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Iconic Actor Mark Margolis, Beloved for His Menacing Role in ‘Breaking Bad,’ Passes Away at 83

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Mark Margolis, the renowned actor known for his iconic portrayal of the menacing and bell-ringing Hector Salamanca in the hit series “Breaking Bad” and its prequel “Better Call Saul,” passed away on Thursday at the age of 83. The sad news was announced by his son, Morgan Margolis.

Mark Margolis made an indelible impact on the Vince Gilligan television universe, despite having minimal dialogue as the former drug kingpin who still wielded influence over the Albuquerque meth trade from his nursing home. In recognition of his outstanding performance, he was nominated for an Emmy in 2012 for his role in “Breaking Bad.” His captivating portrayal continued in “Better Call Saul,” where he brought depth to the character of Hector “Tío” Salamanca and enriched the show’s narrative with a compelling backstory.

Born in Philadelphia in 1939, Margolis moved to New York at a young age to pursue his passion for acting. He developed his craft in the theater and secured roles in various productions, including the Broadway play “Infidel Caesar.” Over the years, he became a prominent figure in Off-Broadway plays, notably featuring in works such as “Uncle Sam” and “The Golem.”

Margolis rose to fame with his breakthrough film role as the villain and bodyguard Alberto, also known as The Shadow, in Brian De Palma’s classic mob film “Scarface.” Throughout his illustrious career, he collaborated with director Darren Aronofsky on multiple projects, including “Noah,” “Black Swan,” “The Wrestler,” and “Pi.” With over 70 film credits spanning five decades, his contribution to the entertainment industry was truly remarkable.

In addition to his work on “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul,” Margolis appeared in various television series, holding recurring roles in shows such as “The Equalizer,” “Oz,” “Kings,” and “American Horror Story: Asylum.” He also made guest appearances on popular series like “Californication,” “Gotham,” “Crossing Jordan,” and “The Affair.” His manager, Robert Kolker, paid tribute to him, describing Mark as a one-of-a-kind talent and a treasured client who became a lifelong friend.

The news of Margolis’s passing has left the entertainment community in mourning. Peter Gould, co-creator and showrunner of “Better Call Saul,” expressed his devastation on Twitter, praising Margolis as brilliant, humorous, and a captivating storyteller. Thomas Schnauz, a writer and producer on “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul,” also shared his sorrow on Twitter, recalling the joy and laughter Mark brought to the set and sending his heartfelt condolences to Margolis’s family and countless friends.

Mark Margolis leaves behind a lasting legacy as an exceptional actor whose talent and presence on screen will be dearly missed.

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