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Jon Polito has passed away

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Damn it, another one gone. While you may not immediately recognize the name, Jon Polito was a great character actor. Sadly he has passed away at the age of 65.

You will probably know him best from the many films he worked on with the Coen BrothersMiller’s Crossing, The Big Lebowski, Barton Fink, The Man Who Wasn’t There, but he starred in over 100 films and featured in numerous TV shows. He appeared as Det. Steve Crosetti in the first two seasons of Homicide: Life on the Street and on the first season of Crime Story and was also a great stage actor.

He worked with directors such as directors Russel Mulcahy, Clint Eastwood, John McNaughton, Tom Hanks, Andrew Bergman, Michael Apted, Ridley Scott, and Tim Burton among others.

His friend, film director John McNaughton, shared the sad news.

Very sad to learn that my dear friend and collaborator, Jon Polito has passed away. John is probably best known for his work in Coen Brothers films, notably Barton Fink, Miller’s Crossing and The Big Lebowski. Jon and I worked together in TV starting with episodes of Homicide: Life on the Street, some pilots and Masters of Horror. 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

What is your favourite memory of Jon Polito?

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