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Concetta Tomei

Character actress Concetta Tomei was born on December 30, 1945, and raised in her hometown of Kenosha, Wisconsin, the only child of a policeman who was a talented artist on the sly. She came from a long line of educators and was likely drawn to that career at an influential age. She attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education. After teaching school in a Milwaukee suburb for four years, however, she abruptly quit to pursue her acting dream. She became a student of the famed Goodman School of Drama in Chicago where she received a another degree, a Bachelor of Fine Arts, in theater arts. She started her professional career on the stock and repertory stages and gathered a formidable list of early credits appearing in such plays as "A Streetcar Named Desire, "Candida," "Blithe Spirit" and "The Corn Is Green." She made her debut on Broadway replacing Carole Shelley in "The Elephant Man" playing the actress/grande dame Mrs. Kendal. She continued in her role when a subsequent tour went out starring David Bowie. Seeking on-camera experience, she moved out West in the 1980s and found plentiful work on TV with her all-controlling, severe-looking femmes, which culminated in the critically acclaimed Vietnam War drama China Beach (1988) in which she played a hard-as-nails major. She continued with a host of guest parts on "L.A. Law," "Murphy Brown," "Picket Fences" and "Wings," among many others. Not readily known for her film work, she has nevertheless offered occasional arch support (since 1991) in such pictures as Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead (1991), Twenty Bucks (1993), Out to Sea (1997) Deep Impact (1998), The Muse (1999) and View from the Top (2003). Another regular series TV role came with Providence (1999), in which she played a chain-smoking mom.

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Dec 30, 1945 In Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Falcon Crest 1981-12-04
Latest Project:
Series Space Force 2020-05-29
Known For
Poster of Ghost Whisperer
Poster of View from the Top
Poster of The Goodbye Bird
Poster of Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead
Series Space Force Rep. Pitosi 2020-05-29
Movie Reach Doris 2018-10-19
Series Veep Unknown 2012-04-22
Movie Cyrano de Bergerac Roxane's Duenna 2008-12-26
Series The Closer Mrs. Rawley 2005-06-13
Movie Gone but Not Forgotten Rita 2005-01-01
Series Numb3rs Unknown 2005-01-23
Series Ghost Whisperer Unknown 2005-09-23
Series Weeds Celia's Mother 2005-08-07
Movie View from the Top Mrs. Stewart 2003-03-21
Series Cold Case Unknown 2003-09-28
Series Providence Lynda Hansen 1999-01-08
Series Judging Amy Unknown 1999-09-19
Movie Deep Impact Patricia Ruiz 1998-05-08
Series The King of Queens Unknown 1998-09-21
Series 7th Heaven Mrs. Hampton 1996-08-26
Series Lush Life Unknown 1996-09-09
Series Star Trek: Voyager Minister Odala 1995-01-16
Series Ellen Unknown 1994-03-29
Movie Sin and Redemption Marina Preston 1994-03-18
Movie The Goodbye Bird Victoria Van Borins 1994-04-02
Series Madman of the People Unknown 1994-09-22
Series Diagnosis: Murder Sister Regina 1993-10-29
Series The Burden of Proof Clara Stern 1992-02-09
Movie Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead Mom ("Mrs. Crandell") 1991-06-07
Series Wings Unknown 1990-04-19
Series China Beach 1988-04-26
Movie In Love and War Doyen Salsig 1987-01-01
Movie The Betty Ford Story Jan 1987-03-02
Series Max Headroom Blank Dominique 1987-03-31
Series L.A. Law Unknown 1986-09-15
Movie Murder in Three Acts Janet Crisp 1986-10-01
Series Falcon Crest Unknown 1981-12-04