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Author: Unknown
Source: Associated Press
Date | Issue: 10/26/1990 | NA
Topic: Jonathan Halyalkar
Submitted by: Listner

Chance Encounter Got Halyalkar the Role

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A chance encounter in a dry cleaning shop landed a starring role in ABC-TV's "Who's The Boss?" for a 5-year-old New Jersey boy. "When I found out I got the role, I was so excited that I could have exploded," says Jonathan Halyalkar of Ramsey.

Jonathan has been filming episodes in California since July, accompanied by his mother, Carolyn.

He plays Billy a foster child of TV characters Tony Micelli and Angela Bower, played by Tony Danza and Judith Light.

Jonathan was discovered one and a half years ago in the dry cleaners by the husband of a New Jersey talent agent.

His mother was dropping off clothes when Jonathan struck up a conversation with the man, who was impressed and told his wife.

"I learn my lines fast, but I don't know why," the pre-schooler says "Working with Tony Danza is a piece of cake.

Jonathan's character was written into the popular sitcom after Alyssa Milano, who has played Danza's TV daughter since the show aired in 1984, announced this would be her last season.