Ed O'Ross (born July 4, 1946) is an American character actor known for his work as Itchy in Dick Tracy, Colonel Perry in Universal Soldier, Lt. Touchdown in Full Metal Jacket, ruthless Georgian mobster Viktor Rostavili in Red Heat, and police detective Cliff Willis in The Hidden.
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==Ed O'Ross== (born July 4, 1946) is an American character actor known for his work as [[Itchy]] in [[Dick Tracy]], [[Colonel Perry]] in [[Universal Soldier]], [[Lt. Touchdown]] in [[Full Metal Jacket]], ruthless Georgian mobster [[Viktor Rostavili]] in [[Red Heat]], and police detective [[Cliff Willis]] in [[The Hidden]].
===O'Ross was born=== Edward Oross in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, of Czechoslovak descent. Prior to becoming an actor O'Ross had a brief career as a boxer and as a minor league baseball player. He currently resides in New York City and Los Angeles.
===He has appeared=== in many films and has played several Russian characters including villain Viktor Rosta in Walter Hill's action film Red Heat, Nikolai, one of Ruth Fisher's love interests on the HBO series Six Feet Under and Leo, a sandwich shop owner on Curb Your Enthusiasm and playing the voice of Agent K on "Men in Black: The Series".
===His films include=== Dreams of Gold: The Mel Fisher Story, The Pope of Greenwich Village, The Cotton Club, Full Metal Jacket, Lethal Weapon, The Hidden, Action Jackson, Red Heat, Another 48 Hrs., Universal Soldier, Dick Tracy, Hoodlum, Curious George, The Harsh Life of Veronica Lambert and Sorority Party Massacre.
===Guest television appearances=== include Six Feet Under, Boston Legal, Seinfeld, Walker, Texas Ranger, Curb Your Enthusiasm, CSI: NY, and The Outsiders. He also appeared in the Moonlighting episode "Brother, Can You Spare A Blonde?"
==Ed O'Ross== Actor - ===Date of Birth=== 4 July 1949, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
===Birth Name=== Edward Orss
===Height=== 6' 1" (1.85 m)
===Mini Bio (1)=== Rough'n'tumble character actor Ed O'Ross was born as Ed Oross on July 4, 1946 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was an alter boy as a kid and graduated from Munhall High in 1964. Following graduation O'Ross attended both Point Park College and Carnegie Tech. He was an amateur Golden Gloves boxing champion and minor league baseball player prior to embarking on an acting career. He studied acting in New York with legendary teachers Stella Adler and Uta Hagen. Ed made his film debut in 1982 in "Dear Mr. Wonderful." A strong actor with an often intense and intimidating screen presence, O'Ross gets frequently cast as ramrod army officers, cynical seen-it-all-twice cops, and mean villains. O'Ross was memorably nasty as brutal Russian drug dealer Viktor 'Rosta' Rostavili in Walter Hill's stirring buddy cop action thriller "Red Heat." Other notable parts include slimy dope pusher Mendez in the exciting blockbuster "Lethal Weapon," the rugged Lt. Touchdown in Stanley Kubrick's powerful "Full Metal Jacket," vicious mobster Ralph Capone in "The Verne Miller Story," hard-boiled detective Cliff Willis in the terrific sci-fi/action winner "The Hidden," the antsy Stringer in the enjoyably trashy "Action Jackson," and the tough Col. Perry in "Universal Soldier." Ed was outstanding as lusty Russian florist Nikolai on the acclaimed cable TV series "Six Feet Under." Among the other TV shows O'Ross has done guest spots on are "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "CSI: NY," "NYPD Blue," "Boston Legal," "Chicago Hope," "Seinfeld," "Frasier," "Walker: Texas Ranger," "Moonlighting," and "Scarecrow and Mrs. King." On stage Ed has appeared in Shakespeare's "King Lear," James Thurber's "Story Theater," and City Center children's theater. He has also acted in several TV commercials. Ed O'Ross lives in both New York and Los Angeles.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: woodyanders
===Trade Mark (1)=== Deep gravelly voice
Often plays Russian characters
Is a former Golden Gloves boxing champ.
Studied acting with Uta Hagen and Stella Adler.
He's the son of a steel worker.
Ed O'Ross portrayed a henchman for Dutch Schultz in two movies, The Cotton Club (1984) & Hoodlum (1997).
Ed O'Ross guest starred on two different TV series: "Men" in 1989 and "NCIS" in 2011 and they were both titled, 'Baltimore'!.
===Personal Quotes (2)===
Boy, if anyone thinks I look Irish, they need glasses. I'm pure Czechoslovakian and proud of it.
This is the first good series I've ever done, let's put it that way. When you get up in the morning and you can't wait to go to work and you're just loving every minute of it, it really is heaven. (on playing Nikolai on "Six Feet Under")
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