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      Ken Wahl

      Ken Wahl

      Highest Rated: 89% The Wanderers (1979)

      Lowest Rated: 20% Purple Hearts (1984)

      Birthday: Oct 31, 1954

      Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

      A tall, dark, down-to-earth leading man, typically in streetwise parts, Ken Wahl had no previous acting training or experience when he auditioned for, and landed, the role of street gang member Richie Gennaro in Philip Kaufman's "The Wanderers" (1979). His subsequent film work has been sporadic and uneven. Wahl was well-cast as Paul Newman's partner in Daniel Petrie's unsatisfying cop drama "Fort Apache, The Bronx" (1981). He was teamed romantically with Bette Midler in the aptly named "Jinxed!" (1982); their off-screen animosity spilled onscreen. While "The Soldier" (1982) offered his first leading role in an action pic, Wahl fared no better, delivering a rather one-note wooden performance. In Sidney J. Furie's "Purple Hearts" (1984), Wahl was successfully repositioned as a romantic lead, portraying a doctor in Vietnam who falls for a nurse (Cheryl Ladd). His reteaming with Furie, 1991's "The Taking of Beverly Hills" was meant to cast the actor as an action hero, but the results were pallid. As was his second feature with Daniel Petrie, "The Favor" (filmed in 1990; released in 1994), in which he was object of desire of both Harley Jane Kozak and Elizabeth McGovern.

      Highest rated movies

      The Wanderers
      Fort Apache, the Bronx
      The Taking of Beverly Hills
      The Favor
      Purple Hearts

      Photos

      THE WANDERERS, Ken Wahl, Karen Allen, 1979 THE WANDERERS, John Friedrich, Ken Wahl, 1979 THE WANDERERS, from left: Ken Wahl, John Friedrich, Tony Ganios, Jim Youngs, 1979. ©Orion Pictures PURPLE HEARTS, Ken Wahl, Cheryl Ladd, 1984, (c) Warner Brothers FAVOR, Elizabeth McGovern, Ken Wahl, Brad Pitt, Harley Jane Kozak, Bill Pullman, 1994 PURPLE HEARTS, Ken Wahl, 1984, (c) Warner Brothers THE WANDERERS, Ken Wahl, 1979, (c) Warner Brothers FORT APACHE THE BRONX, Ken Wahl, Pam Grier, Paul Newman, Ronnie Clanton, 1981, TM & Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp FORT APACHE THE BRONX, Paul Newman, Ken Wahl, 1981, TM & Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp FORT APACHE THE BRONX, Paul Newman, Pam Grier, Ken Wahl, 1981, TM & Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp PURPLE HEARTS, Ken Wahl (center), 1984, (c) Warner Brothers PURPLE HEARTS, Cheryl Ladd, Ken Wahl, 1984, (c) Warner Brothers THE WANDERERS, Jim Youngs (standing left), seated front from left: John Friedrich, Ken Wahl, Toni Kalem (standing right), 1979, © Orion THE WANDERERS, from left: Ken Wahl, Linda Manz, 1979, © Orion PURPLE HEARTS, Paul McCrane, Ken Wahl, 1984, (c)Warner Bros. JINXED, Ken Wahl, Bette Midler, 1982, (c) MGM PURPLE HEARTS, Ken Wahl, 1984, (c)Warner Bros. TAKING OF BEVERLY HILLS, Matt Frewer, Ken Wahl, 1991, (c)Columbia Pictures TAKING OF BEVERLY HILLS, Ken Wahl, Lee Ving, Robert Davi (seated), 1991, (c)Columbia Pictures PURPLE HEARTS, Ken Wahl, Cheryl Ladd, 1984, (c)Warner Bros.

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 78% Wiseguy Vinnie Terranova (Character) - 1996
      27% 21% The Favor Tom Andrews (Character) $2.6M 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Search for Grace John 'Johnny' Danielli / Jake (Character) - 1994
      40% 36% The Taking of Beverly Hills Boomer Hayes (Character) $462.4K 1991
      No Score Yet 33% Omega Syndrome Jack Corbett (Character) $13.3K 1987
      No Score Yet 70% Gladiator Rick Benton (Character) - 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Gladiator Rick Benton (Character) - 1986
      No Score Yet 22% Dirty Dozen: The Next Mission Louis Valentine (Character) - 1985
      20% 64% Purple Hearts Don Jardian (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet 29% Jinxed! Willie Brodax (Character) - 1982
      No Score Yet 21% The Soldier The Soldier (Character) - 1982
      80% 66% Fort Apache, the Bronx Corelli (Character) - 1981
      No Score Yet 21% Race to the Yankee Zephyr Barney (Character) - 1981
      No Score Yet 50% Running Scared Chas McClain (Character) - 1980
      89% 87% The Wanderers Richie (Character) - 1979

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wiseguy Vinnie Terranova (Character) 1987-1990