Mark Margolis

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Mark Margolis
Born (1939-11-26) November 26, 1939 (age 82)
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.

Life and career

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
Scarface Alberto The Shadow
1984 The Cotton Club Charlie Workman
1987 The Bedroom Window Main in Phone Booth
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")
Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection Gen. Olmedo
Tales from the Darkside: The Movie Gage
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
Squanto: A Warrior's Tale Captain Thomas Hunt
1996 I Shot Andy Warhol Louis Solanas
The Pallbearer Philip DeMarco
1997 Absolute Power Red Brandsford
Trouble on the Corner Mr. Borofsky
1998 Side Streets Bartender
π Sol Robeson
1998–2003 Oz Antonio Nappa (TV series, 10 episodes)
1999 Mickey Blue Eyes Gene Morgansen
Flawless Vinnie
Jakob the Liar Fajngold
The Thomas Crown Affair Heinrich Knutzhorn
End of Days Pope
2000 Fast Food, Fast Women Graham
Dinner Rush Fitzgerald
Requiem for a Dream Mr. Rabinowitz
2001 Hardball Fink
The Tailor of Panama Rafi Domingo
Boss of Bosses Joe Armone (TV movie)
Hannibal Perfume Expert
2002 Infested Father Morning
2003 Daredevil Fallon
2004 House of D Mr. Pappass
2005 Stay Business Man
Headspace Boris Pavlovsky
2006 The Fountain Father Avila
2007 Gone Baby Gone Leon Trett
Californication Al Moody (TV series, 1 episode: "California Son")
2008 Defiance Jewish Elder
Haber Bremer
The Wrestler Lenny
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 Blue Bloods Whitey Brennan (TV series, 1 episode: "Dedication")[6]
Immortals The New Priest
One Fall Walter Grigg Sr.
Mildred Pierce Mr. Chris (TV miniseries, 2 episodes)
The Good Wife Father Jim (TV series, 1 episode: "Death Row Tip")
The Courier Stitch
2011–2012 Person of Interest Gianni Morretti (TV series, 3 episodes)
2012 American Horror Story: Asylum Sam Goodman (TV miniseries, 3 episodes)
Stand Up Guys Claphands
2013 Beneath Mr. Parks
2014 Noah Magog
2015 Constantine Felix Faust
Nasty Baby Richard
Gotham Paul Cicero
Elementary Abraham Misraki (TV series, 1 episode: "T-Bone and the Iceman")
12 Monkeys Mr. Werner (TV series, 1 episode: "Paradox")
The Abandoned Jim
Benders Paul's Grandfather
The Affair Noah's Father (TV series, 1 episode: "204")


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Mark Margolis". The New York Times.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Schleier, Curt (August 2, 2012). "Mark Margolis on How To Win an Emmy". The Jewish Daily Forward.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Grant, Drew (2012-08-12). "American Gangster: Don't Meth With Breaking Bad's Mark Margolis!". The New York Observer.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Primetime Emmy Awards nominations for 2012 - Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series". Retrieved 2012-07-22.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Constantine – Mark Margolis Will Be a Breaking Bad Guy!". Dread Central. Retrieved 2012-07-22.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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