Mark Margolis, who played a drug lord on 'Breaking Bad' and 'Better Call Saul,' has died.

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NEW YORK  — Mark Margolis, who played the deadly former drug magnate Hector Salamanca in "Breaking Bad" and then in the prequel "Better Call Saul," died at the age of 83.

According to his son, Morgan Margolis, the actor died at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York after a brief illness.

Margolis was nominated for an Emmy in 2012 for his role as Salamanca, the old don of his drug clan who was unable to speak or walk due to a stroke. Much of his character's past was eventually revealed in "Better Call Saul," the prequel in which he appeared from 2016 to 2022.

Margolis was also recognized for a number of film appearances, most notably in Darren Aronofsky's "Noah," "Black Swan," "The Wrestler," and 

"Pi." He also portrayed Alberto "The Shadow" in the film "Scarface." Other films in which she appeared include "The Thomas Crown Affair," "Gone Baby Gone," and "Stand Up Guys."

Margolis was born in Philadelphia in 1939 and studied acting with renowned teacher Stella Adler in New York. In his early career, he concentrated on the theatre, appearing in dozens of works off-Broadway,

including at New York's Public Theater, and on Broadway in "Infidel Caesar," based on Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar." He started Blue Dome, a traveling theater company.

Margolis is survived by his 61-year-old wife, Jacqueline Margolis, and his son Morgan, the CEO of Knitting Factory Entertainment. The family intends to hold a private memorial and funeral service.

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