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Mark Margolis, a veteran actor best known for his roles in “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul,” has died, according to his son, actor, and Knitting Factory Entertainment CEO Morgan Margolis.
According to his son, Margolis died Thursday at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. He had been sick for a short time. 83 years old.
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In 2012, Margolis was nominated for an Emmy for his role as Hector “Tio” Salamanca on “Breaking Bad.” Tio, a fan-favorite character, used a brass bell attached to his wheelchair to talk. He used to be a cartel enforcer. In the prequel show “Better Call Saul,” he played Tio when he was younger and not in a wheelchair.
“What a wonderful creature! “I didn’t care that he didn’t say anything,” Margolis told Time 2013 about the role. “I was glad I didn’t have to remember any lines. I had to know what was happening and where to go, but it was great that I didn’t have to memorize lines. I got to go to New Mexico without having to remember anything.”
Margolis has been in a lot of movies since 1976, including “Scarface,” “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,” and “Oz.” He did much work with director Darren Aronofsky and was in six of his films.
At The Actors Studio in New York, the famous acting teacher Stella Adler taught the actor how to act.
Even though he had been in more than 100 movies and TV shows, Margolis was surprised by how well his role as Tio held up over time.
“I can’t walk 50 feet down the street without being asked to take a picture or sign something! In the same 2013 interview, he said, “I was only supposed to be on for one episode.” “After the second season, I didn’t know anyone who watched the show, but after the third season, it just took off.”
Margolis was best known for playing bad guys, but people said he was funny and made fun of himself.
“Every day, I get stopped by three guys who only know me from the movie “Scarface.” I always say, “Oh my God, you’re talking about something from 30 years ago,” Margolis told Vulture in 2016. “I’m a grump, and I get into fights with people over these things. I should stop talking. It makes you feel like you’ve been put out to pasture. Even though it shouldn’t hurt, I’m a little bit off. Most likely, the word is “uncertain.”
When he was hired to be in an Apple watch app commercial, Margolis made a joke about being known for his “Breaking Bad” bell-ringing skills.
“I don’t do too many ads. I didn’t know why anyone wanted me, and then Margolis told Vulture, “The thing is called Dingbel, and it rings a bell.” “I tell people that I’m the second most famous bell ringer after Quasimodo. Quasimodo and I are doing it.”
But Margolis also knew how much fun it was to act. Last year, he told his “Better Call Saul” co-star Jonathan Banks, “The great thing about what I do is that I used to be so shy I didn’t even talk and was closed off. It sets me free. It gives me things and lets me do things I’d never be able to do otherwise. I like it.”
Margolis’s wife, Jacqueline, his son, and several grandchildren are the only people who will remember him.