19: Joe Regalbuto – Actor/Director

The Doorpost
November 21, 2014

19: Joe Regalbuto – Actor/Director

GUEST: Joe Regalbuto

joe-regalbuto-07Joe Regalbuto is an American actor and director known for his role as Frank Fontana on the CBS television comedy Murphy Brown. He played a supporting role in the critically acclaimed film Missing in 1982. Also in 1982, Regalbuto played Darius, in the cult sci-fi/fantasy The Sword and the Sorcerer and he played Kalnik, an evil alien, in three episodes of Mork & Mindy. Joe also starred in the CBS series Knots Landing in the 1984-1985 and 1985-1986 season as a character called Harry Fisher who had taken possession of the Ewing twins illegally which centred on the Black Market storyline. Additionally, he starred in the 1986 TV movie Fuzz Bucket as well as the short-lived series Street Hawk. In 1988, Joe played the part of Rebecca Devereaux’s boyfriend in the TV series The Golden Girls

Late in the series, Regalbuto directed more than 20 episodes of Murphy Brown. He also has directed episodes of TitusGeorge LopezWizards of Waverly Place and other television programs.

In 2002, he appeared on the final season (5th) of the Ally McBeal TV series, episode 10, “One Hundred Tears”, as Harvey Hall, a man who believed he could fly, using wings of his own making.

In 2008, he had guest roles in the TV series Ghost Whisperer and Criminal Minds, as well as a small role in the movie Bottle Shock. In 2009, Regalbuto had a guest appearance on NCIS.

In 2012, he played the critically acclaimed part of Mr Rogers in the TV Series Southland: “his character feigned grief in what Det. Lydia Adams (Regina King) called ‘an Academy Award-winning performance.’ He’s not eligible for an Oscar, but Regalbuto might just get an Emmy”.

In recent years, he has directed episodes of Hot in Cleveland, Saint George with George Lopez and Partners with Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence.


Landing the role that brought him to California in a short lived show called, The Associates.


Don’t get into the entertainment business… but if you have to, just know that you will have to go through some very tough times. Just keep persevering.


Finds something he can do everyday that helps him improve in his craft.


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