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Mark Margolis: Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul actor dies at 83

Mark Margolis: Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul actor dies at 83

Veteran Actor Mark Margolis, Famous for Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, Passes Away at 83

Mark Margolis, a well-known actor recognized for his roles in the hit TV series Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, has sadly left us at the age of 83, as confirmed by his family.

Margolis gained widespread recognition for portraying Hector Salamanca in both of these series, where he brilliantly depicted a member of a drug cartel confined to a wheelchair after suffering a stroke.

Tragically, he breathed his last in a hospital located in New York City on Thursday, following a brief illness, as disclosed by his son in a statement.

The acclaimed actor’s credits extend beyond television, encompassing notable films such as Scarface, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, and the HBO series Oz.

In his Emmy-nominated role as Salamanca, Margolis delivered a remarkable performance as a fiercely violent gangster who communicated solely through a bell and facial expressions, due to his inability to speak.

Paying tribute to this remarkable actor, the Breaking Bad Facebook page expressed, “We, along with millions of fans, mourn the loss of the immensely talented Mark Margolis, who, with his expressive eyes, a simple bell, and minimal words, transformed Hector Salamanca into one of television’s most unforgettable characters in history. He will be deeply missed.”

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Mr. Margolis had an illustrious career that spanned over five decades, leaving his mark in films such as Going in Style, Dressed to Kill, and Arthur. His talents were also sought after by director Darren Aronofsky, who cast him in six of his films.

In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, he humbly stated, “I am just a journeyman actor.” Margolis made his way to New York at a young age and honed his craft under the guidance of renowned acting coach Stella Adler.

Despite accumulating more than 70 film credits over his career, he candidly admitted facing challenges as a performer in his early years. “To be honest, six months after Scarface, I had to take a job with a friend in real estate development for a few months just to make ends meet,” he recounted.

The inspiration for the iconic Salamanca character partially stemmed from Margolis’ mother-in-law, who, like Salamanca, also lost her ability to speak following a stroke. “Her expressions fascinated me. She couldn’t talk, but when we entered her room, her face lit up, and her lips would contort in a peculiar way, almost like she was chewing tobacco. I borrowed that,” Margolis shared.

Reflecting on his acting journey, he told Time magazine in 2013 that he relished the challenge of conveying emotions without words. “It was a wonderful experience! Not having lines to memorize didn’t bother me,” he remarked. “I needed to understand the context, my cues, but the relief of not having to memorize lines was fantastic. I could fly out to New Mexico and concentrate on my performance without the burden of memorization.”

His colleagues also expressed their grief and paid heartfelt tributes online. “Mark’s presence on set always brought a smile to my face,” wrote writer Thomas Schnauz, who collaborated with Margolis on both Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. “Sending my love to his family and numerous friends,” he added.

Peter Gould, one of the co-creators of Better Call Saul, tweeted, “The news of Mark Margolis’ passing devastates me. Mark was a genius, humorous, a captivating storyteller. I already miss him.”

The entertainment industry has truly lost a remarkable talent whose performances will continue to resonate for years to come.


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