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This article's subject relates to Season 5 of 24.This is a production article written from an out-of-universe perspective

Eddie Mekka (June 14, 1952November 27, 2021; age 69), born Rudolph Edward Mekjian, played Ned, the foreman at an oil drilling field, during Season 5 of 24.

Biography and career[]

Eddie Mekka was born in Worcester, Massachusetts as Rudolph Edward Mekjian. He was of Armenian ancestry. Mekka graduated from Burncoat High School.

Mekka was most famous for his continuing role as Carmine "The Big Ragoo" Ragusa on TV's Laverne & Shirley during its entire run from 1976 thru 1983. In the 70's, he also appeared repeatedly in shows like Fantasy Island and The Love Boat.

More recently, in 1992 Mekka had a small role in the film A League of Their Own, with Tom Hanks and Madonna. The film also featured Gregory Sporleder. He has also appeared in Dreamgirls and The Last Stand. Mekka also appeared in the series Crossing Jordan, with Ravi Kapoor.

Mekka died in California on November 27, 2021, at the age of 69.

24 credits[]

Selected filmography[]

  • Silver Twins (2017)
  • Through a Mother's Eyes (2013)
  • Stuck in the Past (2007)
  • Dreamgirls (2006)
  • The Last Stand (2006)
  • Love Made Easy (2006)

Television appearances

  • Children's Hospital (2012)
  • Pastor Greg (2008)
  • ER (2008)
  • The Suite Life of Zack and Cody (2007)
  • Crossing Jordan (2007)
  • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2006)
  • Catch Me If You Can / Deadly Game (1998)
  • Laverne & Shirley (1976-1983)

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