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Paul Regina
Paul Regina Showtime Promotional Photo.png
Regina in a publicity photograph for Brothers circa 1985
Paul Joseph Regina Jr.

(1956-10-25)October 25, 1956
DiedJanuary 31, 2006(2006-01-31) (aged 49)
EducationPatchogue-Medford High School
Years active1976–2006
Nancy Dye
(m. 1990; died 2006)

Paul Joseph Regina Jr. (October 25, 1956 – January 31, 2006) was an American actor and occasional screenwriter. He is best known for his role as Cliff Waters in the television series Brothers (1984–1989), as well as his roles in the television series L.A. Law (1988–1992) and The Untouchables (1993–1994).

Early life and education

Paul Joseph Regina Jr. was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Irma (née Manjarrez), an Internal Revenue Service employee, and Paul Joseph Regina, a tradesman. Raised in Medford, New York, he graduated from Patchogue-Medford High School in 1974 after appearing in several school plays and musicals.


Regina began working professionally on stage in an off-Broadway production of The World of Sholom Aleichem in 1976. He played Kenickie in a national touring company of the musical Grease, and later appeared briefly in the Broadway production. He appeared in several additional plays in both Los Angeles and New York City throughout his career.[1]

He began appearing on television in 1978 in the series Police Woman. He had starring roles in the television series Joe & Valerie from 1978 to 1979 with Char Fontane and Zorro and Son in 1983 with Henry Darrow.

He is perhaps best known for his portrayal of gay sibling Cliff Waters, with Robert Walden and Brandon Maggart as his two brothers, and Philip Charles MacKenzie as his best friend, in Showtime's groundbreaking 1980s sitcom Brothers, which was the first American sitcom with homosexual main characters that dealt with homosexuality in a real way. The show ran from 1984 until 1989.[2][3]

He appeared in several made-for-television movies and had guest appearances on a variety of television series. He also had a recurring role in six episodes of L.A. Law as attorney Felix Echeverria, from 1988 to 1992, and went on to appear in fifteen episodes of the 1993–1994 series The Untouchables, playing Frank Nitti, one of Al Capone's top henchmen.

As a writer, he co-wrote the screenplay for the 2001 film Marie with its director, Fred Carpenter. He also penned the 2006 film Eddie Monroe, co-writing the screenplay with Fred Carpenter, Craig Weintraub (writing as Craig Morris), and Thom Ross. He was one of three screenwriters (the others being Fred Carpenter and Joanne Tamburro) for Just Like Joe, released in 2008. He collaborated again with Fred Carpenter and Joanne Tamburro on the story for the 2011 film Jesse, released after his death.

Personal life and death

Regina was married to Nancy Dye, his teacher in an improv workshop, from 1990 until his death in 2006. They had a daughter, Nicolette.

After spending more than 20 years in Hollywood, he returned to his boyhood home of Medford, New York and be with his family.[4]

Regina died of liver cancer in Smithtown, New York on January 31, 2006, at the age of 49.


Film and Television
Year Title Role Notes
1978 The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries Steve 1 episode: "Oh Say Can You Sing"
1978 Police Woman Larry Tarash 1 episode: "Sons"
1978–1979 Joe & Valerie Joe Pizo Main role (8 episodes)
1980 A Change of Seasons Paul Di Lisi Feature film
1980 Hagen Jess 1 episode: "The Rat Pack"
1981 Benson Dominic 1 episode: "Big Buddy"
1981 The Choice Michael Vitela TV movie
1981 Here's Boomer Steve Leckonby 1 episode: "Boomer Goes for the Gold"
1981 A Long Way Home David Branch Czaky TV movie
1982 Code Red Mickey Matisse 1 episode: "From One Little Spark"
1982 Gimme a Break! Jonathan 1 episode: "An Unmarried Couple"
1982 The Renegades Joey Tate TV movie
1982 Cassie & Co. Marco 1 episode: "A Ring Ain't Always a Circle"
1982 The Powers of Matthew Star Pete 1 episode: "Daredevil"
1982 Tucker's Witch Sven 1 episode: "Big Mouth"
1982 The Devlin Connection Gary 1 episode: "Love, Sin and Death at Point Dume"
1982 Voyagers! Marco Polo 1 episode: "The Travels of Marco... and Friends"
1983 T. J. Hooker Larry Coates 1 episode: "The Mumbler"
1983 Zorro and Son Don Carlos de Vega (Zorro Jr.) Main role (5 episodes)
1983 Adam Joe Walsh TV movie
1983 The Awakening of Candra Julio Torres TV movie
1984–1989 Brothers Cliff Waters Main cast (115 episodes)
1986 Adam: His Song Continues Joe Walsh TV movie
1988–1992 L.A. Law Felix Echeverria Recurring role (6 episodes)
1990 Freddy's Nightmares Vinnie / Derby Brown II 1 episode: "What You Don't Know Can Kill You"
1990 Hunter Tony Scarlatti 1 episode: "Son and Heir"
1990 Empty Nest Michael 1 episode: "Lessons"
1991 Equal Justice Mr. Lieberthal 1 episode: "Part of the Plan"
1991 Herman's Head Ted Tatum 1 episode: "The Herman-ator"
1992 Mann & Machine Mr. Battista 1 episode: "Truth or Consequences"
1992 Bay City Story Tony Cefalu TV movie
1993 Bounty Tracker Paul Damone Feature film
1993–1994 The Untouchables Frank Nitti Main cast (42 episodes)
1995 Sharon's Secret Davies TV movie
1996 It's My Party Tony Zamara Feature film
1996 Prey of the Jaguar Randall Bentley Feature film
2000 Law & Order Det. Tony Renado 1 episode: "Narcosis"
2001 Marie Nadi Feature film
2002 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Jeffery Trapani 1 episode: "Counterfeit"
2002 The Blue Lizard Nick Feature film
2006 Eddie Monroe Monty Posthumous release (final film role)


  • Marie (Screenplay, 2001)
  • Eddie Monroe (Screenplay, 2006)
  • Just Like Joe (Screenplay, 2008)
  • Jesse (Story, 2011)



  1. ^ "Paul Regina". Biography. CBS Interactive Inc.: Archived from the original on September 14, 2017. Retrieved August 22, 2012.
  2. ^ Buck, Jerry (June 19, 1987). "Paul Regina Plays Homosexual on 'Brothers'". Times-Union. Warsaw, Indiana. Retrieved August 22, 2012.
  3. ^ "Paul Regina: Biography". IMDb., Inc. Archived from the original on September 14, 2017. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
  4. ^ Bonilla, Denise M. "Paul Regina, 49, progressive actor, family man". News. Newsday. Archived from the original on August 27, 2016. Retrieved August 22, 2012.

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