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Following his success on Broadway, Tony Monaco would heel-and-toe it to Hollywood where in the early '50s he was called to take a screen test at 20th Century Fox studios. He landed a part in Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie, which projected his career from the stage up onto the silver screen and into living rooms around the globe. Monaco had become a world-famous star!

Paramount Pictures found "their popular new dancing star," bought his contract from 20th Century Fox and signed him to a multi-picture contract, while other studios borrowed him to star in their movies. Monaco worked alongside a who's who of legendary pillars from Hollywood's Golden Age including Tallulah Bankhead, Shirley Booth, Rosemary Clooney, Henry Fonda, Alan Hale, Oscar Hammerstein II, Rex Harrison, Helen Hayes, Mary Martin, Agnes Moorehead, Mary Murphy, Richard Rodgers, Maureen Stapleton and countless others.

His roles in dozens of TV shows spanned nearly three decades and included Hill Street Blues, Fame, Michael Landon's Highway to Heaven, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Route 66, Dr. Kildare, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea to mention a few. In addition to numerous guest appearances on the '70s hit TV detective drama Barnaby Jones starring Buddy Ebsen and Lee Meriwether, Monaco also served as Ebsen's Dialogue Director and Script Supervisor.

 

Hollywood

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IN THE MOOD - Movie (1987)
Actor/Tony Monaco

FAME - TV Series (1986)
Actor/Tony Monaco

HIGHWAY TO HEAVEN - TV Series (1986)
Actor/Tony Monaco

HILL STREET BLUES - TV Series (1985)
Actor/Tony Monaco

THE PROSECUTOR - Movie (1983)
Actor/Tony Monaco

THE RUNAWAYS - TV Series (1979)
Actor/Tony Monaco

THE WHITE SHADOW - TV Series (1978)
Actor/Tony Monaco

BARNABY JONES - TV Series (1973 - 1976)
Actor, Dialogue Director/Tony Monaco

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WIN, PLACE OR STEAL - TV Series (1975)
Writer/Anthony Monaco (Tony Monaco)

DEAD AIM - Movie (1975)
Actor, Writer/Tony Monaco

O'HARA, U.S. TREASURY - TV Series (1972)
Actor/Tony Monaco

JOHNNY GOT HIS GUN - Movie (1971)
Associate Producer, Casting Director/Tony Monaco

DAKTARI - TV Series (1968)
Actor/Tony Monaco

THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. - TV Series (1966 - 1968)
Actor/Tony Monaco

DR. KILDARE - TV Series (1961 - 1966)
Actor/Tony Monaco

VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA - TV Series (1964)
Actor/Anthony Monaco (Tony Monaco)

ROUTE 66 - TV Series (1962)
Actor, Choreographer/Tony Monaco

TARGET: THE CORRUPTORS - TV Series (1962)
Actor/Tony Monaco

VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA - Movie (1961)
Actor/Anthony Monaco (Tony Monaco)

ATLANTIS, THE LOST CONTINENT - Movie (1961)
Actor/Anthony Monaco (Tony Monaco)

KING OF DIAMONDS - TV Series (1961)
Actor/Tony Monaco

CHECKMATE - TV Series (1960)
Actor/Tony Monaco

THE MAN AND THE CHALLENGE - TV Series (1959 - 1960)
Actor/Tony Monaco

U.S. MARSHAL - TV Series (1959 - 1960)
Actor/Tony Monaco

HARBOR COMMAND - TV Series (1958)
Actor/Tommy Morton (Tony Monaco)

UPBEAT - TV Series (1955)
Dance Director/Tommy Morton (Tony Monaco)

*MAIN STREET TO BROADWAY - Movie (1953)
Actor/Tommy Morton (Tony Monaco)

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*It was during the filming of Main Street To Broadway that leading lady Tallulah Bankhead's 'influence' over director Tay Garnett, best known for The Postman Always Rings Twice, served as a defining moment for Tommy Morton's career. Enter "Tony Monaco."

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THE STARS ARE SINGING - Movie (1953)
Actor/Tommy Morton (Tony Monaco)

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WAIT TILL THE SUN SHINES, NELLIE - Movie (1952)
Actor/Tommy Morton (Tony Monaco)

THE COLLEGE BOWL - Movie (1950)
Actor/Tommy Morton (Tony Monaco)

 

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