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Tony Ganios, actor of 'Porky's' and 'The Wanderer,' dies at 64

Tony Ganios, actor of 'Porky's' and 'The Wanderer,' dies at 64

 


Actor Tony Ganios, who appeared in Philip Kaufman's 1979 feature film The Wanderers as well as the 1980s sex comedy Porkys, has died at the age of 64. His wife confirmed Ganios' death on Tuesday X.

Ganios made his debut in Kaufman's coming-of-age drama about an Italian gang of teenagers living in the Bronx in 1963. Ganios played the character Perry in the film which starred Ken Wahl and Karen Allen. He followed this up with a performance in the 1981 feature film Continental Divide with John Belushi.

His biggest claim to fame, however, was as the real-life Meat in Bob Clark's 1981 comedy Porkys. The film tells the story of a group of high school students seeking to lose their virginity in the 1950s. enjoyed unexpected success upon its release, becoming one of the highest-grossing films of 1982 and would spawn two sequels: 1983's Porkys II: The Next Day and 1985's Porkys Revenge, in which Ganios would both appear.

In 1990, Ganios would play one of the villainous henchmen taken out by Officer John McLaine (Bruce Willis) in Die Hard 2. He would also make appearances on television shows such as Scarecrow and Mrs. King and The Equalizer. He would play a mob lawyer in the 1987 Emmy Award-winning series Wiseguy.

He would reunite with Kaufman for his final film appearance in 1993, in the Sean Connery/Wesley Snipes action film Rising Sun.

He is survived by his fiancée, Amanda Serrano-Ganios.

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