Eddie Mekka Dies: ‘Laverne & Shirley’ Actor Was 69

Eddie Mekka Dies: ‘Laverne & Shirley’ Actor Was 69

Eddie Mekka, Laverne & Shirley

12/2/2021 6:35:00 PM

Eddie Mekka Dies: ‘ Laverne & Shirley ’ Actor Was 69

Eddie Mekka , the actor who played Carmine Ragusa, the high school sweetheart of Cindy Williams’ Shirley Feeney on the hit ’70s sitcom Laverne & Shirley , died Saturday, Nov. 27, at h…

Everett CollectionBlansky’s Beauties, the 1977 series starring Nancy Walker, was not a success, but Mekka’s supporting role onLaverne & Shirleyfrom 1976 to 1983 brought him national recognition and his signature role. As the kind-hearted Carmine – known affectionally by as The Big Ragoo – Mekka was part of the sitcom’s primary romantic relationship. His on and off relationship with Shirley, and his loyal friendship with both Williams’ character and Penny Marshall’s Laverne, provided the series with one of its most significant supporting players.

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Mekka’s Carmine was a part-time boxer with dreams of becoming a dancer and singer – ambitions that provided an showcase for Mekka’s musical theater talents and background. In the final episode of the longrunning series, Carmine lands a role in the Broadway musical

HairThough hisLaverne & Shirleycharacter would prove to be Mekka’s most recognizable role, the actor also appeared on such ’70s and ’80s series as

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I remember him being in a Happy Days episode where Fonzie actually had a fight. It was so it wasn't 5 on 1. He sang 'You'll never go from rags to riches' before the fight. RIP singing boxer man So sad. Was one of my favorite shows growing up... RIP Carmine RIP😔😔 I liked him RIP Big Ragu! Sad. R.I.P. EddieMekka 🙏🏼💙 - I Loved Carmine 💔

The Big Ragoo— one of my first “concerts” was seeing Eddie sing live. All my friends and I thought he was a dream ❤️RIP Dud could DANCE. RIP He was good on the show. RIP to him.

‘Laverne & Shirley’ Star Eddie Mekka Dies At 69 Eddie Mekka , who portrayed Carmine Ragusa (aka “The Big Ragu”) on ABC sitcom “Laverne & Shirley” died on November 27 at his home in Newhall, California. 🕯🕊

You know I go from Rags to Riches 😭😭😭 Xmas mental hospital episode is the greatest funniest most emotional ever made I enjoyed his dancing and singing. From Worcester, MA, my hometown. 💔 The Big Raggou RexChapman Sad news! 😢 Rest in Peace RexChapman I've gone from rags to riches. damn that's young :-(

'Laverne & Shirley' Star Eddie Mekka, Played Carmine, Dead at 69 Eddie Mekka , who most famously played Carmine, the 'Big Ragu,' on 'Laverne & Shirley' has died ... TMZ has learned. 😫😭😭 Aww🥴 💔

RexChapman RIP “The Big Ragu”

Wow, his character Carmine, was one of my favorite characters on Laverne and Shirley. May he rest in peace. RexChapman Man, I loved Carmine! RIP, Big Ragu.💔 Rip Big Ragu! A great dancer and comic relief! Ugh man. RIP The Big Ragoo. RIP, The Big Ragu

'Laverne & Shirley' Star Eddie Mekka, Played Carmine, Dead at 69 Eddie Mekka , who most famously played Carmine, the 'Big Ragu,' on 'Laverne & Shirley' has died ... TMZ has learned. 😫😭😭 Aww🥴 💔

‘Laverne & Shirley’ Star Eddie Mekka Dies At 69 Eddie Mekka , who portrayed Carmine Ragusa (aka “The Big Ragu”) on ABC sitcom “Laverne & Shirley” died on November 27 at his home in Newhall, California. 🕯🕊

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