(written from a Production point of view)
Starr was born in Queens, New York. An extremely prolific actor, Starr has made well over 100 film and television appearances, often playing gangster types such as his Tony Cicci character.
He has appeared in many other television shows including The Equalizer (with Robert Lansing and Keith Szarabajka), Law & Order, Frasier (starring Kelsey Grammer), The West Wing, Scrubs, House, M.D. (with Jennifer Morrison), Martial Law (with Tom Wright), The Office and CSI: NY and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. He also starred on such series as EZ Streets and Ed, and he had a recurring role as "Big Tough Guy God" on Joan of Arcadia which co-starred Michael Welch, Becky Wahlstrom, and David Burke.
Starr also has an extensive list of films to his credit. He made his film debut with a small role in the 1980 crime thriller Cruising, starring fellow Trek guest actors Paul Sorvino and Richard Cox. He went on to appear in such popular movies as The Natural (1984), Radio Days (1987, with Robert Joy, Kenneth Mars, and Wallace Shawn), the 1986 comedy The Money Pit (with Alan Altshuld and Tzi Ma) as a construction worker, Funny Farm (1988), Lean on Me (1989, with Star Trek: Voyager star Ethan Phillips as well as Tony Todd), Born on the Fourth of July (1989, with Reg E. Cathey, Bob Gunton, Ed Lauter, Mark Moses, Richard Poe, Goodfellas (1990, with Paul Sorvino), Miller's Crossing (1990), The Hudsucker Proxy (1994, with Roy Brocksmith, Bill Cobbs, Christopher Darga, and Noble Willingham), Ed Wood (1994, with Daniel Riordan and Biff Yeager), Dumb & Dumber (1994, with Teri Garr and Charles Rocket), Hoodlum (1997, with Vanessa Williams and Clarence Williams III) Summer of Sam (1998, with John Savage), and Jersey Girl (2004, with Stephen Root). In 2013 in the second season of the NBC drama Chicago Fire. Starr would recur as mob heavy Arthur who would shakedown the owners of Molly's, the bar the firefighters went to off duty. Starr would work alongside TNG recurring performer Michelle Forbes who herself played the equally loathesome financial consultant Gail McLeod. They would work together in "A Power Move", "Defcon 1" and "Joyriding" where Arthur would be arrested in his latest attempt at terrorizing the bar staff.