'Porky's' actor Tony Ganios dead at 64

 February 21, 2024

Tony Ganios, the actor known for his tough guy roles in the 1980s and especially the movie Porky's, has died.

The 64-year-old died of a heart attack following surgery to treat a spinal cord infection.

The 6'4" Brooklyn native got his film debut as Perry LaGuardia in the coming-of-age movie The Wanderers, directed by Philip Kaufman.

'Porky's' actor dies

The movie, based on the novel of the same name by Richard Price, tells the story of a gang of Italian American greasers in the Bronx. Actor Ken Wahl, who starred in The Wanderers with Ganios, expressed his shock and grief over his sudden death.

“Rest In Peace, Buddy ..... I love you,” Wahl wrote on X.

Ganios shared the screen with Wahl again in the CBS crime drama Wiseguy, in which Ganios appeared as a mob lawyer, and the movie The Taking of Beverly Hills.

But his most famous role may be Anthony 'Meat' Tuperello in the raunchy 80s sex comedy Porky's. The movie was one of the biggest box office hits of 1982 and had two sequels, with Ganios appearing in both.

Ganios played a killer in Die Hard 2 who is stabbed to death with an icicle by Bruce Willis' John McClane.

In his final movie, Kaufman's crime thriller Rising Sun, he played an imposing door guard. The movie starred Sean Connery and Wesley Snipes.

Ganios' other acting credits include Continental Divide with John Belushi and episodes of the shows Scarecrow and Mrs. King and The Equalizer.

Fiancée's heartbreaking message

Ganios' fiancée, Amanda Serrano-Ganios, confirmed his tragic death on social media website X.

"The last words we said to each other were 'I love you,'" Serrano-Ganios wrote. "Love is an understatement. You are everything to me. My heart, my soul and my best friend. #I love you #tonyganios."

“It's just unreal to me right now. It was so fast,” Serrano-Ganios added. "He hadn't felt well and hid it from me for days. When he finally told me, and was taken to the hospital, his spinal cord was severely infected. They did surgery, next morning, his heart stopped. I'm crushed.”

Actor Jack Mulcahy, who appeared in Porky's with Ganios, sent his love over X.

"I am so very sad to hear the news of his passing. Sending love and deepest condolences," he wrote.

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