Breaking Bad Star Mark Margolis Has Died


Mark Margolis, the renowned actor celebrated for his roles in Scarface and Breaking Bad, passed away in New York City at the age of 83. The news was confirmed by his son, Morgan Margolis, the CEO of Knitting Factory Entertainment, who revealed that his father succumbed to a brief illness at Mt. Sinai Hospital.

Born on November 26, 1939, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Mark Margolis displayed an early passion for acting. He briefly attended Temple University before relocating to New York City to pursue his dream. Under the mentorship of esteemed acting instructors like Stella Adler, Lee Strasberg, and Barbara Loden, Margolis honed his craft, making his mark on stage, television, and film since the 1970s.

His most iconic role was as Alberto “The Shadow” in the classic film Scarface. Additionally, he captivated audiences with his portrayal of Hector “Tio” Salamanca in the TV series Breaking Bad and its prequel Better Call Saul.

Survived by his wife, Jacqueline Margolis, with whom he shared 61 years of marriage, and his son Morgan Margolis and family, Mark Margolis left behind a legacy that touched countless lives in the entertainment industry. His brother, Jerome, and wife, Ann Margolis, also survive him.

Throughout his illustrious career, Mark Margolis remained committed to his craft, impressing critics and viewers alike with his performances. He received an Emmy nomination for his role as Tio Salamanca, the speechless and paralyzed former drug kingpin. Margolis later reprised this character in Better Call Saul, earning him further acclaim and recognition.

Beyond his television success, Margolis excelled in theater, where he embraced significant roles in Off-Broadway productions, including Uncle Sam and The Golem. While he focused more on film and TV over time, Margolis never abandoned his love for theater and participated in various stage productions.

In his cinematic journey, Margolis graced over seventy films, collaborating with esteemed directors and stars. He shined in Darren Aronofsky’s movies like Noah, Black Swan, The Wrestler, and Pi, considering the latter among his favorites. His performances in various productions, such as The Thomas Crown Affair, Gone Baby Gone, and Stand Up Guys, further solidified his status as a versatile and talented actor.

Mark Margolis’s commitment to his craft extended beyond the spotlight. He conducted acting workshops for aspiring young actors in New York City and remained a lifetime member of the esteemed Actors Studio.

Robert Kolker, his manager and close friend, paid tribute, saying, “He was one of a kind. We won’t see his likes again. He was a treasured client and a lifelong friend. I was lucky to know him.”

In honor of his memory, the family requested donations to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in lieu of flowers. They plan to hold a private memorial and funeral to celebrate the life of this exceptional actor, whose presence and talent enriched the entertainment world in immeasurable ways.



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