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Adam Ferrara

Adam Ferrara
Adam Ferrara in 2013.
Born New York City, NY, U.S.
Medium Stand-up, Film, Television
Nationality American
Influences Jackie Gleason, Richard Pryor, Chris Rush[1]

Adam Ferrara is an American actor and comedian who played the role of Chief "Needles" Nelson on the critically acclaimed FX series Rescue Me is also a co-host on the U.S. version of Top Gear and is playing NYPD Sgt. Frank Verelli opposite Edie Falco on SHOWTIME series Nurse Jackie. He also played Detective Tommy Manetti on the television series The Job.


Ferrara grew up in Huntington Station, New York in an Italian-American family. He is married to indie actress Alex Tyler, who is on the cover of his comedy DVD Funny as Hell. She also plays the "she-devil" in the special's introductory sketch. Ferrara and Anthony Cumia (of the Opie & Anthony Show) were childhood friends, and Ferrara makes occasional appearances on Cumia's radio program.


Ferrara has performed on Comedy Central Presents and has twice been nominated for the American Comedy Award for Best Male Stand-Up. Ferrara frequently performs stand-up at Caroline's and the Comedy Cellar. Ferrara also tours often, performing stand-up at the top clubs around the country.

He has performed stand-up several times on The Tonight Show, the Late Show with David Letterman, and Comedy Central. His stand up was featured in Comedy Central's animated series Shorties Watchin' Shorties in 2004.[2]

In 2009, Ferrara performed in an hour stand-up special which aired on Comedy Central entitled Funny As Hell, and was released on DVD the same day. Ferrara appeared on The Tony Kornheiser Show on January 24, 2013.

Ferrara co-hosts the American version of Top Gear.[3]


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Flying Blind Gerald 1 episode
1996–1998 Caroline in the City Pete Spadaro 3 episodes
1997 Social Studies Dan Rossini 2 episodes
1997 Dads Carl, Sr. TV short
1999 The Love Boat: The Next Wave Stan 1 episode
2001–2002 The Job Tommy Manetti 19 episodes
2003 Ash Tuesday Greg
2003 Law & Order Monty Bender 1 episode
2004 Noise Young Detective
2004–2007 The King of Queens Various characters 3 episodes
2006 The Last Request Cousin Frank
2006 A Merry Little Christmas Donnie Manning TV Movie
2006–2011 Rescue Me Chief 'Needles' Nelson 50 episodes
2008 Definitely, Maybe Gareth
2009 Paul Blart: Mall Cop Sergeant Howard
2009 Winter of Frozen Dreams Burr
2009 The Unusuals Vice Detective #2 Pilot episode
2009 Around The Block Sean
2009 Ugly Betty Sammy 1 episode
2009 The Pack Cassidy
2010 Dennis Leary & Friends Presents: Douchebags & Donuts Himself
2010–Present Top Gear Host
2011 National Lampoon's Dirty Movie Dr. Feelgood
2013-Present Nurse Jackie NYPD Sgt. Frank Verelli 20 episodes


  1. ^ "UPN: Social Studies Cast Bio - Adam Ferrara". 1997-01-15. Archived from the original on 7 November 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-28. 
  2. ^ "Adam Ferrara Bio | The Grable Group"
  3. ^ "Adam Ferrara in US 'Top Gear 'for History and BBC series - Monsters and Critics". Archived from the original on 24 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-27. 
General citations
  • Adam Ferrara's Engagement to Allie Tyler

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