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Character actor Jon Polito dead at 65

French former prime minister Lionel Jospin (left), and his wife Sylviane Agacinski attend the funeral ceremony of French fashion designer Sonia Rykiel on Sept 1, at the Montparnasse cemetery in Paris. Sonia Rykiel, the influential French designer who helped shape the contemporary woman’s wardrobe, died on Aug 25, 2016 at the age of 86 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. (AFP)
French former prime minister Lionel Jospin (left), and his wife Sylviane Agacinski attend the funeral ceremony of French fashion designer Sonia Rykiel on Sept 1, at the Montparnasse cemetery in Paris. Sonia Rykiel, the influential French designer who helped shape the contemporary woman’s wardrobe, died on Aug 25, 2016 at the age of 86 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. (AFP)

LOS ANGELES, Sept 3, (AP): Jon Polito, the prolific and raspy-voiced character actor whose more than 200 credits ranged from “Homicide: Life on the Street” and “Modern Family” to the Coen Brother films “Barton Fink” and “The Big Lebowski”, has died. Polito died Thursday at City of Hope Hospital in Duarte. California, according to his manager, Maryellen Mulcahy. Polito was 65 and was being treated for multiple myeloma, Mulcahy told The Associated Press on Friday. He is survived by his partner, Darryl Armbruster.

A native of Philadelphia and graduate of Villanova University, the short, mustachioed Polito had loved movies and television since childhood and was inspired by the over-the-top acting he first spotted in old horror films and melodramas. With no pretentions to being a leading man, he became one of the busiest TV and movie actors of the past three decades, averaging several projects a year since the mid-1980s. He worked in crime stories (“Homicide: Life on the Street”, “The Gangster Chronicles”), drama (“Flags of Our Fathers”), comedies (“The Freshman”, “Modern Family”) and in the Coens’ genre-defying projects. He also was a award-winning stage actor, winning an Obie in 1980 for his performances with two different theater companies.

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