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Eddie Mekka was trained as an opera singer, and was an active member of the Worcester County Light Opera in his home state of Massachusetts. He was also trained in dancing, and appeared in theater before relocating to Hollywood in the '70s. Playing "The Big Ragu" on "Laverne & Shirley" was his first part as a television regular, and will always be his best remembered. While still on "Laverne and Shirley," Mekka moved over to Garry Marshall's short-lived sitcom "Blansky's Beauties," and later appeared in "America's Most Wanted," "Moonlighting," and a "Rockford Files" reunion movie.