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 Don Calfa

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Don Calfa Famous memorial

Original Name
Donald George
Birth
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death
1 Dec 2016 (aged 76)
Yucca Valley, San Bernardino County, California, USA
Burial
Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea
Memorial ID
173399593 View Source

Actor. He is best remembered for playing 'Ernie, the mortician' in the film "Return of the Living Dead" (1985). After choosing to pursue a career in entertainment, he studied at Erwin Piscator's Dramatic Workshop and later acquired experience in summer stock. This led to him making his professional debut in the short-lived Broadway play "The Mating Game" (1965). He made his motion picture debut in the Robert Downey, Sr. film "No More Excuses" (1968) and went on to such pictures as "Utterly Without Redeeming Social Value" (1969), "Pound" (1970) and "Greaser's Palace" (1972); the latter two were also directed by Downey. Calfa became a character actor of choice for such prominent directors as Mark Rydell "Cinderella Liberty" (1973), Peter Bogdanovich "Nickelodeon" (1976), Martin Scorsese "New York, New York" (1977), Blake Edwards "10" (1979) and Steven Spielberg "1941". Additionally, he will be familiar to movie audiences for playing 'Paulie, the hit man' in the comedy farce "Weekend at Bernie's" (1989). Among his other films include "The Star Chamber" (1983), "The Presidio" (1988) and "Bugsy" (1991). He had extensive credits on television in such programs as "Kojak", "The Streets of San Francisco", "Hill Street Blues" and "Murder, She Wrote".

Actor. He is best remembered for playing 'Ernie, the mortician' in the film "Return of the Living Dead" (1985). After choosing to pursue a career in entertainment, he studied at Erwin Piscator's Dramatic Workshop and later acquired experience in summer stock. This led to him making his professional debut in the short-lived Broadway play "The Mating Game" (1965). He made his motion picture debut in the Robert Downey, Sr. film "No More Excuses" (1968) and went on to such pictures as "Utterly Without Redeeming Social Value" (1969), "Pound" (1970) and "Greaser's Palace" (1972); the latter two were also directed by Downey. Calfa became a character actor of choice for such prominent directors as Mark Rydell "Cinderella Liberty" (1973), Peter Bogdanovich "Nickelodeon" (1976), Martin Scorsese "New York, New York" (1977), Blake Edwards "10" (1979) and Steven Spielberg "1941". Additionally, he will be familiar to movie audiences for playing 'Paulie, the hit man' in the comedy farce "Weekend at Bernie's" (1989). Among his other films include "The Star Chamber" (1983), "The Presidio" (1988) and "Bugsy" (1991). He had extensive credits on television in such programs as "Kojak", "The Streets of San Francisco", "Hill Street Blues" and "Murder, She Wrote".

Bio by: C.S.

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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: C.S.
  • Added: 2 Dec 2016
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 173399593
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/173399593/don-calfa: accessed ), memorial page for Don Calfa (3 Dec 1939–1 Dec 2016), Find a Grave Memorial ID 173399593, ; Maintained by Find a GraveCremated, Ashes scattered at sea.