'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' actor Brian Tarantina, 60, found dead on couch at his Manhattan apartment
'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' actor Brian Tarantina was found dead at his Manhattan apartment on Saturday, November 2. He was 60.
Brian's niece found him unresponsive on a couch at his home in Hell's Kitchen at 12.30 am. A report by TMZ said the police and paramedics, on arriving at the scene, found "white powdery substance near his body".
The NYPD released a statement that read: "On Saturday, November 2, 2019, at approximately 0040 hours, police responded to a 911 call of an unconscious male inside of 353 West 51 Street, apartment 11, within the confines of the Midtown North Precinct".
"Upon arrival, officers observed a 60-year-old male, unconscious and unresponsive, fully-clothed, on his couch. EMS responded to the location and pronounced the aided male deceased at the scene (his residence). The Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death and the investigation remains ongoing", the statement added.
According to his representative who spoke to People, Tarantina had been ill lately. "He was recently in the hospital and was in the process of recuperating from what I believe to be a heart-related issue."
"I have known him for years. He was an amazing, very, very talented actor and very sweet person," his manager, Laurie Smith said. "I was really shocked and very sad. I'm still shocked".
The actor was known for playing Jackie in 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.'
People reported that he was part of the cast when the hit Amazon series won the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) award for 'Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series earlier this year.
His last big-screen project was in Berloff's gangster drama 'The Kitchen' alongside Melissa McCarthy, Elisabeth Moss, and Tiffany Haddish, which came out in August. He also essayed the role of Officer Clay Mulaney in 'BlacKkKlansman', the Ron Stallworth biopic.
Tarantina's first big work was playing E. Roger Coswell, John Candy's onscreen bowling pal, in John Hughes' 1989 comedy 'Uncle Buck'. His other prominent works include 'Gilmore Girls', 'Summer of Sam', 'Donnie Brasco', 'The Jerky Boys', 'Carlito's Way', 'Jacob's Ladder', 'The Cotton Club', and 'One Life to Live.'