Ken Wahl

Ken Wahl

Highest Rated: 89% The Wanderers (1979)

Lowest Rated: 20% Purple Hearts (1984)

Birthday: Oct 31, 1954

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

A tall, dark, down-to-earth leading man, typically in streetwise parts, Ken Wahl had no previous acting training or experience when he auditioned for, and landed, the role of street gang member Richie Gennaro in Philip Kaufman's "The Wanderers" (1979). His subsequent film work has been sporadic and uneven. Wahl was well-cast as Paul Newman's partner in Daniel Petrie's unsatisfying cop drama "Fort Apache, The Bronx" (1981). He was teamed romantically with Bette Midler in the aptly named "Jinxed!" (1982); their off-screen animosity spilled onscreen. While "The Soldier" (1982) offered his first leading role in an action pic, Wahl fared no better, delivering a rather one-note wooden performance. In Sidney J. Furie's "Purple Hearts" (1984), Wahl was successfully repositioned as a romantic lead, portraying a doctor in Vietnam who falls for a nurse (Cheryl Ladd). His reteaming with Furie, 1991's "The Taking of Beverly Hills" was meant to cast the actor as an action hero, but the results were pallid. As was his second feature with Daniel Petrie, "The Favor" (filmed in 1990; released in 1994), in which he was object of desire of both Harley Jane Kozak and Elizabeth McGovern.

Highest rated movies

The Wanderers
Fort Apache, the Bronx
The Taking of Beverly Hills
The Favor
Purple Hearts




No Score Yet 78% Wiseguy Vinnie Terranova (Character) - 1996
27% 21% The Favor Tom Andrews (Character) $2.6M 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Search for Grace John 'Johnny' Danielli / Jake (Character) - 1994
40% 36% The Taking of Beverly Hills Boomer Hayes (Character) $462.4K 1991
No Score Yet 33% Omega Syndrome Jack Corbett (Character) $13.3K 1987
No Score Yet 69% Gladiator Rick Benton (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Gladiator Rick Benton (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet 22% Dirty Dozen: The Next Mission Louis Valentine (Character) - 1985
20% 64% Purple Hearts Don Jardian (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet 30% Jinxed! Willie Brodax (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet 23% The Soldier The Soldier (Character) - 1982
80% 65% Fort Apache, the Bronx Corelli (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet 21% Race to the Yankee Zephyr Barney (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet 50% Running Scared Chas McClain (Character) - 1980
89% 87% The Wanderers Richie (Character) - 1979


No Score Yet No Score Yet Wiseguy Vinnie Terranova (Character) 1987-1990