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Mark Margolis, ‘Better Call Saul’ And ‘Breaking Bad’ Star Passes Away At 83

Mark Margolis, who played the threatening, bell-ringing Hector Salamanca in the global hit, ‘Breaking Bad’ as well as ‘Better Call Saul’ which is also a part of the Break Bad franchise, passed away at Mt. Sinai Hospital in NYC on Thursday. Margolis was 83. 

The news was announced by Morgan Margolis, his son. 

Margolis has truly left an unforgettable impression on the television universe of Vince Gilligan as the ex-drug kingpin who hovers over the entire meth trade of Albuquerque from his nursing home, and that too without the use of hardly any dialogues. He did receive an Emmy nomination in 2012 for his kickass performance in Breaking Bad. 

And then he was seen again as Hector “Tío” Salamanca in Better Call Saul, the prequel series led by Bob Odenkirk, for five whole seasons, where he incorporated a rich background story into his character. 

Who Was Mark Margolis Beyond The Breaking Bad Franchise? 

Born in Philadelphia in 1939, Margolis was very young when he moved to New York with the hope of becoming an actor. Early in his career, Margolis had a keen interest in theater and landed roles in multiple Broadway productions like Infidel Caesar. He went on to star in over fifty Broadway plays, including The Golem and Uncle Sam. 

His breakout role in the movies began with Brian De Palma’s absolute mob classic, Scarface – Margolis played the role of Alberto, the bodyguard and the villain, A.K.A. The Shadow. Margolis was a collaborator of Darren Aronofsky for a long time and naturally appeared in films like Pi, The Wrestler, Black Swan, and Noah. 

Spanning five decades, Mark’s illustrious career boats more than seventy film credits. Apart from Breaking Bad and its prequel, Margolis also appeared on multiple television shows in recurring roles, including American Horror Story: Asylum, Kings, Oz, and The Equalizer. He also guest-starred on The Affair, Crossing Jordan, Gotham, and Californication. 

Thomas Schnauz, the producer and writer of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, took to Twitter to express grief over Mark’s death, “Incredibly sad news. Mark made me laugh every time we were together on set. I was lucky to have his character Tío walk and talk and teach his nephews a lesson in my very first [episode] of ‘Breaking Bad.’ My love to his family and many, many friends.”

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