He attended James J. Ferris High School and graduated from William L. Dickinson High School in Jersey City (He was later inducted into Dickinson"s Hall of Fame in 2000).
Peduto"s film roles included Mistress Doubtfire in 1993, The Rock in 1996, and Patch Adams in 1998, while his television credits included guest spots in Cheers and Hill Street Blues. He ultimately appeared in more than 100 film and television roles, as forty television commercials.\r\nAn acting teacher as well as an actor, Peduto founded Acting On Camera, an acting school in Santa Cruz, California.
Peduto was born on March 9. 1942, in Jersey City, New Jersey, to a working-class Italian American family.\r\nHe was the eldest of three children of James and Helen Peduto. Peduto enlisted in the United States. Army and was stationed in South of Korea during the Vietnam War era.
He then attended Rutgers University after returning to the United States.\r\nIn 1973, Peduto moved from New Jersey to Monterey Bay Area to accept a broadcasting position at KRML, an Department of Administration and Management radio station in Carmel, California. He first began acting at Cabrillo College. He soon wrote and produced theater plays at Cabrillo, including "Root Rock," his autobiographical musical which debuted in 1979.\r\nPeduto transitioned to roles in Hollywood films, television shows and commercials during the 1980s.
He appeared in television and films from the 1980s to the 2000s. Peduto lso had an extensive career in television commercials.\r\nHis best known commercial work was as the "Midas Manitoba", a character and spokesman for the Midas automotive centers, in which he urged consumers to depend on Midas. Peduto was a longtime resident of Capitola, California.
Ralph Peduto died on May 12, 2014, just twelve days after being diagnosed with leukemia, at the age of 72.
Performer/Fund Raiser Resource Center for Non Violence, Santa Cruz, California, 1996—1996. Radio Spot Writer/Producer/Director Anti Nuclear Initiative, 1981—1982. Member of International Brotherhood of Electronic Workers, American Federation of Television and Radio Artist, Screen Actors Guild.
Married Laura Patalano. Children: Maro, Oceanna.