Aug 13, 2012

Anthony Starke

Born in 1963, Anthony Starke started out playing cute, cool, or surly teens.  Between 1985 and 1990, he played on over a dozen tv programs (Silver Spoons, 21 Jump Street, One Big Family) and movies.

The horror movie spoof Return of the Killer Tomatoes (1988) is notable for his shirtless scene, and for his buddy-bond with George Clooney. 

Though his roles were often small, his scenes weren't; they usually required him to take his shirt off.

He worked steadily through the 1990s and 2000s, extending his range to play priests, killers, cowboys, and cops, but his speciality was comedy.  On Seinfeld, he was "The Jimmy," the guy who always referred to himself in the third person.

He was a wisecracking bartender on The George Carlin Show (1994-95), a black-sheep brother on Suddenly, Susan (1996-97), and a Southern con man on the buddy-bonding The Magnificent Seven (1998-2000). Again, he often was required to take his shirt off:

He hasn't played any gay characters, and his personal quote on the Internet Movie Database is gratingly heterosexist, about kissing the girl being "every boy's fantasy."  But sometimes beefcake is enough.

See also: 12 Forgotten Beefcake Boys of the 1980s