'Breaking Bad' actor Mark Margolis dies at 83 - Entertainment News
'Breaking Bad' actor Mark Margolis dies at 83 after battling a short illness. He was best known for his role as Hector 'Tío' Salamanca.
Mark Margolis, the beloved actor known for his role as Hector 'Tío' Salamanca on the hit show 'Breaking Bad', has sadly passed away at the age of 83. His son, Morgan Margolis, confirmed that Mark died at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City after a brief illness.
Mark's portrayal of the wheelchair-bound, bell-ringing drug kingpin earned him an Emmy nomination in 2012. He brought the character to life for five seasons of the spin-off series 'Better Call Saul', alongside Bob Odenkirk. His final role was in Bryan Cranston's Showtime series 'Your Honor', according to his IMDB profile.
In addition to his successful acting career, Mark leaves behind a loving family. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Jacqueline, and their three grandchildren. His son Morgan, who is the CEO of Knitting Factory Entertainment, also mourns the loss of his father.
Mark's talent extended beyond the small screen. He appeared in movies such as 'Ace Ventura: Pet Detective' and 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2'. He was also a notable stage actor, starring as Gus in Tony Kushner's 'The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures' in 2014.
Born in Philadelphia, Mark honed his acting skills under the guidance of Stella Adler at the Actors Studio. His career took off in the mid-1970s, but it was his breakout role as Alberto the Shadow in 1983's 'Scarface' that put him on the map. He later worked with director Darren Aronofsky on several films, including 'Requiem for a Dream', 'The Fountain', 'The Wrestler', 'Black Swan', and 'Noah'.
Mark shared a humorous anecdote about his relationship with Darren, jokingly stating, "He thinks he has an obligation!" He recounted how their collaboration began with the low-budget film 'Pi' and how he had to persistently chase Darren for payment, even threatening to call his mother, who worked on the film's craft services. Eventually, he received his due compensation.
The entertainment industry has lost a talented and beloved actor in Mark Margolis. His contributions to film, television, and stage will be remembered and cherished by fans and colleagues alike. May he rest in peace.