Mark Margolis

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Mark Margolis
Born (1939-11-26) November 26, 1939 (age 76)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Alma mater Temple University
Actors Studio
Occupation Actor
Years active 1959–present
Spouse(s) Jacqueline Margolis (?-present) (1 child)
Children Morgan H. Margolis (b. 1966)

Mark Margolis (born November 26, 1939) is an American actor.[1] He has been recently known for his Emmy-nominated performance as Héctor "Tio" Salamanca in Breaking Bad despite the fact that his character regularly has no dialogue in the series.

Life and career[edit]

Margolis was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to a Jewish immigrant family from Europe.[2] He went to Temple University briefly before moving to New York City, where he studied drama with Stella Adler and at the Actors Studio. He is noted for his supporting roles in Scarface[1] and the films of Darren Aronofsky: π, Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain, The Wrestler, Black Swan and Noah. Aronofsky wrote the role of Father Avila in The Fountain specifically for Margolis.[citation needed]

He has had recurring roles on numerous TV shows, including The Equalizer, Quantum Leap, Oz, Law & Order, Crossing Jordan, Californication, and Breaking Bad.[3] For his role in Breaking Bad, Margolis received a nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series.[4]

In 1991, he played Helmut Dieter in soap opera Santa Barbara.

Margolis is also a stage actor, appearing as Gus in Tony Kushner's The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures in the Berkeley Repertory Theater's 2014 season. In January 2015 he portrayed Felix Faust in the Constantine episode Quid Pro Quo.[5]


Year Title Role Notes
1976 The Opening of Misty Beethoven Unhappy man Uncredited
1979 Going in Style Prison Guard
1980 Dressed to Kill Patient Uncredited
1983 Eddie Macon's Run Bartender Uncredited
1983 Scarface Alberto
1984 The Cotton Club Charlie Workman
1987 The Bedroom Window Main in Phone Booth
1987 The Secret of My Succe$s Maintenance Man
1989 Glory 10th Connecticut Soldier
1990 Star Trek: The Next Generation Dr. Nel Apgar (TV series, 1 episode: "A Matter of Perspective")
1990 Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection Gen. Olmedo
1990 Tales from the Darkside: The Movie Gage
1990 Columbo Cosner (TV series, 1 episode: "Columbo Cries Wolf")
1991 The Pit and the Pendulum Mendoza
1992 1492: Conquest of Paradise Francisco de Bobadilla
1993 Bad Girl The bartender Madonna music video.
1994 Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Mr. Shickadance
1994 Squanto: A Warrior's Tale Captain Thomas Hunt
1996 I Shot Andy Warhol Louis Solanas
1996 The Pallbearer Philip DeMarco
1997 Absolute Power Red Brandsford
1997 Trouble on the Corner Mr. Borofsky
1998 Side Streets Bartender
1998 π Sol Robeson
1998–2003 Oz Antonio Nappa (TV series, 10 episodes)
1999 Mickey Blue Eyes Gene Morgansen
1999 Flawless Vinnie
1999 Jakob the Liar Fajngold
1999 The Thomas Crown Affair Heinrich Knutzhorn
1999 End of Days Pope
2000 Fast Food, Fast Women Graham
2000 Dinner Rush Fitzgerald
2000 Requiem for a Dream Mr. Rabinowitz
2001 Hardball Fink
2001 The Tailor of Panama Rafi Domingo
2001 Boss of Bosses Joseph Armone
2001 Hannibal Perfume Expert
2002 Infested Father Morning
2003 Daredevil Fallon
2004 House of D Mr. Pappass
2005 Stay Business Man
2005 Headspace Boris Pavlovsky
2006 The Fountain Father Avila
2007 Gone Baby Gone Leon Trett
2007 Californication Al Moody (TV series, 1 episode: "California Son")
2008 Defiance Jewish Elder
2008 Haber Bremer
2008 The Wrestler Lenny
2008 The Model Maker The Model Maker
2009–2011 Breaking Bad Héctor "Tio" Salamanca (TV series, 8 episodes)
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Guest Starring Role on Television
2010 Black Swan Mr. Fithian
2011 Immortals The New Priest
2011 One Fall Walter Grigg Sr.
2011 Mildred Pierce Mr. Chris (TV miniseries, 2 episodes)
2011–2012 Person of Interest Gianni Morretti (TV series, 3 episodes)
2011 The Good Wife Father Jim (TV series, 1 episode: "Death Row Tip")
2011 The Courier Stitch
2012 American Horror Story: Asylum Sam Goodman (TV miniseries, 3 episodes)
2012 Stand Up Guys Claphands
2013 Beneath Mr. Parks
2014 Noah Magog
2015 Constantine Felix Faust
2015 Nasty Baby
2015 Gotham Paul Cicero
2015 Elementary Abraham Misraki (TV series, 1 episode: "T-Bone and the Iceman")
2015 12 Monkeys Mr. Werner
2015 Benders Paul's Grandfather
2015 The Affair Noah's Father (TV series, 1 episode: "204")


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