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Iconic Actor Mark Margolis, Known for “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul,” Passes Away at 83 – His Son Confirms

The entertainment industry mourns the loss of a remarkable talent as Mark Margolis, acclaimed for his memorable portrayals in Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, sadly passed away at the age of 83. The news of his departure was announced by his son, Morgan Margolis.

Margolis left an indelible mark on the television universe created by Vince Gilligan, with his portrayal of the enigmatic and menacing Hector Salamanca. As the former drug kingpin whose presence lingers over the Albuquerque meth trade from his nursing home, Margolis brought depth and intensity to a character with minimal dialogue. His performance was so impactful that he garnered an Emmy nomination for his role in “Breaking Bad” in 2012.

Iconic Actor Mark Margolis, Known for "Breaking Bad" and "Better Call Saul," Passes Away at 83 - His Son Confirms
Mark portraying as Hector Tio Salamanca in Breaking Bad

Notably, Margolis reprised his role as Hector “Tío” Salamanca in the prequel series “Better Call Saul,” a show that delved deeper into the character’s intricate backstory. Throughout five seasons of the series, Margolis continued to captivate audiences with his compelling performance.

Born in Philadelphia in 1939, Margolis pursued his passion for acting by relocating to New York at a young age. His early interest in theater led him to participate in numerous Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, including “Infidel Caesar,” “Uncle Sam,” and “The Golem.”

Margolis made his breakthrough in Brian De Palma’s iconic film “Scarface,” where he portrayed the villainous bodyguard Alberto, also known as The Shadow. His collaboration with filmmaker Darren Aronofsky brought him roles in notable films like “Noah,” “Black Swan,” “The Wrestler,” and “Pi,” amassing a remarkable filmography with over 70 credits spanning five decades.

In addition to his iconic roles in “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul,” Margolis made his mark in various television series. His recurring roles in shows like “The Equalizer,” “Oz,” “Kings,” and “American Horror Story: Asylum” showcased his versatility. He also guest-starred in series such as “Californication,” “Gotham,” “Crossing Jordan,” and “The Affair.”

Mark Margolis’ manager, Robert Kolker, paid tribute to the actor by saying, “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.”

As Breaking Bad fans, colleagues, and the industry reflect on the legacy of Mark Margolis, his powerful performances and unparalleled talent continue to resonate, leaving an enduring impact on the world of entertainment.

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