Brian Tarantina was born on March 27, 1959, and from New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for Summer of Sam (1999), Knight and Day (2010) and Uncle Buck (1989). He died on November 2, 2019, in Manhattan, New York City.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel actor Brian Tarantina has been found dead from an apparent drug overdose inside his Manhattan apartment on Saturday. He was 60. The native New Yorker’s niece found him unresponsive on a couch at his home in Hell’s Kitchen at 12.30 am.
When police and paramedics arrived on the scene they discovered a ‘white powdery substance near his body’ – according to TMZ. The NYPD released a statement which read: ‘On Saturday, November 2, 2019, at approximately 0040 hours, police responded to a 911 call of an unconscious male inside of 353 West 51 Street, apartment 11, within the confines of the Midtown North Precinct. According to DailyMail.co.uk
He debuted with Francis Ford Coppola in Cotton Club (1984), he starred on the big screen in minor roles in important gangster-based films, such as Carlito’s Way (1993), directed by Brian De Palma, and Donnie Brasco (1997) by Mike Newell, playing Italian-American criminals.
He has also worked with directors such as Spike Lee in SOS Summer of Sam – Panico in New York (1999) and Anthony Minghella in Talented Mr. Ripley (1999). Later, he took part, always playing characters with extremely negative connotations, in many television series, from I Soprano, in the role of Mustang Sally, to The Black Donnellys, where he played Vinnie Cagliari. An exception, the role of Bootsy in A mother for a friend (2000-2001).
Brian’s rep, Laurie Smith, tells TMZ that she believes the actor died from complications due to a recent illness. Smith says Brian had been very sick for the past few months and was in upstate NY for about a month being treated for a possible heart issue. According to TMZ.
Law enforcement sources tell that the veteran actor was found dead early Saturday morning in his Manhattan apartment from what we’re told appeared to be a fatal drug overdose to the officers and first-responders who came out.
Brian’s last big-screen gig was playing Burns in Andrea Berloff’s gangster drama The Kitchen alongside Melissa McCarthy, Elisabeth Moss, and Tiffany Haddish, which came out in August. That same month, the half-Italian, half-Irish character actor played Officer Clay Mulaney in Spike Lee’s Ron Stallworth biopic, BlacKkKlansman.
Brian Tarantina acted alongside Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish in The Kitchen, in a role that would become his last. The movie is a mob drama that follows the wives of New York gangsters.
How old was he? He was born on March 27, 1959, and from New York City, New York, USA and he was 60 years old as of 2019. However, there is not much information about his father, mother, and siblings.