Mark Margolis from ‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘Better Call Saul’ Dies at 83

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Mark Margolis, better known for playing Hector Salamanca on both series has died at the age of 83. In a statement by his son, Morgan H. Margolis, the actor passed away in Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City on Thursday after a short illness. 

His performance in Breaking Bad saw Mark Morglis nominated for an Emmy Award in 2012. In an acting career, spanning 5 decades, the actor has been a part of multiple blockbuster movies and television shows. He recently played the role of Carmine Conti in ‘Your Honor’ (2023).

Mark Margolis in Better Call Saul

Mark Margolis (1939-2023)

Mark was born into a Jewish family in Philadelphia. He dropped out of Temple University and moved to New York City to kickstart his acting career. When he was 19 he studied under the famous acting coach, Stella Adler at Actors Studio. 

‘The Opening of Misty Beethoven’ was Mark Margolis’ first ever film. He has also played supporting roles in ‘Scarface’ (1983) and ‘Ace Ventura: Pet Detective’ (1994). Mark was a regular in the movies of Darren Aronofsky. He has appeared in 6 movies by the director, Pi (1998) Requiem for a Dream (2000), The Fountain (2006), The Wrestler (2008), Black Swan (2010), and Noah (2014).

Mark Margolis in Breaking Bad

Apart from films, Mark Margolis also has been a part of many TV shows. He made his television debut in ‘The Equalizer’ (1985-1989). Mark was also a part of the Stark Trek series, playing the role of Dr. Nel Apgar in ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ (1990).

The best of Mark Margolis came as Hector Salamanca in ‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘Better Call Saul’. He is well known for his role as a drug cartel member, especially when he was restricted to a wheelchair, after suffering a stroke in the series.

Mark in Better Call Saul

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 missed.” said Breaking Bad in a statement. Fans online shared some of the most iconic moments of Mark Margolis from the show. 

Dean Norris who plays Hank Schrader in the show also shared his condolences online. ‘So sad to hear Mark Margolis has died. A phenomenal actor. A funny guy. RIP. My thoughts are with his family.’

“Once you lose your scientific rigor you are no longer a mathematician, YOU’RE A NUMEROLOGIST!” MARK MARGOLIS LEGEND! said Director Darren Aronofsky on Twitter

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