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Ray Sharkey

He was supposed to be straight rather than gay, and he was said to have had sex with hundreds if not thousands of women (and he married twice). But in his most memorable roles he always played either a bisexual or someone with a strong homoerotic vibe: Vinnie Vaccari in "The Idolmaker," Sonny Steelgrave in "Wiseguy," Frank in "Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly hills." He just exuded pure sex, and seemed like he would fuck anything that moved.

A huge fuss was made over his first big starring appearance in "The Idolmaker," which led to a Golden Globe nomination but also a $460 a day heroin habit. He OD'ed on coke and/or heroin several times and got in a terrible car accident, and lost his leading man status. But even in supporting parts he was always the one you noticed, and he was the one who garnered the most critical attention for "Wiseguy" though he was the antagonist.

After he was diagnosed with HIV (which he claimed originated from intravenous drug use) in the late 80s, he remained in denial and slept with 100 women thereafter., according to his manager. A model successfully sued him for $52 million for infecting her, but when she won the suit against his estate after he died, there was no money to collect.

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by Anonymousreply 20Last Thursday at 9:49 AM

He's so cute. Too bad he's worm food now. What a cruel world..

by Anonymousreply 106/14/2020

His appearance at the doorway of Jacqueline Bisset's bedroom to seduce her was one of the sexiest scenes I've ever seen. He wears a scoop-necked tshirt, with a studded leather jacket over it, and incredibly tight jeans.

by Anonymousreply 206/14/2020

R2 hmmm really? What film is that?

by Anonymousreply 306/14/2020

"Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills."

by Anonymousreply 406/14/2020

R4 Thanks!

by Anonymousreply 506/14/2020

Former drug addict Boy George said Sharkey was the biggest drug dealer in Hollywood.

by Anonymousreply 606/14/2020

R6 More gossip please!

by Anonymousreply 7Last Thursday at 7:46 AM

He fucked that guy from Star Trek Voyager in that movie.

by Anonymousreply 8Last Thursday at 8:01 AM

Despicable man for having unprotected sexual encounters with women after he was diagnosed.

by Anonymousreply 9Last Thursday at 8:06 AM

r9 is a frau.

by Anonymousreply 10Last Thursday at 8:15 AM

[quote]Despicable man for having unprotected sexual encounters with women after he was diagnosed.

Why? Didn't he use Prep?

by Anonymousreply 11Last Thursday at 8:19 AM

He hid his HIV for fear of losing roles. Me thinks he was more into men than women...the drug HIV story was just a cover. I am guessing he offered his ass for heroin.

by Anonymousreply 12Last Thursday at 8:24 AM

No relation.

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by Anonymousreply 13Last Thursday at 8:28 AM

There's way more evidence of his extensive drug addiction than any sex with men. In fact, there's zero evidence of sex with men.

If he looked like Philip Seymour Hoffman no one would suspect him of being bi or gay.

by Anonymousreply 14Last Thursday at 8:58 AM

Then there's this:

On September 22, 2015, Sharkey's daughter, Cecelia Bonnie Sharkey, was charged with capital murder for the death of her boyfriend's mother, Patricia Metropoulous (Hickerson). In November 2017 she pleaded no contest, was declared insane at the time of the crime and was committed to Patton State Hospital.

by Anonymousreply 15Last Thursday at 8:59 AM

[quote] he was the one who garnered the most critical attention for "Wiseguy" though he was the antagonist.

Sharkey's portrayal of a mafia don was so charismatic it became a problem for the producers. They did an episode just for the purpose of reminding the audience what an evil man he was.

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Since Wiseguy was meant to be told in different story arcs, Sonny Steelgrave was always meant to be temporary. However, Sonny was proving to be far more popular than expected. Fearing backlash over his demise, this episode was written specifically to remind viewers just how cold and ruthless Sonny could be, in order to make his demise more palatable.

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by Anonymousreply 16Last Thursday at 9:06 AM

Ray Sharkey not only dealt drugs, he was instrumental in trafficking them via “overnight film cans” of movies to be played for east coast execs. Tarmac to tarmac, LA to NYC.....(ALLEGEDLY).......it was kinda genius when you think about it

by Anonymousreply 17Last Thursday at 9:12 AM

Excellent, charismatic actor. Wonderful in The Idolmaker. A shame his life ended so tragically.

by Anonymousreply 18Last Thursday at 9:14 AM

Horrible wig in Wiseguy. Thankfully Spacey played the next villain and he was quite good, too.

by Anonymousreply 19Last Thursday at 9:14 AM

R10 is a bug chaser.

by Anonymousreply 20Last Thursday at 9:49 AM
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