Actor and comedian Adam Ferrara hosts History Channel's Top Gear. / Stuart Pettican / History Channel
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Landing the job as host of History Channel’s Top Gear was bittersweet for actor/comedian Adam Ferrara. “My dad was a big car guy,” the Long Island native, 47, says, who’s coming off a season playing Edie Falco’s love interest on Nurse Jackie. “If you wanted to spend time with my dad, he was working on the car.” . Ferrara, 47. “We found the level of my mechanical ability fairly early: my job was to hold the light.” A few years ago, when Ferrara’s father, Joe, was ill, the two bonded watching clips of the original BBC Top Gear on the Internet.
“I get a lot of stuff on Facebook and Twitter (saying) ‘This is when the entire family sits down to watch TV.’ That’s the connection I had with my dad,” he says. Sadly, it wasn’t until after Ferrara’s father died that he was asked to host the show.