Breaking Bad Star Has Died

Mark Margolis Dead: Breaking Bad and Scarface actor Mark Margolis has died at the age of 83.

A Breaking Bad star has died. 

Breaking Bad is an American crime drama TV series that follows an underpaid and dispirited chemistry teacher who has been diagnosed with stage-three lung cancer.

He ends up turning to a life of crime to secure his family’s financial future before he dies.

It has become one of the most critically acclaimed TV shows of all time.

But sadly, one of its stars has passed away.

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Mark Margolis, 83, had an incredible career that spanned film, television, and stage since the 1970s.

He was best known as the unforgettable Alberto ‘The Shadow’ in Scarface or as the iconic Hector ‘Tio’ Salamanca in Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul.

He had an undeniable presence that left a mark on every role he took on.

The news of his passing has hit hard, and his son, Morgan Margolis, has shared that he had been dealing with a short illness before his passing.

Robert Kolker, Margolis’s manager, said in a statement: “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.”

Born in Philadelphia in November 1939, Margolis had a deep passion for acting from a young age.

Mark Margolis in Breaking Bad.
Breaking Bad and Scarface actor Mark Margolis has died at the age of 83. Credit: AMC

He made his way to New York City to chase his dream, studying under legends like Stella Adler, Lee Strasberg, and Barbara Loden.

He also had a stint in the theatre world, where he earned major roles in productions like Infidel Caesar on Broadway.

In the world of television, Mark was a force to be reckoned with, bagging an Emmy nomination for his mesmerising portrayal of Salamanca in Breaking Bad.

He also made appearances on popular shows like The Equalizer, Oz, American Horror Story: Asylum, and many more.

But that’s not all – Margolis’ film career was equally impressive, spanning over forty years with more than seventy films under his belt.

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He’s forever etched in our minds as ‘The Shadow’ in Scarface and as a recurring face in Darren Aronofsky’s films, including Black Swan, The Wrestler, and Pi.

Throughout his career, Margolis received numerous accolades, including nominations for Saturn, Gold Derby, and Online Film & Television Association Awards.

A dedicated actor, he credited his ability to play Tio Salamanca to his personal experience caring for a family member who suffered a similar fate after a paralysing stroke.

Margolis’ legacy will live on through his wife Jacqueline, his son Morgan, and his grandsons, Ben, Aidan, and Henry.

The actor’s family is planning a private memorial and funeral to honour his memory.

The family suggests making donations to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, a cause close to their hearts.

We may have lost a true acting genius, but his performances will continue to captivate us for generations to come.

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Written by Cal Gaunt

Cal is a former content editor at IGV who specialised in writing trending and entertainment news. He previously worked as a news reporter at the Lancashire Telegraph and earned an NCTJ in Sports Journalism.