You may not know the name, but you have seen the face in SO many great movies and television shows.
Jon Polito, best known for his role in The Big Lebowski, has died. He was 65 years old.
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The immensely talented character actor was perhaps most commonly regarded in the film world for his contributions to various Coen brothers films, including the aforementioned Lebowski, as well as Miller's Crossing, and Barton Fink.
John McNaughton, a director who worked with Polito on the TV show Homicide: Life on the Street, revealed the news on his Facebook page early Friday morning, sharing that his dear friend and collaborator had passed on.
McNaughton wrote, in part:
"Very sad to learn that my dear friend and collaborator, Jon Polito has passed away … He appeared in over 100 films, countless TV episodes and on Broadway. Jon was a born actor and will be deeply missed by his legion of friends, fans, family and of course his long time partner, Darryl Armbruster to whom I send my condolences. R.I.P. old pal."
In addition to his film work, Polito was a longtime veteran of television, most recently appearing in several episodes of Modern Family while also having shown his talents on Murder In The First, Major Crimes, Castle, American Dad, It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, and many more.
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A cause of death has not yet been reported, but it does not appear that Polito was gravely ill or expecting a downturn; he had just landed a role in The Maestro, a film currently in pre-production.
As McNaughton noted, Polito had been with his partner, fellow actor Darryl Armbruster, for the last 16 years. Our most sincere condolences to Armbruster, McNaughton, and all other family, friends, and loved ones of Mr. Polito.
[Image via Working Title Films.]
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