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A look back at Eddie Mekka’s acting career

The world was shocked by the news that TV icon Eddie Mekka had passed away last month.

The 69-year-old actor is best known for starring on the show Laverne & Shirley.

Actor Eddie Mekka, who was quite famous in the 70s, has sadly passed away

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Actor Eddie Mekka, who was quite famous in the 70s, has sadly passed awayCredit: Getty

Warren’s brother told TMZ he was found dead at his Connecticut home.

Friends and neighbors become worried when they do not hear from Mekka for a few days and finally called the police to conduct a health check, per store.

Warren told TMZ that his brother was recently hospitalized with a blood clot and could barely walk.

However, there is no indication that his death was suspicious or that there was any foul play involved.

Despite his tragic death, his amazing career shouldn’t be forgotten as we look back at some of his most notable highlights.

MUSIC TEACHER

He was a teacher many times before becoming an actor

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He was a teacher many times before becoming an actorCredit: Getty

Before becoming the big star he was destined to be, Mekka began his career as a singing teacher at the Worcester County Light Opera House in Massachusetts.

He was only in his early 20s when he established himself as a conductor.

BROADWAY STAR

He quickly landed a lead role on Broadway and was even nominated for a Tony Award

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He quickly landed a lead role on Broadway and was even nominated for a Tony AwardCredit: Getty

In 1975, Mekka moved on to bigger and better things when he starred in the Broadway musical, Lieutenant.

His role really earned him Tony Award nominations and numerous roles.

LOS ANGELES BABY

Then he secured his place as a sitcom actor

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Then he secured his spot as a sitcom actorCredit: Getty

Just a year later, Mekka traded East Coast for West Coast when she moved to Los Angeles.

Here he landed his most famous role: Carmine “The Big Ragoo” Ragusa for Laverne & Shirley.

The show was his home until 1983 when it was cancelled.

He also appeared in other popular TV shows such as Family Matters, Happy Days, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Power Rangers and The Bold and the Beautiful.

MOVIE STARS

In the early 2000s, Eddie turned to acting

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In the early 2000s, Eddie switched to actingCredit: Getty

When his role on the small screen ended, he embarked on his next conquest: movies.

In the early 2000s, he added A League of Their Own, Dreamgirls, Love Made Easy, and Stuck In The Past to his resume.

Despite taking on much smaller roles in these films, he still became a familiar face to many.

BACK TO MY ROUND

Towards the end of his career, he returned to the theater stage.

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Towards the end of his career, he returned to the theater stage.Credit: Getty

Mekka juggled between TV and film so seamlessly that he decided to return to the stage.

In the late 2000s, he starred in Hairspray and Grease, as well as the Off-Broadway shows My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m In Therapy!

He also starred as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof at the John W. Engeman Theater in Northport, New York.

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Tom Vazquez

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