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  • KEN LERNER

    Brooklyn, New York

    Ken Lerner came to Los Angeles in 1975 after studying in New York with Stella Adler and appearing in off-off Broadway shows. He immediately got cast in the #1 show in the country, Happy Days, where he preceded to secure recurring roles as tough guy Frankie Bing Bong, Demolition Derby driver Rocko Malacchi, and Fonzie’s best friend, Rocko Baruffi. In the same month, Ken got the lead in an AFI movie, Hot Tomorrows. The student film effort of director Marty Brest (Scent of A Woman, Beverly Hills Cop), Hot Tomorrows went on to the New York and Los Angeles film festivals, becoming a cult favorite.
          Ken has continued to work in TV, movies, and commercials for the last 25 years, making his a recognizable face everywhere he goes. He has appeared in more than 50 top television shows, including NYPD Blue, Chicago Hope, ER, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Judging Amy, The Drew Carey Show, Dharma and Greg, Beverly Hills 90210, JAG, LA Law, Family Ties, Newhart, The Commish and Hill Street Blues.
          Ken’s major film roles include Unlawful Entry, the Doctor, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Running Man, The Story of Us, Immediate Family, Irreconcilable Differences, Project X and many others. Ken has also starred in memorable commercials for Snickers, Federal Express, Immodium, McDonald’s, Toyota, Delta Airlines, Kitchen Aid and others.
          Ken began teaching acting classes for his mentor, the late Roy London, who gave Ken the honor of being his first student teacher. Ken has been teaching cold reading and scene study class for the past 12 years and has helped numerous actors get jobs in movies, TV shows and pilots. His past and present students include Sheena Easton, Famke Janssen, Christa Miller and many others.
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    FILM/TV CREDITS

    - Crawlers (2001)
    - Like Father, Like Son (2000)
    - True Vinyl (2000)
    - Michael Richard's Show (2000) [TV]
    - Touched By An Angel (2000) [TV]
    - Ally McBeal (2000) [TV]
    - Judging Amy (2000) [TV]
    - Drew Carey (2000) [TV]
    - Will & Grace (2000) [TV]
    - Diagnosis Murder (2000) [TV]
    - Brutally Normal (2000) [TV]
    - The Woman Every Man Wants (00)
    - Godzilla (1998)
    - Senseless (1998)
    - Buffy the Vampire Slayer (97) [TV]
    - The Practice (1997) [TV]
    - Dharma & Greg (1997) [TV]
    - Total Security (1997) [TV]
    - Gun (1997) [TV]
    - For Better or Worse (1996)
    - Rave Review (1995)
    - Bodily Harm (1995)
    - JAG (1995) [TV]
    - Trial by Fire (1995) [TV]
    - Dream a Little Dream 2 (1994)
    - ER (1994) [TV]
    - Chicago Hope (1994) [TV]
    - Fast Getaway II (1994)
    - Relentless IV: Ashes to Ashes (94)
    - A Twist of the Knife (1993) [TV]
    - NYPD Blue (1993) [TV]
    - Fallen Angels (1993) [TV]
    - Mother's Boys (1993)
    - Unlawful Entry (1992)
    - Diary of a Hit Man (1991)
    - The Doctor (1991)
    - Blossom (1991) [TV]
    - The Commish (1991) [TV]
    - Fast Getaway (1991)
    - The Exorcist III (1990)
    - Beverly Hills, 90210 (90) [TV]
    - Robocop 2 (1990)
    - Immediate Family (1989)
    - Columbo (1989) [TV]
    - The Fabulous Baker Boys (89)
    - Relentless (1989)
    - Hit List (1988)
    - The Running Man (1987)
    - Project X (1987)
    - Jake Speed (1986)
    - L.A. Law (1986) [TV]
    - Miracles (1986)
    - Matlock (1986) [TV]
    - Valerie (1986) [TV]
    - Secret Admirer (1985)
    - The Golden Girls (1985) [TV]
    - Best Kept Secrets (1984) [TV]
    - Hunter (1984) [TV]
    - Who's the Boss? (1984) [TV]
    - Irreconcilable Differences (1984)
    - The A-Team (1983) [TV]
    - Million Dollar Infield (82) [TV]
    - Hill Street Blues (1981) [TV]
    - Any Which Way You Can (1980)
    - The Two-Five (1978) [TV]
    - Gas Pump Girls (1978)
    - Grand Theft Auto (1977)
    - Hot Tomorrows (1977)
    - Happy Days (1974) [TV]

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