, is it?"

'Oh, no. I lied about that. I just really like you on Wiseguy and wanted to talk to you.' I said.

There was dead silence for about 10 seconds, and then Sharkey broke out into laughter. He was awfully nice about things and talked to me for a few more minutes before saying he had to go.

Sharkey died of aids in 1993, and a lot of negative stories came out about him after his death. Whether they are true or not, I don't know, but I'll always remember the conversation we had.

- posted by Keith Berry

[I cannot recommend strongly enough listening to that interview with Eric Blakeney. He seems to have worked closely with Ray, and has a lot of interesting things to say. --carose59]

On the release of the Steelgrave arc on DVD
No one gets out of here alive

How Ray Sharkey escaped his past
Ray interview
[Wednesday, June 30, 1982]


Ray Sharkey is living the good life these days. He has a place on the Marina Peninsula, which is one of Southern California's better-grade beaches. Pretty ritzy, pretty expensive, high-class all the way.

It often makes him stop and think back. He's a reasonably important movie star these days --his latest work was the co-starring role with Richard Pryor and Margot Kidder in Paramount's "Some Kind of Hero" -- so he's entitled to the place on the beach. He's also entitled to stop and think back occasionally.

The Marina Peninsula is a far cry from the banks of the Gowanus Canal, in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, which is where Ray Sharkey grew up.

"Joe Pepitone came from that same neighborhood," says Sharkey. Pepitone was a big-league ball player who had a so-so career. "He was the one we always talked about when we was kids, because be got out. Joe Pepitone made it out of the neighborhood."

Ray and his pals would talk about how maybe one of them would make it, too.

"We would say how one of us was going to be rich and famous," says Ray Sharkey. "But I never really thought that one would be me."

It wasn't a good place to grow up. There were gangs, of course. Sharkey points to his upper left arm and says he still has his tattoo there, the tattoo that signified his membership in the Sinclair Playboys, his gang.

"We had a great trademark," Sharkey says. "Top hat and cane."

He says the only way a kid really figured he could get out was to just up and leave. But that wasn't as easy as it sounded. Without a career, a trade, an education, what could a kid do outside? And none of them got the education they were too busy getting into trouble. Most of my friends are dead or in jail," Sharkey says. "If they hadn't gotten killed or jailed by the time they was 20,they'd get married, have a couple of kids, get a job with the city, and stay there the rest of their lives."

When Sharkey was 14 or so, he met a guy --"a great-looking guy" --who had left the neighborhood to become an actor. He was going to an acting school in New York and he said Sharkey should go over and try it, too.

"But I wasn't old enough," he says, "and my folks wouldn't let me dropout of school. But when I was 16, I didn't need permission, so I went on my own."

What happened to that "great-looking guy"?

"Oh," says Sharkey, "he got his face shot off with a shotgun so he never made it. But I did."

He says that most of the time he was growing up he figured the world was bounded by Coney Island on one side, Delancey Street on the other. He never realized there was anything more to it until he began going to the neighborhood theater, the Lido, on Saturdays and seeing the world via the movies.

In Red Hook, the part of the world he knew was the hard, real one of racial prejudice.

"I'm part Irish and part Italian," says Sharkey. "When I was with my Irish relatives, we lived right with the blacks, so I had good friends who were black. But when I lived with my Italian grandparents in an Italian section, the guys there would say, 'Hey, come on, let's go beat up some niggers.'

"But I knew the blacks and I liked them, so I wouldn't go, although there were other guys I wouldn't mind fighting."

He went to acting school. And he showed so much promise they gave him a scholarship. He had to paint and clean up the place as part of the deal, and he worked on the side --waiter, taxi driver --to make ends meet.

And he got out. Now he can sit at his place on the Marina Peninsula and watch the sun set in the Pacific Ocean, and think back to what might have happened to him if he hadn't gotten out.

In a way, he's some kind of hero, Himself.

I've played with Mosaic Maker a little. You can do, too. It's fun :)


Ray Sharkey scenes from 'Body Rock'
I've uploaded a video of Ray Sharkey scenes from 'Body Rock' movie on Rutube. If you have any problems with watching something on Rutube, please let me know. But it's quite a long video, almost half an hour, not fit for Youtube.
The movie itself is not bad, bearable to watch, but if you want only Ray, here are all his scenes from there.

A couple more videos
Yesterday I cut Ray's scenes from 'Barney Miller' (an old show of 1975) and put them on Youtube, and Youtube blocked the content immediately :( So, I tried to reupload it on Rutube. I wonder if you can watch it from there.
Anyway, here it is. Ray plays in two episodes there, two different roles. I think he's having such fun in the first episode he can't stop smiling.

I also uploaded an episode from 'Ray Bradbury Theater' where Ray played. It is quite striking, the plot I mean, something to think about.
Please if you cannot watch these videos on Rutube, let me know and I'll come up with something :)
I also keep uploading some stuff to Pictures and Downloads posts, check it if you're interested.

Ray Sharkey in 'No Mercy'

Sonny in a white tux
Yesterday I made a few caps of Sonny in a white tuxedo... just because he looks so good in it that I feel about dying when looking at him.

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Ray Sharkey/Robert Beltran in 'Scenes of Class Struggle in Beverly Hills'


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