Ted Wass

Ted Wass


10/27/1952, Lakewood, Ohio

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Ted Wass graduated from Goodman Theatre and went on to perform in Grease on Broadway. He has been cast as a leading man in some "B" movies but was better known for his TV roles in Soap and Blossom. Ted has found success as a director. . Currently…more


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  • Trivia

    • Mayim Bialik, who played the title role on Blossom, was already chosen for the show as the casting directors were looking for someone to play her father. Bialik had the opportunity to meet several actors during their auditions, and she liked Ted from the very beginning. She told series creator Don Reo that she really wanted him to play the role, and of course, he ended up accepting. Ted was in his late 30's at the time, and Bialik has admitted that even though he was almost too young to be playing the father of two teenagers and a young adult, he was "perfect" for it.

    • When approached to play the father on the family sitcom Blossom, Ted was initially not interested, because he didn't want to act anymore, and it was his goal to start directing. However, he finally agreed to do it, and it was his final acting role. Also, because directing was his passion, he was allowed to direct several episodes of the show.

    • Ted was married for 14 years to actress Janet Margolin, who was nine years older than him. She died of ovarian cancer in December 1993, when Ted's television show Blossom was in its fourth season. The couple's children, Julian and Matilda Wass, were 3 and 11 years old at the time. Three years later, in 1996, Ted was re-married to producer Nina Wass, and they had a daughter named Stella in 2004.

  • Quotes

  • Ted Wass is an American actor and director.

    Ted Wass was born on October 27, 1952 in Lakewood, Ohio. Ted Wass is an American actor and director. Goodman School of Drama graduate Wass made his Broadway bow in the 1976 production Grease. He is a 1970 graduate of Glenbard West High School, where he portrayed Action in the musical West Side Story during his senior year. He is best known for his roles as "Danny Dallas" on the series Soap and as the father, "Nick Russo", on the NBC sitcom Blossom. Ted Wass briefly left show business and spent a year curing meats in Spain. His first wife was actress Janet Margolin, who died in 1993, aged 50, from ovarian cancer; they had two children. His second wife is producer Nina Wass. http://tedwass.commoreless
  • From playing Danny in Soap to directing Less than perfect, the guy's a real pro.

    Ted Wass was probably my first ever crush, thankfully I'm over it, he was one of my reasons for enjoying Soap in the first place. His character Danny Dallas was something of a himbo, handsome but dumb. I particularly enjoyed his nuptuals to the shrew-like Elaine. After she passed away, any other women he got involved with soon dumped him upon proposal of marriage. Dejected, he took up with the maligned Annie, wife of Chester, his recently discovered biological father.

    Ted's foray to the big screen wasn't entirely a success. The curse of the pink panther got scathing reviews, while others Sheena, Oh! God you devil(co-starring Eugene Roche) never even got a cinema release in the UK. His appearances in TV movies, however was much better, especially as the lecherous Vinnie in The triangle factory fire scandal (which co-starred his wife, the late Janet Margolin).

    I didn't see him in the series Men or Blossom, but Ihave seen his name crop up as a director of numerous comedies. Long may he continue.