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Joe E. Ross

Highest Rated:   84% Pennies From Heaven (1981)
Lowest Rated:   44% Kingdom of the Spiders (1977)
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Strange but true: Gravel-voiced comic actor Joe E. Ross was once a boy tenor. In fact, while working as a singing waiter in a Bronx eatery at age 16, Ross' lilting voice was known to move hardened gangster types to sentimental tears. After Ross' voice broke (actually it shattered into a million pieces), he found success as a burlesque and nightclub comic, principally in the Miami Beach area. One of the best of the "blue" comics of the 1950s, Ross had to launder his act considerably when cast as mess sergeant Rupert Ritzik in the popular Phil Silvers sitcom You'll Never Get Rich (aka Sergeant Bilko, 1955-59). Series producer Nat Hiken starred Ross in the strikingly similar role of Bronx police officer Gunther Toody on Car 54 Where Are You, which ran from 1961 through 1963. Both Ritzik and Toody--like Ross himself--were born without taste buds (trivia collectors take notice!), both had a long-suffering wife (played by Beatrice Pons) who'd regularly stick her head out the window and shout "Listen, America! My husband is a nut!," and both exclaimed "Ooh! Ooh!" whenever excited. In 1967, Joe E. Ross co-starred with Imogene Coca as a caveman in the monumentally unsuccessful Sherwood Schwartz sitcom It's About Time, then returned to the nightclub circuit, sporadically showing up in bit roles in films as aesthetically diverse as The Love Bug (1968) and Linda Lovelace For President (1975).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
84% Pennies From Heaven
  • Bank Teller
1981
No Score Yet No Man's Valley
  • Actor
1981
No Score Yet Skatetown U.S.A.
  • Rent-a-Cop
1979
No Score Yet Gas Pump Girls
  • Bruno
1979
50% The Cheap Detective
  • Michel
1978
50% Pete's Dragon
  • Cement Man
1977
44% Kingdom of the Spiders
  • Vern Johnson
1977
No Score Yet Slumber Party '57 (Teenage Slumber Party)
  • Patrolman
1976
No Score Yet Linda Lovelace for President
  • 2nd Dirty Guy
1975
No Score Yet How to Seduce a Woman
  • Bartender
1974
No Score Yet Frasier, the Sensuous Lion
  • Kuback
1973
No Score Yet Revenge Is My Destiny
  • Maxie Marks
1971
No Score Yet The Boatniks
  • Nutty Sailor
1970
No Score Yet The Naked Zoo
  • Mr. Barnum
1970
75% The Love Bug
  • Detective
1969
No Score Yet Maryjane
  • Mr. Reardon
1968
60% Tony Rome
  • Bartender
1967
70% The Bellboy
  • Joey
1960
No Score Yet Maracaibo
  • Milt Karger
1958
No Score Yet Teaserama
  • Actor
1955

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