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Tony Mordente

Highest Rated: 92% West Side Story (1961)

Lowest Rated: 80% Love with the Proper Stranger (1963)

Birthday: Dec 3, 1940

Birthplace: Not Available

Tony Mordente was born in New York City in 1933. Trained as an actor, dancer, and singer, his first major credit was in the role of Action in West Side Story, on which he also served as an assistant choreographer. He also had a short-lived recording career around 1960, on Roulette Records, which was hoping to capitalize on the success of West Side Story. Mordente concentrated primarily on stage roles during the early '60s, a period in which he was based in New York, and his only screen role, apart from West Side Story, came in 1963 with a small part in Love With the Proper Stranger. His early television appearances included two episodes of Combat during the series' first season, but it was his role as Genaro Planetta in The Outer Limits episode "The Invisibles" -- one of the most chilling in the series' output -- that showed him at the peak of his powers as an actor. Portraying Planetta, the fidgety, neurotic recruit into a secret society run by alien invaders, Mordente almost managed to steal the show from its star, Don Gordon, and a supporting cast that included such veterans as George Macready and Neil Hamilton, in what should have been an Emmy-nominated performance. Mordente turned to directing after the mid-'60s, and has proved equally adept at handling comedy, drama, or action subjects. He has helmed installments of M*A*S*H, Rhoda, Busting Loose, The Greatest American Hero, Family Ties, Quincy, M.E., The A-Team, Hunter, Matlock, and 7th Heaven, and was responsible for directing 37 episodes of Walker Texas Ranger during the series' first five seasons -- the latter credit puts him in the same league with his fellow West Side Story alumnus Gus Trikonis as a top small-screen action-adventure directorial hand. Mordente has been married to Broadway star Chita Rivera since the 1960s, and their daughter is the actress Lisa Mordente.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
80% Love with the Proper Stranger Fat 1963
92% West Side Story Action 1961

TV

Credit
14% Love Boat: The Next Wave
1998-1999
Director 1998
No Score Yet Walker, Texas Ranger
1993-2001
Director 1998
1997
1996
1995
1994
1993
No Score Yet Matlock
1986-1995
Director 1993
1990
1989
1988
1987
1986
No Score Yet Hunter
1984-1991
Director 1991
1990
1989
1988
1987
1986
1985
No Score Yet The Hogan Family
1986-1991
Director 1990
1987
No Score Yet The A-Team
1983-1987
Director 1986
1985
1984
No Score Yet Family Ties
1982-1989
Director 1983
1982
No Score Yet Quincy, M.E.
1976-1983
Director 1979
No Score Yet M*A*S*H
1972-1983
Director 1979
1978
No Score Yet Rhoda
1978
Director 1978
1977
1976
1975
1974
No Score Yet Phyllis
1975-1977
Director 1976
No Score Yet 7th Heaven
1996-2007
Producer

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