Eddie Mekka Biography, Age, Family, Education, Career, Net Worth, Marriage

Who is Eddie Mekka?

Eddie Mekka was an American professional actor, popularly recognized for his role as Carmine Ragusa on the hit television sitcom Laverne & Shirley.

Eddie Mekka Career

Eddie Mekka

Mekka headed the Worcester County Light Opera in Massachusetts, training young people how to sing in the early 1970s. He then moved to Los Angeles after performing on Broadway in The Lieutenant, being nominated for a Tony Award. Eddie landed the role of Carmine ‘The Big Ragoo’ Ragusa for Laverne & Shirley in 1976, acting on the series till its cancellation in 1983.

Eddie starred in around 50 television shows and movies throughout his profession. His most recent TV credits comprise 24, The Salute Life of Zack & Cody, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Bold and the Beautiful. As well as Detective Murdoch in the Fox television film Catch Me If You Can. He also had a brief role in the Penny Marshall-directed 1992 movie, A League of Their Own as the dance partner of Mae Madonna in the bar. Mekka additionally was cast as a club owner in the Oscar-winning film musical ”Dreamgirls”, alongside Jamie Foxx, Beyonce, and Jennifer Hudson.


Mekka has performed on stage in Hairspray at the Luxor in Las Vegas, Nevada, and in a national tour of Grease with Cindy Williams. He went back to off-Broadway on July 15, 2008, starring in Steve Solomon’s long-running comedy My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m In Therapy! at the Westside Theatre. Eddie later reunited with his Laverne & Shirley co-star Cindy Williams in a November 2008 regional production of the Renee Taylor-Joseph Bologna comedy play It Had to Be You.

Eddie concluded production in the independent movie Code Enforcer in 2008. He starred together with Erin Moran of Happy Days. He then portrayed Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof at the John W. Engerman Theater in Northport, New York from April 29 to June 20.

How old is Eddie Mekka?

Eddie Mekka was born as Rudolph Edward Mekjian on June 14, 1952, in Worcester, Massachusetts, the U.S. He died at the age of 69 on November 27, 2021, in Newhall, California, U.S. Eddie shares his birthday with celebrities such as  Donald Trump, Lucy Hale, Jesy Nelson,  Alan White, Boy George, Daryl Sabara, Diablo Cody, J.R. Martinez, Kevin McHale, among others.

Eddie Mekka Family

Who are Eddie Mekka’s parents?

Rudolph Edward Mekjian was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, to Vaughn Mekjian and Mariam Mekjian. His mother was an Italian working as a presser while his father was Armenian who was a World War II veteran.

Does Eddie Mekka have siblings?

Mekka was born to his parents into a family of two sons. He has one sibling, a brother namely Warren Mekjian.

Eddie Mekka Education

Mekka joined and studied at Burncoat High School, where he graduated. He then joined and attended the Berklee College of Music.

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Eddie Mekka Interest

Mekka loved music all throughout his life and was a great dancer. He attended the Berklee College of Music and taught young people to sing in Massachusetts. Eddie still performed a song and dance nightclub act in Las Vegas till he passed away. He was also a lifelong Democrat on his political side.

Eddie Mekka Wife

Mekka has been married two times throughout his life. Previously he was married to actress Delee Lively in 1983 but later divorced in 1992. After the divorce, he started a relationship with Yvonne Marie Grace and married in 1994. They were happily married till his demise with one child, a daughter together. He died at their home in Newhall, California.

Eddie Mekka Kids

Mekka has one child from his marriage to his second wife Marie Grace. The couple has one beautiful daughter, Mia Mekjian.

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Eddie Mekka Height

The American actor had a fit and flexible well-built body with an impressive standing height of 5 ft 3 in (1.6 m) and a weight of 68 kg (149.91 lbs).

Eddie Mekka Net Worth

American actor, Mekka has been active from 1974 to 2021, appearing in television shows, movies, and plays. He has starred in more than 50 shows and movies and has gathered an estimated net worth of $500,000 as of 2021.

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