‘Mischievous character and curious mind’: ‘Breaking Bad’ star Mark Margolis dies
Actor Mark Margolis died August 3 at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital after a short illness, according to son Morgan Margolis. He is 83 years old. DW writes about it.
Margolis had a breakthrough role as a mobster in the 1983 film Scarface.
However, he is best remembered for his role as Hector Salamanca on Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul.
Salamanca was a ruthless, elderly gang leader who was unable to speak or walk. He communicated with menacing facial expressions and ringing a bell attached to his wheelchair.
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In 2012, Margolis was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor for his role as Salamanca.
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On social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, the Breaking Bad account wrote that Margolis has turned Salamanca into one of TV’s “most unforgettable” characters.
Breaking Bad co-star Bryan Cranston shared his condolences on Instagram calling Margolis “fun and good off set and very intimidating on set.”
“His calm energy belied his mischievous nature and curious mind,” Cranston wrote.
Peter Gould, writer and producer of Breaking Bad, said that Margolis was “a brilliant, funny storyteller with a million stories.”
Margolis was born in Philadelphia on the East Coast of the United States in 1939.
He studied acting in New York City with renowned teacher Stella Adler and focused on the stage early in his career.
Margolis has appeared in dozens of shows both on and off Broadway, including at the Public Theater in New York.
His big-screen roles include some 70 films, most recently in Matthew Coppola’s 2022 film The Broken Soldier, starring Sophie Turner and the late Ray Liotta.
He has also appeared in several critically acclaimed films directed by Darren Aronofsky, including Pi and Requiem for a Dream.
Margolis is survived by his wife, Jacqueline Margolis, with whom they lived for 61 years, and son Morgan. The family plans to have a private memorial and funeral.
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