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Date Of BirthNovember 26, 1939
SpouseJacqueline Margolis
MarkLow and gravelly nasal voice
FactFrequently cast by Darren Aronofsky.

Mark Margolis is an American actor. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on November 26, 1939. His parents were Jewish immigrants from Russia. He has two brothers and a sister. He was educated at the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts and the Carnegie Mellon University.

He began his career as a stage actor, appearing in productions of the Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival and the Pittsburgh Public Theater. He made his film debut in 1978 in the film “Hair. ” He has since appeared in over 100 films and television shows. His most notable roles have been in the films ” Scarface,” “Requiem for a Dream,” “The Wrestler,” and “Breaking Bad.

” He has also appeared in the television series ” Oz,” “The Sopranos,” and “Breaking Bad. ” He has won two Obie Awards and a Drama Desk Award. He is divorced and has two children. ..

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Full NameMark Margolis
Date Of BirthNovember 26, 1939
Height1.8 m
EducationTemple University


SpouseJacqueline Margolis
ChildrenMorgan H. Margolis


NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series, Saturn Award for Best Guest Starring Role on Television
MoviesPi, The Fountain, Scarface, The Wrestler, The Abandoned, Stand Up Guys, Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, The Thomas Crown Affair, Nasty Baby, Gone Baby Gone, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Defiance, Jakob the Liar, 1492: Conquest of Paradise, The Tailor of Panama, Absolute P...

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#Marks / Signs
1Low and gravelly nasal voice


1A lot of the people that stop you - well, they're not nuts, exactly. They're more like super-fans. They think that I'm some sort of rich guy, that everyone in the movies is making the kind of money Angelina Jolie is making. They don't realize that most of my life has been a struggle.
2I actually don't pay a lot of attention to the movie 'industry'... I just do the work when I get it. I never considered anything I was in, or did, as a possible breakthrough for me. I have advised other actors not to expect anything. Expecting a 'breakthrough' is almost an automatic for sure 'let down' or heartbreak.
3I am just a journeyman actor. Most often I take what's offered me, and I've been able to work year after year. I was in 'Scarface.' Some people think this must have done me a world of good. Truth to tell, six months after 'Scarface' I had to take a job with a real estate development friend for a few months just to get by.
4I'm in my apartment in trendy Tribeca. I've been down here for 37 years, from before it was a fashionable neighborhood. It's a wonderful place; it looks over the Hudson River. I can see 30 miles into New Jersey. My landlord would like me to die because the rent is very low. I'm trying to outlive him. He can get a lot more if I disappear.
5I saw an Emmy ad that AMC took out with all the 'Breaking Bad' nominees' photos, and there's my picture from the show. It's like World's Ugliest Man - I'm an automatic winner in that category.
6I was a student of Stella Adler and then later Lee Strasberg, and they were into sensory work. At its best, acting is not about words - even when the words are important.
7I'm addicted to New York, and I like L.A., as I have kids there. Sometimes I think New Mexico is the one place where I could almost live there. It helps your acting; there's magic in that place.
8I'm an actor. I was trained by Stella Adler, one of the greatest teachers of the world. I was 19 years old, and she frightened me to death. I was her houseboy for a while.
9Honestly, all of 'Breaking Bad' was the best television experience of my entire life - the writing, the crew, the other actors.
10You don't play villains like they are villains. You play them like you know exactly where they are coming from. Which hopefully you do.
11There is an endless range of parts I have not played. I would love to do a whole slew of period pieces. I also used to do a lot of stage work, and I would like to go back to that from time to time.


1He's the only cast member of Breaking Bad (2008) to receive an Emmy nomination in the "Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series" category.
2His father was a Polish Jewish immigrant and his mother was a Russian Jewish immigrant.
3Frequently cast by Darren Aronofsky.
4He is father to actor Morgan H. Margolis.
5Resides in New York's Tribeca. [2001]




Now and Again1999TV SeriesNicky Vodorgov
End of Days1999Pope
Jakob the Liar1999Fajngold
Mickey Blue Eyes1999Gene Morgansen
The Thomas Crown Affair1999Heinrich Knutzhorn
Above Freezing1998Mob Boss
Side Streets1998Bartender
Pants on Fire1998Malcolm Preston
Pi1998Sol Robeson
Trouble on the Corner1997Mr. Borofsky
Absolute Power1997Red Brandsford
The Pallbearer1996Philip DeMarco
I Shot Andy Warhol1996Louis Solanas
New York News1995TV Series
Squanto: A Warrior's Tale1994Capt. Hunt
New York Undercover1994TV SeriesClark Redmond
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective1994Mr. Shickadance
Where the Rivers Flow North1993New York Money
1492: Conquest of Paradise1992Bobadilla
Santa Barbara1991TV SeriesHelmut Dieter
The Antagonists1991TV SeriesEmil Kutcher
The Pit and the Pendulum1991Mendoza
Descending Angel1990TV MovieBercovici
Tales from the Darkside: The Movie1990Gage (segment "Cat From Hell")
Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection1990Gen. Olmedo
Jake and the Fatman1990TV SeriesMiracola
Star Trek: The Next Generation1990TV SeriesDr. Nel Apgar
Mancuso, FBI1990TV Series
Columbo1990TV SeriesCosner
Glory198910th Connecticut Soldier
Quantum Leap1989TV SeriesAdriano
The Equalizer1985-1989TV SeriesJimmy
White Hot1989The Tin Man
Lady Mobster1988TV MoviePeter Colicos
Doubletake1988TV MovieJanitor
Memories of Manon1988TV MovieJimmy
Almost Partners1987TV MovieKristopholous
Crime Story1987TV SeriesJack Stark
The Rosary Murders1987Father Max
The Secret of My Succe$s1987Maintenence Man
The Bedroom Window1987Man in Phone Booth
Kay O'Brien1986TV SeriesFrank Agretti
ABC Afterschool Specials1985TV SeriesCab Driver
The Cotton Club1984Charlie Workman (uncredited)
Far from Poland1984DocumentaryAdam Zarewski
Scarface1983Alberto The Shadow
Eddie Macon's Run19835:00 Bar Owner
Rage of Angels1983TV MovieRicky
The Avenging1982Pedro Quintana
Muggable Mary, Street Cop1982TV MovieSgt. Meyers
Arthur1981Wedding Guest (uncredited)
A Jury of Her Peers1980ShortMr. Hale
Christmas Evil1980Man #2
Dressed to Kill1980Patient at Bellvue Hospital (uncredited)
Going in Style1979Prison Guard
Short Eyes1977Mr. Morrison
Kojak1977TV SeriesFirst Gunman
The Other Side of Victory1976TV Movie
The Opening of Misty Beethoven1976Unhappy Guy on Plane (uncredited)
Guiding Light1952TV SeriesHarry Jones (1994)
You Bury Your Own2015post-productionSmith
The Confines2015post-productionJim
A Remarkable Life2015completedLandon
I Remember You2014/IIShort post-productionFather
Scratch2014/IShort completedThe Proprietor
An Anomaly2013Short post-production
Invincible2013Short post-productionFather - Sean
12 Monkeys2015TV SeriesMr. Werner
Elementary2015TV SeriesAbraham Misraki
Gotham2015TV SeriesPaul Cicero
Nasty Baby2015Richard
Constantine2015TV SeriesFelix Faust
Taxi Brooklyn2014TV SeriesAJ
Noah2014Magog (voice)
Flipsters2013TV SeriesElf
Zero Hour2013TV SeriesErik Haas
Beneath2013/IMr. Parks
Northern Borders2013Whiskeyjack Kittredge
American Horror Story2012TV SeriesSam Goodman
Stand Up Guys2012Claphands
Never a Shade of Gray2012ShortMr. Coutier
Fairly Legal2012TV SeriesIan Saunders
Person of Interest2011-2012TV SeriesGianni Moretti
The Courier2012Stitch
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2011TV SeriesRom-Baro
The Good Wife2011TV SeriesFather Jim
Immortals2011The New Priest (uncredited)
Breaking Bad2009-2011TV SeriesTio Salamanca
One Fall2011Walter Grigg Sr.
Dig2011/IVShortHeinrich Berger
Mildred Pierce2011TV Mini-SeriesMr. Chris
Blue Bloods2011TV SeriesWhitey Brennan
Black Swan2010Mr. Fithian / Patron
The Fallen Faithful2010Asa
Nobody2009Professor Hagel
Kings2009TV SeriesPremier Shaw
Ben Again2009TV MovieBen
Defiance2008/IJewish Elder
The Model Maker2008ShortThe Model Maker
The Wrestler2008Lenny
American Dream2008/IIShortGrandpa
Californication2007TV SeriesAl Moody
Gone Baby Gone2007Leon Trett
The Girl Next Door2007Homeless Man Hit By Car
The Black Donnellys2007TV SeriesSal Minetta
Still Life2006/IMorty
The Fountain2006Father Avila
Brotherhood2006TV SeriesJacob Weiss
Umney's Last Case2006ShortVernon Klein
Waterfront2006TV SeriesSal Trovotelli / Sal Trovoteli
Stay2005/IBusiness Man
Headspace2005Boris Pavlovsky
Crossing Jordan2005TV SeriesCahill
Law & Order: Criminal Intent2004TV SeriesMario Damiano
House of D2004Mr. Pappass
Sex and the City2004TV SeriesJean Paul Sandal
Ed2003-2004TV SeriesSal Mazula / Mazula
Manhunt2003Video GameTramp (voice, uncredited)
Particles of Truth2003Grandpa Black
Daredevil2003Fallon (uncredited)
Oz1998-2003TV SeriesAntonio Nappa
Hack2002TV SeriesNicolai Zosimov / Nikolai Zosimov
Infested2002Father Morning
The Practice2002TV SeriesRonald D'Ambrosio
The Hit Man and the Investigator2001ShortPrisoner
100 Centre Street2001TV SeriesMerle Kiefer
Law & Order1992-2001TV SeriesFrankie 'Threads' Polito / Bronson / George Lobrano
Hard Ball2001Fink
Boss of Bosses2001TV MoviePiney Armone
Queenie in Love2001Spencer
The Tailor of Panama2001Rafi Domingo
Hannibal2001Perfume Expert
18 Shades of Dust2001
Kitchen2001TV MovieFarid
The Summer of My Deflowering2000Short segment "Angela"
Dinner Rush2000Fitzgerald
Fast Food Fast Women2000Graham
Requiem for a Dream2000Mr. Rabinowitz
Prince Street1997-2000TV Series


Noah Making Of-Iceland: Extreme Beauty2014Documentary shortHimself
Talking Bad2013TV SeriesHimself - 'Hector Salamanca'
2012 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys2012TV MovieHimself - Presenter
Inside 'The Fountain': Death and Rebirth2007Video documentaryHimself
Fractured Skulls: The Making of Headspace2006Video shortHimself
Camp Hollywood2004TV Movie documentaryHimself, Actor
Modern Warriors2002TV Movie documentaryNarrator

Archive Footage

La rentadora2006TV Series
Madonna: The Video Collection 93:991999VideoBartender (segment "Bad Girl") (uncredited)


Nominated Awards

2012Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actor in a Drama SeriesBreaking Bad (2008)
2012Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Guest Starring Role on TelevisionBreaking Bad (2008)
2012Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsDrama Guest ActorBreaking Bad (2008)
2012OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Guest Actor in a Drama SeriesBreaking Bad (2008)

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