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Mark Margolis, 'Breaking Bad actor, passes away at the age of 83.Mark Margolis, 'Breaking Bad actor, passes away at the age of 83.

Mark Margolis, ‘Breaking Bad actor, passes away at the age of 83.

Publish – 5 aug , 2023

On Thursday, the actor peacefully passed away at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City after a brief illness, as revealed in a statement made by his son, Morgan Margolis.



According to a statement from his son, Morgan Margolis, the actor peacefully departed on Thursday at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, following a brief illness.

Margolis’s exceptional talent was acknowledged with an Emmy nomination in 2012 for his outstanding guest actor portrayal of Hector “Tio” Salamanca in “Breaking Bad.” Despite the character’s inability to speak after a stroke, Margolis conveyed a striking performance through expressive facial gestures and the ominous use of a barhop bell affixed to his wheelchair.

The depth of his character’s story unfolded further in the prequel series “Better Call Saul,” where Margolis made guest appearances from 2016 to 2022. He drew inspiration for his portrayal of the kingpin partly from his own experience caring for a family member who had suffered a stroke.

Mark Margolis, 'Breaking Bad actor, passes away at the age of 83.
Mark Margolis, ‘Breaking Bad actor, passes away at the age of 83. / getty

Mark Margolis, ‘Breaking Bad actor, passes away at the age of 83.

On social media, fans flooded the platforms with scenes featuring Hector, particularly his unforgettable and explosive demise. The official X account of “Breaking Bad” (formerly Twitter) praised Mark Margolis, hailing him as an “immensely talented” actor who transformed Hector Salamanca into one of television’s most enduring characters, relying on his eyes, a bell, and minimal words to create an unforgettable presence.

Bryan Cranston, the star of the show, took to Instagram to shower praise on his co-actor, describing him as fun and engaging off the set, but intimidating and frightening on set, particularly during his roles in “Breaking Bad” and “Your Honor.” Cranston admired Margolis’s quiet energy, which concealed his mischievous nature and inquisitive mind.

Aside from his television success, Margolis earned recognition for his work in the films of Darren Aronofsky, including “Requiem for a Dream,” “The Fountain,” “Noah,” “Black Swan,” “The Wrestler,” and “Pi.” Nevertheless, his breakthrough film role came as the mobster Alberto “The Shadow” in Brian de Palma’s 1983 “Scarface,” where he shared the screen with Al Pacino’s iconic character, Tony Montana, in a memorable confrontation.

Among Margolis’s other notable film roles were appearances in “The Thomas Crown Affair,” “Gone Baby Gone,” “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,” and “Stand Up Guys.”

Born in Philadelphia in 1939, Margolis honed his acting skills under the tutelage of the esteemed teacher Stella Adler in New York City. Reflecting on her influence, Margolis fondly remarked in a 2022 interview, “I used to say, if God is a woman, this is him.”

Mark Margolis, 'Breaking Bad actor, passes away at the age of 83.
Mark Margolis, ‘Breaking Bad actor, passes away at the age of 83. / getty

In the early stages of his career, Mark Margolis focused primarily on stage performances, participating in numerous off-Broadway shows, including appearances at the renowned Public Theater in New York. He also graced Broadway with his talent, starring in the short-lived production “Infidel Caesar,” a unique adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” set in Cuba. Reflecting on the play’s brief run of about four weeks, Margolis mused in a 2022 interview that it was a beautiful production but ahead of its time. Alongside his work in live theater, he went on to establish the touring theater troupe known as Blue Dome.

While Margolis gained widespread recognition for his roles in “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul,” his diverse TV credits extended to include appearances in notable series such as “The Equalizer,” “Oz,” “American Horror Story: Asylum,” “Crossing Jordan,” “Californication,” and “The Affair.” Most recently, he played the role of a Mafia kingpin in five episodes of Showtime’s “Your Honor.”

On the silver screen, Margolis’s talent graced approximately 70 movies, with one of his latest appearances being in Matthew Coppola’s 2022 film “Broken Soldier,” alongside Sophie Turner and the late Ray Liotta.

Mark Margolis is survived by his devoted wife of 61 years, Jacqueline Margolis, and their son Morgan, who serves as the CEO of Knitting Factory Entertainment. The family plans to hold a private memorial and funeral to honor the memory of the esteemed actor.

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