Brooklyn, New York
Ken Lerner came to Los Angeles in 1975 after studying in New York with Stella Adler and appearing in
off-off Broadway shows. He immediately got cast in the #1 show in the country, Happy Days, where he
preceded to secure recurring roles as tough guy Frankie Bing Bong, Demolition Derby driver Rocko
Malacchi, and Fonzie’s best friend, Rocko Baruffi. In the same month, Ken got the lead in an AFI movie, Hot
Tomorrows. The student film effort of director Marty Brest (Scent of A Woman, Beverly Hills Cop), Hot
Tomorrows went on to the New York and Los Angeles film festivals, becoming a cult favorite.
Ken has continued to work in TV, movies, and commercials for the last 25 years, making his a recognizable
face everywhere he goes. He has appeared in more than 50 top television shows, including NYPD Blue,
Chicago Hope, ER, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Judging Amy, The Drew Carey Show, Dharma and Greg,
Beverly Hills 90210, JAG, LA Law, Family Ties, Newhart, The Commish and Hill Street Blues.
Ken’s major film roles include Unlawful Entry, the Doctor, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Running Man, The
Story of Us, Immediate Family, Irreconcilable Differences, Project X and many others. Ken has also starred
in memorable commercials for Snickers, Federal Express, Immodium, McDonald’s, Toyota, Delta Airlines,
Kitchen Aid and others.
Ken began teaching acting classes for his mentor, the late Roy London, who gave Ken the honor of being his
first student teacher. Ken has been teaching cold reading and scene study class for the past 12 years and has
helped numerous actors get jobs in movies, TV shows and pilots. His past and present students include
Sheena Easton, Famke Janssen, Christa Miller and many others.
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Bio contributed by the Ken Lerner Website.
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