Joe Regalbuto

Joe Regalbuto Biography

Joe Regalbuto (born August 24, 1949) is an American actor and director known for his role as Frank Fontana on the CBS television comedy Murphy Brown.

Early life

Regalbuto graduated from New Milford High School in New Milford, New Jersey in 1967.


Regalbuto also starred in the 1986 TV movie Fuzz Bucket and the short-lived series Street Hawk. He played a supporting role in the critically acclaimed film Missing in 1982. Also in 1982, Regalbuto played Darius, in the cult sci-fi/fantasy The Sword and the Sorcerer and he played Kalnik, an evil alien, in three episodes of Mork & Mindy. In 2008, he had a small role in the movie Bottle Shock.

Late in the series, Regalbuto directed more than 20 episodes of Murphy Brown. He also has directed episodes of Titus, George Lopez, Wizards of Waverly Place and other television programs. Regalbuto also was an early spokesman for DirecTV when it first came out.

In 2002, he appeared on the final season (5th) of the Ally McBeal TV series, episode 10, "One Hundred Tears", as Harvey Hall, a man who believed he could fly, using wings of his own making.

In 2008, he had guest roles in the TV series Ghost Whisperer and Criminal Minds. In 2009, Regalbuto had a guest appearance on NCIS.

In 1988, he played the part of Rebecca Devereaux's boyfriend in the TV series The Golden Girls.

In 2012, he played the critically acclaimed part of Mr Rogers in the TV Series Southland: "his character feigned grief in what Det. Lydia Adams (Regina King) called "an Academy Award-winning performance." He's not eligible for an Oscar, but Regalbuto might just get an Emmy".

He has also directed episodes of Hot in Cleveland - Season 3, Episode 5 in 2011 and Season 4, Episodes 6 and 7 in 2013.

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