Veteran character actor Jon Polito – best remembered for appearances in the Coen Brothers’ films and the first two seasons of Homicide: Life On The Street – has passed away. He was 65.
In a career that spanned theater, film and television across more than three decades, Polito racked up an impressive list of credits. From the NBC miniseries The Gangster Chronicles in 1981 to ABC’s O’Hara in 1987, Coen Brothers film Barton Fink in 1991, Homicide: Life On The Street in 1993, through to a recurring role as Judge Dominick Ventimiglia on TNT’s legal drama Raising The Bar in 2009.
More recently, Polito guest starred on TNT’s The Closer spin-off Major Crimes during the current fifth season. His other notable television credits include: Millennium, Seinfeld, Becker, Dragnet, Homicide: The Movie, The Pretender, Becker, Scrubs, Judging Amy, The Chronicle, Crossing Jordan, Gilmore Girls, The Lyon’s Den, Desperate Housewives, Without A Trace, Franklin & Bash, Mike & Molly and Murder In The First.
The news of Polito’s death was first revealed by John McNaughton, who released a statement on Facebook. “Very sad to learn that my dear friend and collaborator, Jon Polito has passed away. 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”.