Mark Margolis, an actor best known for Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad, and # 039, passes away at the age of 83.

Mark Margolis, a journeyman actor best known for playing a wild-eyed drug lord on the AMC shows "Breaking Bad" and "Better Call Saul," died.

Mark Margolis was a character actor who played a drug lord in the AMC series “Breaking Bad,” and “Better Call Saul,” . His family and agent confirmed his death on Thursday. He was 83.

His family released a statement stating that he died at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City, after a brief illness. At the time of death, his wife and son were by his side.

Robert Attermann said that Mark’s excellence and his amiable personality have made a lasting impression on all those who were fortunate enough to work with him or know him. “He will be certainly missed.”

Margolis was nominated in 2012 for an Emmy Award as the best guest actor for a drama series for his role on “Breaking Bad”, in which he played Hector Salamanca. Hector is a former Juarez cartel leader who has lost his ability to speak or walk due to a stroke. The character uses a bell attached to his wheelchair to communicate.

He played the same role in “Better Call Saul,” which is a prequel to “Breaking Bad,” set partially in the Albuquerque criminal underworld.


“Breaking Bad” actors Aaron Paul and Mark Margolis, at an Emmy afterparty on Sept. 23, 2012.


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Margolis began his career as an actor in the 1970s, playing small roles in genre movies. He appeared as a henchman on Brian De Palma’s crime epic “Scarface” and in films as diverse as the Civil War Drama “Glory” or “Ace Ventura, Pet Detective.”

He appeared in many films by director Darren Aronofsky including “Pi,” Requiem for a Dream,” The Fountain,” The Wrestler,” Black Swan,” and “Noah.”

Margolis gained wider attention with his role as a Sicilian gangster infected by HIV in “Oz”, a brutal prison drama on HBO. He acted in 10 episodes.

His role in “Breaking Bad”, however, cemented his place in the public’s consciousness. He was a key antagonist of the series and a villain that managed to be menacing even without saying a word.

Margolis said to The Hollywood Reporter that she was only on ‘Breaking Bad’ for one episode. But there is no accounting for taste and fans liked her. Someone asked me recently: ‘How on earth did you manage to portray such a terrible guy?’ “Have you spoken to my friends?” I asked. They will tell you that I am pretty miserable.

Hector Salamanca, in the explosive finale to the fourth season of ‘Breaking Bad’, exacts revenge against his nemesis Gustavo “Gus Fring” (Giancarlo Esposito) by using a bomb that is hidden under his wheel chair. Margolis was stunned by Vince Gilligan’s exacting vision.

Margolis said in the same interview that “Vince was the Einstein Monster of television writing.” “He’s both Frankenstein and Einstein. He’s so unexpected; he is unlike anyone else I have ever met in the world of film or television.

Margolis, a Jewish boy from Philadelphia, was born on November 26, 1939. He began to focus on acting at an early age and studied under one of the best-known acting teachers of 20th century.

Margolis said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that she was “trained by Stella Adler – one of the most famous teachers in the world”. “I was only 19 and she scared me to death. “I was her houseboy for some time.”

Margolis is a prolific television actor who has appeared on “Quantum Leap”, “Star Trek: The Next Generation”, “Law & Order”, “Sex and the City”, “The Good Wife”, “The Blacklist”, and dozens more shows.

Margolis, in a 2012 interview with the Forward (a publication focusing on the Jewish American Community), was asked why he had remained so successful.

He replied, “I believe I do decent work.” “I’m not a troublemaker and I’m a unique person to begin with. Many people will come up to say that I’m a wonderful character actor. “But I’m not character actor. I’m a strange-looking romantic lead.”

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