Al Ruscio
Al Ruscio
Al Ruscio made two guest appearances on "Night Court" in Seasons 1 and 4.
General Actor Information
Born: June 2, 1924
Birthplace Salem, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died November 12, 2013
Death Location Encino, California, U.S.
Appearances/Series information
Appeared on: Night Court
appeared in:
  • "The Eye of the Beholder" (Season 1)
  • "Her Honor (Part 2)" (Season 4)
  • Appears as: Ralph Foley / Mr.Fetty

    Al Ruscio (born June 2, 1924 - died November 12, 2013) made two guest appearances on Night Court; first as Ralph Foley, a blind man who's brought into court on pandering charges, in the Season 1 episode "The Eye of the Beholder" (episode #5), then as Mr. Fetty, a former New York State Senator, now homeless, brought into court on vagrancy charges, in the Season 4 episode "Her Honor (Part 2)" (episode #2).

    Acting career

    An Italian-American character actor, Al's career spanned the late 1950s to 2011, with his first job being Gunsmoke in 1958. Ruscio was already an accomplished actor by the time he arrived in Hollywood, soon after which he starred in “A View From the Bridge” at the Players Ring Theater.

    He also began to play major guest roles on series including Bonanza, Mr. Lucky, The Untouchables” and CBS's Playhouse 90, and he appeared in the film Al Capone with Rod Steiger. [1] Al made his mark performing in guest spots for numerous notable television shows including Days of Our Lives, Life Goes On, The Wonder Years, Beverly Hills 90210, and Barney Miller, which prominently features The Godfather's Abe Vigoda.

    Ruscio also made appearances in several hit films aside from his role as Leo Cuneo in The Godfather Part III. These include Any Which You Can, Guilty by Suspicion with Robert De Niro, and Showgirls.

    From 1989-93, Al played the opera-loving grandfather on the TV series Life Goes On. The following year, he was a regular on the TV sereis Joe’s Life. In addition, he appeared in the pilot of “Seinfeld” as the restaurant manager, as well as on NBC's Mad About You and ER, ABC's The Wonder Years, and NYPD Blue.[1]

    He was Elder Number Four on FOX's The X-Files TV series, and he played the character Kosta Kanelos on the ABC-TV soap opera Port Charles. Most recently, he appeared in the comedies “Malcolm & Eddie” and Til Death.[1]

    Personal/Family life and Death

    Ruscio died in Encino, CA, on November 12, 2013, only 24 days before his wife of 59 years, actress Kate Williamson. He and his his wife, conducted acting workshops specifically designed for animators.[1]


    1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Variety Staff. "Al Ruscio, Character Actor and Acting Teacher, Dies at 89",, November 14, 2013. 

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