Tony Ganios was born on October 21st 1959 in Brooklyn, New York and is of Greek-American ancestry. At the age of 18, Ganios was ‘forced’ into the film-industry. His uncle Pete forced him to quit his power-lifting session at the ‘Sheridan Square Gym’ early, so that he could audition for a role in a movie directed by Philip Kaufman.
As a result, Ganios made his debut appearance as tough-guy ‘Perry’ in the cult classic The Wanderers. His performance in The Wanderers was well liked, and as a result he was cast in many more movies. Since then Ganios has starred in a string of movies, including the cult teen-sex comedy Porky’s and its sequels.
Tony Ganios has recently reunited with his original co-stars of ‘Porky’s’, to star in the upcoming teen-sex comedy Daddies’ Girls. The movie is currently in pre-production and the cast are hoping to raise $900,000 through their upcoming Kickstarter campaign. The movie is scheduled to be released in 3D.
He starred in the 1990 hit film Die Hard 2 as Baker, a member of the terrorists. And he played a former football player turned mountain man in the John Belushi film Continental Divide.
Ganios appeared in five episodes of the 1980s TV series Wiseguy as Mike “Mooch” Cacciatore, and he made a guest appearance in an episode of Scarecrow and Mrs. King. He semi-retired from acting after Die Hard 2 to be an insurance agent in New York City, but returned to Hollywood to do a little more acting, directing, writing and producing.
In 1993 he appeared in Rising Sun (once again being directed by Philip Kaufman) sharing a scene with Sean Connery. Ganios played a doorman called Perry, complete with toothpick – the role being an sequel to the character who launched his career in The Wanderers.
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