03 November 2019 14:36
Brian Tarantina, a character actor known for his roles on "Gilmore Girls," "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" and many other TV series, died Saturday in New York City. WCBS-TV New York reported that Tarantina was found dead in his Hell's Kitchen apartment. No other details were available. Tarantina most recently played a New York City nightclub emcee on Amazon's Emmy-winning period comedy "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel." The series paid tribute to Tarantina with a tweet declaring "The Gaslight won't be the same without you." The Gaslight won't be the same without you. Thank you Brian Tarantina for sharing in all of the laughs.
Sending love to his family and friends in this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/J1R1ijF3tE — The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (@MaiselTV) November 2, 2019 Tarantina was a native New Yorker. His long list of TV credits included guest shots on such series as "Law & Order," "NYPD Blue," "Miami Vice," "Homicide: Life on the Street," "Oz," "ER" and "Heroes." On the original WB Network/CW drama "Gilmore Girls," he played newstand owner Bootsy. He returned for an appearance in Netflix's 2016 sequel series "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life." He was a regular on the 2007 NBC drama series "The Black Donnellys." More recent credits included "Madam Secretary," "Blue Bloods," "Elementary," "The Night Of" and "Person of Interest." Tarantina also had a varied career on the big screen, with credits ranging from 1983's "The Cotten Club," 1989's "Uncle Buck" and "Born on the Fourth of July" to more recent roles in 2018's "BlacKkKlansman" and 2014 "Rob the Mob." In the 1980s, Tarantina logged several roles on Broadway, starting with the 1983 play "Angels Fall." He was in the 1985-86 production of "Biloxi Blues" and 1985's "The Boys of Winter." In 1995 he appeared with Ellen Burstyn and Giancarlo Esposito in the play "Sacrilege."