Breaking Bad actor Mark Margolis (Hector salamanca) dies aged 83

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Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul actor, dies at 83

Mark Margolis, an Emmy-nominated actor who portrayed a drug lord on the popular television shows “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul,” has passed away, according to his son and his representative, who confirmed the news to CBS News on Friday. He was 83.

After a brief illness, Margolis passed away on Thursday at a hospital in New York City, according to a statement from his son Morgan Margolis. According to the statement, Morgan Margolis and the actor’s wife of 61 years, Jacqueline Margolis, were by his side when he passed away at Mount Sinai Hospital.


Robert Kolker, Margolis’ manager since 2007, referred to the actor as a “lifelong friend.”


He was unique, according to a statement from Kolker. We won’t ever see somebody like him again. I had the fortune to meet him.

Margolis was nominated for an Emmy in 2012 for his portrayal of the ruthless cartel leader Hector “Tio” Salamanca on “Breaking Bad,” who used a bell to communicate after having a stroke and was unable to speak. Margolis claimed that parts of the characteristics in his performance were inspired by his mother-in-law, who suffered a stroke, and that the role also used a wheelchair.

He played the part again in “Better Call Saul” in 2016 as a guest star for several seasons after “Breaking Bad” came to a close.

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Margolis’ passing was lamented by “Breaking Bad” on social media.

The show posted a statement on Facebook saying, “We join millions of fans in mourning the passing of the immensely talented Mark Margolis, who – with his eyes, a bell, and very few words – turned Hector Salamanca into one of the most unforgettable characters in the history of television.” “He will be sorely missed.”

In the 1983 film “Scarface,” Margolis had his breakthrough performance as the hitman Alberto “The Shadow.”

In his long acting career, he went on to play a range of sinister roles, from the landlord of Jim Carrey’s title character in “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” in 1994 to a cameo as a gangster in the CBS series “Person of Interest” in the early 2010s.

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