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Ted Wass
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In addition to his role as Nick Russo on "Blossom", Ted Wass also directed 18 episodes of the series.
General Actor Information
Birth name: Edward Wass
Born: (1952-10-27) October 27, 1952 (age 69)
Birthplace Lakewood, Ohio, U.S.
Actor, television director
Spouse(s): Janet Margolin 1979-1993 (her death, 2 children)
Nina Wass, 1996-present, 1 child
Appearances/Series information
Appeared on: Blossom (TV series)
appeared in:
113 in series in acting role
18 episodes as director
Appears as: Nick Russo

Ted Wass (born October 27, 1952, in Lakewood, Ohio) is an American actor and television director. He is best known for his roles as Danny Dallas on the series Soap (1977–1981) and as Nick Russo on the NBC-TV sitcom Blossom (1991–1995), on which he directed a total of 18 episodes during the show's run. Since Blossom ended its run in 1995, Wass has retired from acting and has focused only on directing episodic television series such as Spin City, The Big Bang Theory, Less than Perfect and 2 Broke Girls.[1]

Early life and education[]

Wass was born in Lakewood, Ohio[1][2] (just west of Cleveland). He was raised in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, (about Template:Cvt west of Chicago) and graduated from Glenbard West High School there in 1970.[2][3] He attended Goodman School of Drama at the Art Institute of Chicago (now at DePaul University).[1]

Wass trained as an opera singer and was also involved in rock and roll as a lead singer and guitarist.[2]


In 1976, Wass made his Broadway debut in the original Broadway production of Grease, playing Danny Zuko.[1]

He made his television debut as Danny Dallas on the ABC-TV sitcom series Soap opposite stage veteran Katherine Helmond from 1977 to 1981, filming 101 episodes.[1] He appeared on Broadway with his Soap co-star Diana Canova in Neil Simon's They're Playing Our Song.[4]

Wass starred in Curse of the Pink Panther (1983),[1] one of the post-Peter Sellers films in the franchise, as Detective Sergeant Clifton Sleigh, engaged by Police Chief Dreyfus to track down Inspector Clouseau.[5]

He played struggling musician Bobby Shelton (who trades his soul — and his family — to become ill-fated rock star "Billy Wayne") in the black comedy film Oh, God! You Devil (1984). He played a sports journalist caught up in a murder in female-Tarzan film Sheena (1984), which received five nominations in the Razzie Awards.[6]

Ted began his directorial career while acting on Blossom. Along with many TV movies, he has directed episodes of over 40 TV series.

Personal life[]

Wass' first wife was actress Janet Maroglin, who died in December 1993 at age 50 from ovarian cancer.[2] Their two children are Julian (a composer) and Matilda.[2] His second wife is producer Nina Wass, whom he married in 1996. Together they have a daughter named Stella.[7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Lights shine on The Theatre School gala honorees. DePaul University (March 29, 2012).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Cavazos, Norma. "TV Questions", The News-Press, November 20, 1994, p. 168. 
  3. History. glenbard1958. Glenbard High School Class of 1958.
  4. Ted Wass. Internet Broadway Database.
  5. Icons of Mystery and Crime Detection: From Sleuths to Superheroes,Brunsdale, Mitzi M. (2010). Icons of Mystery and Crime Detection: From Sleuths to Superheroes. ABC-CLIO. ISBN 9780313345319.
  6. Animal Movies Guide,Wilson, Staci Layne (2007). Animal Movies Guide. ISBN 9780967518534.
  7. Ted Wass Biography (1952-).

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