Mark Margolis, actor recognized for ‘Breaking Unhealthy,’ ‘Higher Name Saul’ and ‘Scarface,’ dies at 83


Mark Margolis, the actor greatest recognized for his performances as former drug kingpin Hector Salamanca in “Breaking Unhealthy” and “Higher Name Saul,” in addition to Alberto the Shadow in “Scarface,” has died. He was 83.

Margolis died Thursday at New York Metropolis’s Mt. Sinai Hospital after a brief sickness, his son, Morgan Margolis, stated in a press release to The Occasions.

Born in Philadelphia on Nov. 26, 1939, the actor starred alongside Al Pacino as one of many important antagonists within the Brian De Palma basic “Scarface.” Margolis acquired an Emmy nomination in 2012 for his portrayal of Salamanca within the critically acclaimed TV collection “Breaking Unhealthy” and “Higher Name Saul.”

Margolis studied appearing in New York Metropolis beneath Stella Adler, then Lee Strasberg and Barbara Loden. He acquired his begin within the New York theater scene, showing in additional than 50 off-Broadway productions together with “The Golem” and “Uncle Sam.” Even after TV and movie success, Margolis would return to theater productions periodically “when he couldn’t reside with out them.”

The actor landed his first huge film function in “Scarface” as Alberto the Shadow, a bodyguard and hitman for Paul Shenar’s villainous drug lord, Alejandro Sosa. Margolis’ movie work is famous for his frequent collaboration with Darren Aronofsky, showing within the director’s “Requiem for a Dream,” “Black Swan,” “Pi,” “Noah” and “The Wrestler.”

Margolis debuted as Salamanca in the course of the second season of “Breaking Unhealthy.” Within the collection, his character communicates with others by way of facial cues and a service bell as a consequence of his paralysis. He revisited the function of the vengeful drug impresario within the AMC drama’s prequel collection, “Higher Name Saul.”

Margolis instructed Observer in 2012 that he modeled Salamanca’s distinctive facial actions after his mother-in-law, who had suffered a stroke. “She used to do that little [chewing motion] together with her mouth. She’d do this each time she noticed us come right into a room,” the actor stated.

Of entering into the mentality of a drug cartel chief, Margolis stated, “You don’t play villains like they’re villains. You play them like you already know precisely the place they’re coming from. Which hopefully you do.”

Margolis additionally had recurring components within the spy collection “The Equalizer” and the HBO jail drama “Oz.” Moreover, he guest-starred in “Gotham,” “Particular person of Curiosity” and “American Horror Story: Asylum.” His ultimate tv function was within the Showtime collection “Your Honor,” alongside “Breaking Unhealthy” costar Bryan Cranston.

He’s survived by his spouse, Jacqueline, and son, Morgan.


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