Commish, The

What the officers at the suburban police station in Eastbridge, New York affectionately called Police Commissioner, Tony Scali (Michael Chiklis ) on the police drama THE COMMISH/ABC/1991-1996.


The portly, balding and easygoing police commissioner was very intelligent (he had a law degree from Fordham University in the Bronx) but very practical when it came to the bad guys.

When given a choice of chasing a criminal or missing a meal, he said, “Chases usually lead to friggin’ injuries…but no one ever got hurt by a bowl of linguini.”

Note: The COMMISH series was based on the real-life police commissioner, Tony Schembri of Rye, New York.


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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