Actor Mark Margolis, 'Breaking Bad,' dies at 83

August 5, 2023
Robert Ayers

Mark Margolis, the actor known for his roles in Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, among others, has died at the age of 83. 

Margolis' death was announced on Friday by his son, Morgan Margolis, the Associated Press reports.

Per the outlet:

The actor died on Thursday at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City following a short illness, according to a statement from his son, Morgan Margolis.

The details of the illness have not been reported. Margolis' family plans to hold a private funeral and memorial for him.

Remembering Margolis

Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Margolis moved to New York early on in his life in order to pursue a career in acting.

Initially, his success came in the theater, where he landed numerous roles in many Broadway and non-Broadway productions. But, then Margolis moved on to the big screen as well as television.

Margolis' breakout film was Scarface, where he played the role of The Shadow, Alberto's villainous bodyguard. By the end of his career, Margolis would have some 70 film credits to his name, including for roles in Noah, Black Swan, The Wrestler, and many more.

Margolis, though, was equally if not more known for his television appearances. This includes appearances in such series as Oz, American Horror Story: Asylum. This also includes, most notably, Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. 

Margolis, in 2012, was nominated for an Emmy for his role as Hector "Tio" Salamanca in Breaking Bad. Salamanca is described by the Associated Press as "the murderous elderly don who was unable to speak following a stroke." The outlet notes that Margolis "did not need dialogue" to communicate, but, rather, used facing expressions and, occasionally, a prop or two.

"One of a kind"

Margolis' longtime manager - Robert Kolker - released a statement following the actor's death.

"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," Kolker said.

Kolker went on to describe who Margolis was when he was not acting.

Kolker said:

Over the years, Mark has not only dazzled audiences with his exceptional performances he was also an incredibly kind man with a great sense of humor who loved his family.

Margolis is survived by a brother and sister, and three grandsons. The family plans a private funeral and requests donations to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in lieu of flowers.

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