• Adrian Zmed is an American actor, singer and television personality, best known for his roles in the TV series “T.J. Hooker” and the film “Grease 2”.
• He is in his mid-60s and is still working, most recently appearing in the comedy film “Spring Break ‘83”.
• He attended Lane Tech High School and the Goodman School of Drama and is still active in stage productions.
• His net worth is estimated at $3 million and he has been married three times, having two sons from his first marriage.
• He is 5ft 8ins (1.73m) tall and his hair is grey.

Known for movies

Short Info

SpouseLyssa Lynne
MarkBabyfaced swarthy actor playing rebellious Italian descent teenagers.
FactGraduated from Lane Tech High School in Chicago.

Who is Adrian Zmed?

Adrian Zmed is an American actor, singer and television personality, who is still probably best known to the world as Officer Vince Romano in the TV crime-action series “T.J. Hooker” (1982-1985), and also as Johnny Nogerelli in the film “Grease 2”, the sequel to the 1978 blockbuster “Grease”, which starred John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.

What Is Adrian Zmed Doing Now?

Well, Adrian is now in his mid- 60s, and is still working as an actor, most recently finishing work on the comedy film “Spring Break ‘83”, starring Joe Pantoliano, Morgan Fairchild and Alan Ritchson, now awaiting its premiere date.

Furthermore, Adrian is active on stage, and with the likes of Donny Most, Didi Conn and Sandy Duncan, is touring the play entitled “Middletown”; in February they presented it at the Strand.

Adrian Zmed Wiki- Age, Childhood, Education

Born Adrian George Zmed on the 14th March 1954 in Chicago, Illinois USA, he is the youngest of three children born to George Zmed and his wife Persida, having two older brothers, Cornel and Walter. Their father was a Romanian priest, serving from 1952 until 1983 when he retired. The family changed their last name to Smith, feeling that the Americans would more easily accept them, but Adrian changed it back to Zmed when he started performing.

He went to Lane Tech High School in Chicago, where he started playing football as a halfback for the school’s team. However, after a gruesome leg injury that punctured a major artery, Adrian was forced to quit, and as a result took up acting lessons, and appeared in the high school production of “Guys and Dolls”. This early success earned him an appearance on a local TV show, as he was recognized as one of the top high school performers in Chicago. This enabled him to transfer to the Goodman School of Drama, from which he obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, and also to start studying voice at the Chicago Conservatory of Music.

Adrian Zmed

Career Beginnings

Adrian started his career on stage in the early ‘70s. His first major role was as Danny Zuko in the national touring company production of “Grease”, and after the initial success, he appeared in the Broadway production of the musical, portraying Zuko two more times. Years later, he returned as Zuko in the 1995 Broadway revival. Adrian then made his on-screen debut as Marty Decker in the TV series “Starsky and Hutch” in 1978, and the following year secured his first recurring role, as Socks Palermo in the TV comedy series “Flatbush”.

Adrian continued his career with success, portraying Frankie Millardo in the comedy series “Goodtime Girls” in 1980, while in 1981 he featured in the television movie “Revenge of the Gray Gang”.

Rise to Stardom

It was in 1982 that Adrian achieved stardom; first, he portrayed Johnny Nogerelli in the film “Grease 2”, starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Maxwell Caulfield, and Lorna Luft. Although the film wasn’t as successful as the first installment with John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, Adrian received praise for his work. The same year he was selected as Officer Vince Romano next to William Shatner in the TV series “T. J. Hooker” (1982-1985). The role celebrated him as an actor, and he still sees Shatner as his mentor.

Although the two weren’t nominated once for their work on the series, they received high praise from the audience. While working on the prominent TV series, he also starred in the comedy film “Bachelor Party” (1984), next to Tom Hanks and Tawny Kitaen. To speak further about his accomplishments, Adrian was the host of the show “Dance Fever” from 1985 to 1987, replacing Deney Terrio, and had several other roles before the decade ended. In the ’90s he focused more on stage work, starring in the musical “Children of Eden” performed at the Paper Mill Playhouse, followed by work on Broadway in the plays “Falsettos”, “Blood Brothers”, and “Grease”.

The 2000s and Decrease in Popularity

Adrian started the new millennium with roles in B-production films, such as “Running from the Shadows” (2000), and the thriller “The Drone Virus” in 2004. Two years later, Adrian starred in the award-winning film “The Craving Heart”, with Stan Harrington, John Saxon and Rick Peters, but then struggled to obtain prominent roles on-screen, though he is still active on stage. He portrayed Noah in the musical “The Ark”, and was also Nick in the play “Surf The Musical”, performed at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas in 2012.

Other Projects

At the peak of his popularity, Adrian was a television star, as well as featuring in a number of shows as a guest star, including “I Love the ‘80s”, “Saturday Night Live”, and “Confessions of a Teen Idol”.

Additionally, he performed his own special “Adrian Zmed, In Concert” on Princess Cruise Lines, including the Coral Princess and the Island Princess from June 2008 until April 2009.

Adrian Zmed Net Worth, Height, Weight, and Appearance

Adrian Zmed is a popular multi-faceted performer, who enjoyed fame in the ’80s and ‘90s, earning the major part of his current wealth during those years. According to sources, Adrian Zmed’s net worth is as high as $3 million, as of mid- 2020.

Adrian stands at 5ft 8ins (1.73m) tall, and while his current weight is unknown, he has an athletic figure, despite being in his mid- 60s. He works out in the gym, keeping his body fit and in form. He has grey hair and his eyes are hazel.

Adrian Zmed Personal Life, Marriage, Sons, Wife

A playboy in his days, Adrian is known for many adventures with the opposite sex. He has married three times and has two failed marriages behind him. His first wife was his high school sweetheart Barbara Fitzner, and they have two sons together, Zachary and Dylan, now members of the rock band The Janks. They also play in the Everly Brothers tribute band Bird Dogs.

He married his second wife, Susan Wood, an actress who appeared on Broadway, in 1995, but their marriage also ended in a divorce, although there’s no information as to when their marriage ended. Since 5th October 2012 Adrian has been married to Lyssa Lynne Baker; they renewed their vows in Thailand on the 23rd November 2012.

General Info

Full NameAdrian Zmed
Height1.73 m
ProfessionActor, Singer
EducationDePaul University, The Theatre School at DePaul University, Lane Technical College Prep High School


SpouseLyssa Lynne
ChildrenZach Zmed, Dylan Zmed
ParentsGeorge Zmed, Persida Zmed
SiblingsWalter Zmed, Cornel Zmed


MoviesGrease 2, The Final Terror, Bachelor Party, The Drone Virus, Sex Sells: The Making of Touché, Shira: The Vampire Samurai, The Craving Heart, Naked Movie, Health Quiz: Vol. 4, Running from the Shadows, Little Insects, Improper Conduct
TV ShowsT. J. Hooker, Dance Fever, Confessions of a Teen Idol, Goodtime Girls, Flatbush

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#Marks / Signs
1Babyfaced swarthy actor playing rebellious Italian descent teenagers.


1[1983] Preachers' kids have a sense of rebellion in them.


1Remains close to his former T.J. Hooker (1982) co-star William Shatner. He attends Shatner's one-man shows.
2Has his own show on Princess Cruise Lines. [January 2009]
3His acting mentor was William Shatner.
4Best known by the public for his role as Off. Vince Romano on T.J. Hooker (1982).
5Attended the Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago, his native town, and also appeared in such non-musical productions as "Romeo and Juliet" and "She Stoops to Conquer" at Chicago's Goodman Theatre.
6Was married to New Zealand-born actress Susan Wood. He and Susan appeared together on stage in the off-Broadway production of "Eating Raoul" in 1992, based on the popular cult film Eating Raoul (1982) with Robert Beltran, and a mid '90s revival of "Grease" in which Adrian was "Danny Zuko". Susan played the female lead - "Sandy Dumbrowski".
7Has played the head of the T-Birds and male lead in both "Grease" stories; he not only played "Johnny Nogerelli" in Grease 2 (1982) on screen, but played "Danny Zuko" in Original Broadway production and Tommy Tune revival of "Grease" in the 90's.
8Graduated from Lane Tech High School in Chicago.
9Father, with Barbara Fitzner (I)', of sons, Zach Zmed and Dylan Zmed.
10Bilingual; speaks Romanian as well as English




Spring Break '83completedBilly's Father
Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens2016TV MovieAdrian Zmed
Lady Dynamite2016TV SeriesAdrian Zmed
Outside the Box2013TV Series shortJack Torrence
Larry the Cable Guy's Christmas Spectacular2007TV MovieDirty Caroler Dad
Passions2007TV SeriesBasil
The Craving Heart2006Phil Jorgenson
Sex Sells: The Making of 'Touché'2005Lance Long
Shira: The Vampire Samurai2005VideoKristof
The Drone Virus2004Frank Schmidt
Until Morning2002Kyle
Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter2002Video GameToth (voice)
Little Insects2000Sir Sneekleberry (voice)
Running from the Shadows2000Sasch
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show2000TV SeriesHook
Diagnosis Murder1999TV SeriesAdrian Zmed
Unconditional Love1999Mario
Caroline in the City1998TV SeriesJonathan
Storm Chasers: Revenge of the Twister1998TV MovieSmitty
The Steve Harvey Show1998TV SeriesDerrick Love
Improper Conduct1994Doug
Silk Stalkings1994TV SeriesCalvin
The Other Woman1992VideoGreg Mathews
Eyewitness to Murder1989Tyler
Murder, She Wrote1989TV SeriesBert Firman
Empty Nest1988TV SeriesGary
Hotel1986-1987TV SeriesScott Osborne / Bob
You Are the Jury1987TV SeriesStanley Mannings
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1987TV SeriesEdgar Kraft
The Love Boat1986TV SeriesEddy Conrad
T.J. Hooker1982-1985TV SeriesOfficer Vince Romano
Victims for Victims: The Theresa Saldana Story1984TV MovieFred Feliciano
Glitter1984TV Series
Bachelor Party1984Jay O'Neill
The Final Terror1983Marco Cerone
Grease 21982Nogerelli
Bosom Buddies1981TV SeriesJoseph 'Joey Midnight' Raybonz
I'm a Big Girl Now1981TV Series
Revenge of the Gray Gang1981TV MovieJimmy Steinbrenner
For the Love of It1980TV MovieFernando
Angie1979-1980TV SeriesMaxie
Goodtime Girls1980TV SeriesFrankie Millardo
Flatbush1979TV SeriesSocks Palermo
Starsky and Hutch1978TV SeriesMarty Decker


Bachelor Party1984performer: "Little Demon"
Grease 21982performer: "WHO'S THAT GUY?", "SCORE TONIGHT"


D' Coffee Shop Closes at 9PM2015TV Series


The First Terror with Adrian Zmed & Lewis Smith2014Documentary shortHimself
Adrian Zmed Interview2014ShortHimself
Celebrity Ghost Stories2012TV Series documentaryHimself
Casting Call: Spring Break '832009TV SeriesHimself
Confessions of a Teen Idol2009TV SeriesHimself
Entertainment Tonight2008TV SeriesHimself
So You Want Michael Madsen?2008DocumentaryHimself
Whatever Happened To?2007TV SeriesHimself
Comedy Central Roast of William Shatner2006TV MovieHimself - Audience (uncredited)
The Tony Danza Show2005TV SeriesHimself
101 Most Unforgettable SNL Moments2004TV MovieHimself - Commentator
I Love the '80s Strikes Back2003TV Series documentaryHimself
VH-1 Where Are They Now: TV Hunks2003TV Short documentaryHimself
Naked Movie2002Himself
E! True Hollywood Story2002TV Series documentaryHimself
VH-1 Where Are They Now?2000TV Series documentaryHimself
Don Rickles: Rickles on the Loose1986TV MovieHimself
Dance Fever1986TV SeriesHimself - Host
The 36th Primetime Emmy Awards1984TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Creative Arts Awards
Breakaway1983TV SeriesHimself
Battle of the Network Stars XIV1983TV SpecialHimself - ABC Team
Solid Gold1982TV SeriesHimself
An Evening at the Improv1982TV SeriesGuest host

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Retrosexual: The 80's2004TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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