Eddie Mekka Biography, Age, Family, Siblings, Wife, Kids and Net Worth

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 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

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.

A photo of Eddie Mekka
A photo of Eddie Mekka

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.

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.

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.



Year Title Role Notes
1982 Assignment Berlin Soghomon Tehlirian
1988 Bum Rap Sammy
1989 Beaches Actor 3
1992 A League of Their Own Mae’s Guy in Bar
1997 Top of the World Joe Burns
2003 Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star Himself Cameo
2004 Land of the Free? Jerry
2006 The Last Stand Art
2006 Dreamgirls Club Manager
2006 Love Made Easy Mobo
2007 Stuck in the Past Grandpa
2008 Dirty Jokes the Movie Direct-to-video
2009 C Me Dance Lowell
2013 Through a Mother’s Eyes Dr. Henry Myer
2014 Heaven Help Us Chuck Short film
2017 Diary of a Lunatic Mr. Karnofsky
2017 Silver Twins Rabbi
2017 Surge of Power: Revenge of the Sequel Himself
2018 Hail Mary! Danny Morelli


Year Title Role Notes
1976–1983 Laverne & Shirley Carmine Ragusa 150 episodes
1977 Blansky’s Beauties Joey DeLuca 13 episodes
1977–1979 Happy Days Carmine Ragusa 2 episodes
1979 Greatest Heroes of the Bible Uri Episode: “The Story of Esther”
1979–1982 The Love Boat Bert Brodie / Jason Clark / Stanley Corson / Mike 3 episodes
1979–1983 Fantasy Island Charles / Ken Jason / Johnny Detroit / Wilbur Wilson 3 episodes
1981 The 6th Annual Circus of the Stars Himself (performer) Television special
1982 The 7th Annual Circus of the Stars Himself (performer) Television special
1989 Moonlighting Guido Viola Episode: “In ‘N Outlaws”
1989 True Blue Elvis fanatic Episode: “Oldies, But Goodies”
1990 Mulberry Street Vincent Savoia Television pilot
1990 The Munsters Today Mr. Sweetzer Episode: “The Reel Munsters”
1990–1994 Family Matters Mr. Nutting / Charlie 2 episodes
1992–1993 Guiding Light Grady
1993 Taking the Heat Barbaro Television film
1994 The Rockford Files: I Still Love L.A. Gus Television film
1994 California Dreams Uncle Frank Episode: “Harley and the Marlboro Man”
1995 Dream On Mel Episode: “Significant Author”
1995 The Laverne & Shirley Reunion Himself Television special
1996 Weird Science Tommy Svachino Episode: “Men in Tights”
1997 The Big Easy Joey LaVern Episode: “Heavenly Body”
1998 The Jamie Foxx Show Danny Episode: “It’s All Good, Fellas”
1998 Sunset Beach Summons Process Server 2 episodes
1998 Deadly Game Det. Murdoch Television film
2002 Power Rangers Wild Force Don Episode: “The Tornado Spin”
2002 Laverne & Shirley: Together Again Himself Television special
2005 The Bold and the Beautiful Las Vegas Minister 2 episodes
2006 24 Ned Episode: “Day 5: 7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m.”
2006 It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Bobby Thunderson Episode: “Hundred Dollar Baby”
2007 Crossing Jordan James Talbot Episode: “Shattered”
2007 The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Western Director Episode: “The Suite Life Goes Hollywood: Part 2”
2008 Pastor Greg FJ 2 episodes
2008 ER Jenkins Episode: “Under Pressure”
2011 The Young and the Restless Bud 2 episodes
2012 Childrens Hospital Frankie Episode: “Wisedocs”