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Damson Idris (R) might as well change his name. The British actor still isn't famous enough to get into Hollywood parties.

Damson showed up at a HBO party following the Emmy Awards on Monday in Los Angeles. But he was turned away at the door because no one recognized him.

The "Snowfall" actor wrote on his Instagram Story, "Just showed up to a HBO party and was turned away for not being on the list lol."

This isn't the first time Damson has been embarrassed for not being as famous as his last name.

In December 2021, acting legend Denzel Washington told an interviewer he didn't know who Damson was.

When asked about Damson — whom he is often compared to — Washington said, "Who are you talking about. I don't know who that is."

The reporter was surprised by his statement. "You gotta know who he is," she insisted.

Washington should have known him. Damson auditioned to play Washington's son in the 2016 movie Fences (he didn't get the part).

Damson plays ruggedly handsome drug dealer Franklin Saint on Snowfall, which debuted on FX in 2017.

The series was so popular that it was renewed for a full season in 2018 after its initial 10-episode first season.

FX renewed the series for a fourth season in August 2019, which was originally scheduled to premiere in 2020, but filming was temporarily suspended due to the COVID pandemic.

In April 2022, FX renewed the series for a sixth and final season.

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Actor Tony Dow who played Wally Cleaver, the older brother to Jerry Mathers' Beaver on TV sitcom "Leave It to Beaver," has died in a hospice. He was 77.

Dow was diagnosed with terminal cancer in May 2022.

Dow's death was initially announced on his Facebook page on Tuesday.

The Facebook announcement was deleted when Dow's wife of 42 years, Lauren Shulkind, said he was still alive in a hospice.

On Wednesday, another death notice was posted on Facebook: "We have received confirmation from Christopher, Tony's son, that Tony passed away earlier this morning, with his loving family at his side to see him through this journey," the post said.

The message continued:

"We know that the world is collectively saddened by the loss of this incredible man. He gave so much to us all and was loved by so many. One fan said it best - 'It is rare when there is a person who is so universally loved like Tony.'"

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"Leave it to Beaver" began airing in 1957 and ran until 1963.

Dow was born in Hollywood, California. He won the role of Wally Cleaver in a casting call with very little acting experience.

After the series ended, Dow appeared on other television shows, including My Three Sons, Dr. Kildare, Adam-12, Love American Style and The Mod Squad.

Dow served in the National Guard in the late 1960s

He reprised his role as Wally in a television movie and in "The New Leave It to Beaver".

In the 1990s, Dow revealed that he suffered from clinical depression after being typecast as Wally, and being unable to find work as an actor.

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Hollywood is mourning the loss of character actor Ray Liotta whose breakout role in the classic mafia film "Goodfellas" made him a star.

Liotta reportedly died in his sleep in the Dominican Republic. He was 67.

Liotta was in good health and had plans to be married to his fiancée Jacy Nittolo, a mom of four.

Liotta was best known for his role as Henry Hill in the mobster coming-of-age classic Goodfellas, directed by Martin Scorsese in 1990.

The movie also starred actors Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco and Paul Sorvino.

Liotta leaves behind his 23-year-old daughter, Karsen Liotta, with ex-wife Michelle Grace.

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Liotta discussed his career playing mob figures in an interview with PEOPLE.

"It's weird how this business works, because I've definitely had a career that's up and down. For some reason, I've been busier this year than I have in all the years that I've been doing this. And I still feel I'm not there yet. I just think there's a lot more."

Liotta was adopted from an orphanage as a baby and raised in New Jersey by his father Alfred, an auto parts store owner, and homemaker mom Mary.

"At first, I didn't understand how a parent could give up a child," he told PEOPLE. "So I had that kind of energy of just being like, that's f---ed up. And then when I finally met my birth mom in my 40s, by then, I wasn't as angry about it. It's just another journey."

Liotta added: "After years, you grow up, and you just see the pattern of things. I've definitely developed more patience. Now I'm grateful for my health. And being born. For my parents that adopted me. I mean, it could have gone a lot of different ways."

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Bruce Willis has been diagnosed with a neurological disorder called aphasia, which affects the area of the brain that controls speech.

The 67-year-old actor will take a hiatus from acting, his family said in a statement on Wednesday. The statement did not reveal the cause or severity of his aphasia.

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In a statement on social media, his family said:

"To Bruce's amazing supporters, as a family we wanted to share that our beloved Bruce has been experiencing some health issues and has recently been diagnosed with aphasia, which is impacting his cognitive abilities.

"As a result of this and with much consideration Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him. This is a really challenging time for our family and we are so appreciative of your continued love, compassion and support. We are moving through this as a strong family unit, and wanted to bring his fans in because we know how much he means to you, as you do to him."

What is Aphasia?

Aphasia is a neurological disorder that affects the part of the brain that controls speech. Causes include stroke, tumors or head trauma, brain infections, or neurodegenerative diseases.

Aphasia affects a person's ability to speak clearly. Patients may mix up words - spoken or written - or they may jumble their words in a nonsensical way (word salad).

Patients usually don't realize that their speech is confusing to other people.

Aphasia can also cause problems with writing, understanding speech and listening to speech.

He is best known for his films including the Die Hard franchise, The Sixth Sense, Armageddon, Pulp Fiction, and Sin City.

Willis initially went into acting to control a stutter speech impediment.

Causes of Aphasia

Strokes are the most common cause of aphasia, followed by head trauma, tumors, brain infections, or neurodegenerative diseases.

According to the National Aphasia Association, aphasia affects about 2 million people in the United States. People diagnosed with aphasia are typically middle-age or older.

Symptoms of Aphasia

Symptoms of aphasia depend on the severity of damage to the brain. Patients will have difficulty expressing and enunciating words and sentences, and/or difficulty understanding spoken language.

Symptoms include:

  • speaking in short, incomplete sentences or phrases
  • speaking in sentences that others can’t understand (jumbled speech)
  • using the wrong words or nonsense words (word salad)
  • using words in the wrong order, mixing up words

 
Patients also have problems understanding spoken language or keeping up with fast paced language.

Treating Aphasia

Treatment for aphasia includes speech therapy, group therapy to practice communication skills, learning to use other forms of communication. Using computers to help form sounds.

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Actor and comedian Johnny Brown, best known as Nathan Bookman on 1970s sitcom "Good Times," has died at age 84.

Brown's death was confirmed Saturday by his daughter, Broadway actress Sharon Catherine Brown, Variety reports.

"Our family is devastated. Devastated. Devastated. Beyond heartbroken. Barely able to breathe," Sharon Catherine Brown wrote in an Instagram post.

"He was literally snatched out of our lives. It's not real for us yet. So there will be more to say but not now. Dad was the absolute best. We love him so very much."

A cause of death was not disclosed.

Brown was also a talented singer who recorded "Walkin', Talkin', Kissin' Doll" in 1961 and "You're Too Much in Love With Yourself" in 1968.

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Brown is pictured with "Good Times" co-stars Ja'Net Dubois (L) and BernNadette Stanis (R) on March 19, 2006.

Brown got his start on Broadway in the musical adaptation of the Clifford Odets play "Golden Boy," alongside Sammy Davis Jr. Brown performed "Don't Forget 127th Street."

Brown was also offered a role in the Broadway play "Carry Me Back to Morningside Heights," which was directed by Sidney Poiter and featured an all-star cast including Cicely Tyson, Diane Ladd, Lewis Gossett Jr. and David Steinberg.

Brown played a blind pianist in "A Man Called Adam," in his first big screen film role which starred "Good Times" co-star Ja'Net DuBois and Davis Jr.

He honed his comedic skills on televisions shows such as "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In," and "The Leslie Uggams Show," which was the first variety TV series to be hosted by a Black woman.

A writer for "Laugh-In", Allan Manings, served as a producer on "Good Times" and recommended Brown for a recurring role as a singing, wise-cracking housing project superintendent during season 2.

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Brown, pictured with co-star Jimmie Walker, was promoted as a main cast member for the show's fifth and sixth seasons, according to Variety.

Brown is survived by his wife of 61 years, his children Sharon and John Jr., younger brother Elijah and 2 grandchildren.

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Actor Moses J. Moseley's death has been ruled a suicide by the medical examiner's office in Georgia. He was 31.

Moseley's body was found in the trunk of a car in the Hudson Bridge area of Stockbridge, Georgia on Wednesday, January 26.

A family member told TMZ that Moseley's cause of death was a single gunshot to the head.

Moseley's family told TMZ they had not seen or heard from him since Jan. 23.

They checked local hospitals and contacted OnStar to track his car, but could not locate him.

Moseley is best known for playing one of Michonne (Dania Gurira)'s zombies in the hit AMC TV series 'The Walking Dead'.

He also appeared in Attack of the Southern Fried Zombies, Joyful Noise, Trouble With the Curve, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Queen of the South, Watchmen, and more.

Moseley was very grateful to his fans for their support.

"Thank you to everyone that attended any convention or autograph signing I had this year," he tweeted alongside a video on December 20, 2021.

"Thank you to everyone that requested me to sign an item for them and everyone that purchased one of my books. You all made this year very special for me!"

 

 
If you are having thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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Legendary actor Sidney Poitier has died at age 94. His death was confirmed by the office of the Bahamian Minister of Foreign Affairs.

TMZ reports the circumstances surrounding his death were not disclosed. It isn't clear when, where, or how Poitier died.

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Poitier broke barriers for Black actors in Hollywood. In 1964, he became the first Black actor to win an Oscar for his performance in Lilies of the Field.

He is best known for his roles in the films A Raisin in the Sun, To Sir, With Love, In the Heat of the Night and, most notably, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.

In Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Poitier played a Black man who meets his white girlfriend's conservative parents (Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracey) for the first time over dinner.

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Poitier is one of the most celebrated actors of our time. He is pictured with former President Barack Obama at the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony in the East Room at the White House on March 12, 2002. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian honor in the U.S.

Poitier was born unexpectedly in Miami, while his parents were visiting for the weekend from the Bahamas. His birth granted him automatic U.S. citizenship.

Sidney grew up in the Bahamas, but moved back to Miami at age 15. He moved to New York at age 16, and joined the North American Negro Theatre. He landed his breakthrough role as a high school student in the film Blackboard Jungle (1955).

In 1958, Poitier and white actor Tony Curtis were chained together as escaped convicts in The Defiant Ones. Both actors received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor.

Poitier also directed various comedy films including Stir Crazy (1980) starring Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder, among other films.

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He leaves behind his wife, Joanna Shimkus, and 6 daughters. Poitier is pictured with his wife, Joanna, and their daughter, Sidney, at a movie premiere in Los Angeles, CA. in 2007.

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Actor Maxwell Banks, best known as Max Julien, died from natural causes on his birthday, January 1. He was 88.

His wife, Arabella Julien found him unresponsive at his Sherman Oaks, California home on Saturday morning. He was pronounced dead at Sherman Oaks Hospital.

His death was confirmed to TMZ by his publicist. Julien was best known for starring and writing 1970s blaxploitation films such as The Mack (1973), about a smooth-talking pimp named Goldie.

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Rappers still sample tracks off The Mack's soundtrack by singer Willie Hutch ("I Choose You", "Brothers Gonna Work It Out").

Julien channeled his Goldie persona as Uncle Fred in Def Jam's How to Be a Player, Bill Bellamy's 1997 comedy film.

Julien wrote the screenplay for blaxploitation film Cleopatra Jones (1973), starring Tamara Dobson. He also acted in The Black Klansmen (1966), Psych-Out, Getting Straight (with Candice Bergen), Thomasine & Bushrod (with his then-partner Vonetta McGee), The Mod Squad, The Bold Ones: The Protectors and One on One.
 

 

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Filmmaker, author and songwriter Melvin Van Peebles has died from natural causes. He was 89.

Melvin Van Peebles is best known for his cult classics Watermelon Man and Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song.

A family statement reads:

"In an unparalleled career distinguished by relentless innovation, boundless curiosity and spiritual empathy, Melvin Van Peebles made an indelible mark on the international cultural landscape through his films, novels, plays and music.

"His work continues to be essential and is being celebrated at the New York Film Festival this weekend with a 50th anniversary screening of his landmark film Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song; a Criterion Collection box set, Melvin Van Peebles: Essential Films next week; and a revival of his play Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death, slated for a return to Broadway next year."

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Dubbed the Godfather of Black Cinema, Van Peebles shot to fame with his mainstream directorial debut, The Story of a Three-Day Pass, and landed the job of bringing Watermelon Man to the big screen in 1970.

The racial satire, starring Godfrey Cambridge, was a huge hit, landing Van Peebles a three-picture deal at Columbia.

However, movie executives were not supportive of his follow-up, Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, which Van Peebles made anyway using cash loaned to him by Bill Cosby.

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Melvin wrote, directed, produced, scored and edited Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, while also starring as the title character.

Following its release, the movie became the highest-grossing independent film in history.

His filmmaking credits also include Identity Crisis, which starred his son Mario Van Peebles, and Posse, in which he co-starred with his son.

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Mario also adapted his father's novel about the growth of the Black Panther Party into 1995 film Panther, and the younger Van Peebles paid homage to his dad in 2003's Baadasssss.

Among his many accolades, Melvin picked up a Cinema Vanguard Award and a Special Achievement Award from the African-American Film Critics Association, a Daytime Emmy, a Gotham Tribute Award, the Humanitas Prize, and a NAACP Image Award.

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William "Willie" Garson kept his sexuality secret to avoid the controversy of a heterosexual playing a ghey man on TV.

Garson died Tuesday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 57.

Willie Garson played openly ghey Stanford Blatch, a beloved talent agent who was referred to as the "Fifth Lady" in HBO's Sex and the City.

Garson played his role so well that fans of the show assumed he was homosexual in real life.

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Blatch was besties with Sarah Jessica Parker's character Carrie Bradshow on the HBO series.

In the last two seasons of the show, his character, Blatch, was romantically linked with Broadway dancer Marcus Adente (Sean Palmer).

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In real life, Garson was involved in a longterm relationship with a woman who didn't want children. So he adopted a boy, Nathen, as a single father.

"He's an adult and soon to be taking care of me which is really why I got him to be honest," Garson said about Nathen, now 20. "He's lovely and a really special guy. He's wonderful and he's in college in Ohio."

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In an interview with Page Six last year Willie explained how he kept his sexuality a secret "for years" over fears his heterosexuality would be "offensive to gay people".

"For years I didn't talk about it because I found it to be offensive to gay people. People playing gay characters jumping up and down screaming that they're not gay, like that would somehow be a bad thing if they were."

He added:

"When the question would come up during the show I would say, 'When I was on White Collar no one ever asked me if I was a conman, and when I was on NYPD Blue, nobody ever asked me if I was a murderer.

"This is what we do for a living, portray people."

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Actor and comedian Anthony Johnson died after he was found lifeless in a store and rushed to a hospital earlier this month. He was 55.

His death was confirmed by his nephew, who told TMZ Johnson was pronounced dead at the hospital earlier this month. No cause of death was disclosed.

Anthony is best known for his comedic roles in Friday (1995), Menace II Society (1993) and The Players Club (1998).

Johnson's career took off in 1990 after he landed the role of E.Z.E. in House Party and he went on to do stand-up comedy in Los Angeles clubs.

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He also appeared in the films Lethal Weapon 3 and in nearly 50 films and TV shows, including Moesha, Martin, Malcolm & Eddie, and I Got the Hook Up and its sequel. It's also rumored Johnson was cast to reprise his role in the upcoming Last Friday.

Fans and colleagues paid tribute to Johnson on Twitter.com.

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Agents raided the North Hollywood home of Netflix actor Siaka Massaquoi (right) who participated in the "Stop the Steal" protest rally in Washington, DC in January.

Massaquoi was photographed among the Trump supporters protesting the 2020 presidential election in the nation's capitol on January 6, 2021.

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Nearly two dozen armed agents raided Massaquoi's home, terrorizing the actor and his friends just before 6 a.m. on Friday, the L.A. Times reports.

42-year-old Brian Burks and his two minor children were in the home at the time of the raid.

Burks' ex-wife, Luvelle Mendoza, told the Times that her ex-husband was "briefly detained" by agents. She said her two sons, ages three and seven, were also in the home when the agents stormed in with semi-automatic rifles.

"My heart breaks," said Mendoza who worries about the mental trauma to her young boys. "They had to see the big guns and I just think, I wasn't there to console them."

The Times reports that both men are under investigation for their comments on a social media app.

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Massaquoi is best known for his roles in "S.W.A.T." and "NCIS: Los Angeles." He attended political rallies in support of former President Donald Trump in 2020. And he participated in the movement to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat.

On his Instagram account, Massaqoui, a registered Republican, said he was within his constitutional rights to protest -- just as Black Lives Matter and Antifa protested by looting and burning down courthouses and police stations last summer.

"I did nothing wrong on the 6th... did nothing violent," Massaquoi wrote on IG.

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Clarence Williams III, the American actor who played Linc Hayes in the television series The Mod Squad, has lost his battle with colon cancer.

The 81-year-old actor passed away in Los Angeles on Friday, June 4, his managers have confirmed.

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Williams starred in the ABC crime drama, alongside Peggy Lipton and Michael Cole, from September 24, 1968, to March 1, 1973.

He also played pop icon Prince's father in the 1984 musical cult film Purple Rain; as well as roles in Tales from the Hood, Half Baked, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Reindeer Games.

Williams III began his career on Broadway in the 1960s, winning a Tony Award for his role in Broadway play Slow Dance on the Killing Ground, before landing his breakout role in crime drama series The Mod Squad.

In addition to playing Prince's father in Purple Rain, He went on to play Wesley Snipes' dad in Sugar Hill, and joined Dave Chappelle in stoner comedy Half Baked.

His other credits included Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Twin Peaks, The Littlest Hobo, The Cosby Show, Hill Street Blues, Miami Vice, The Highwayman, Walker, Texas Ranger, and Tales from the Crypt.

Williams married actress Gloria Foster in 1967. She appeared in 2 episodes of The Mod Squad. They also starred together in a movie, The Cool World, in 1964.

They divorced in 1984 and Williams announced her death in 2001. He did not marry again and he had no children.

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Kate Winslet opened up about "well known" celebrities who are hiding their LGBT+ status due to "homophobia" in Hollywood.

In a recent interview, the "Titanic" actress spoke about "stigma" in Hollywood that terrifies celebrities.

Winslet, 45, said well-known stars are afraid to come out of the closet because they will lose out on straight roles.

"I cannot tell you the number of young actors I know — some well known, some starting out — who are terrified their sexuality will be revealed and that it will stand in the way of their being cast in straight roles," she said. "Now that's f***ed up."

"I'm telling you," she continued. "A well-known actor has just got an American agent and the agent said, 'I understand you are bisexual. I wouldn't publicist that.' I can think of at least four actors absolutely hiding their sexuality. It's painful. Because they fear being found out. And that's what they say. 'I don't want to be found out.'"

Winslet said the stigma applies more to males than females.

"It's bad news. Hollywood has to drop that dated crap of, 'Can he play straight because, apparently, he's gay?'"

"That should be almost illegal," she said. "You would not believe how widespread it is. And it can't just be distilled to the question about gay actors playing gay parts. Because actors, in some cases, are choosing not to come out for personal reasons. And it's nobody's business. Perhaps privacy. Perhaps conditioning and shame."

The LGBT+ community is particularly sensitive to straight actors playing LGBT+ roles.

"We could have had a conversation about how I feel about playing a lesbian and possibly taking that role from somebody," Winslet said. "But I'm done with not being honest about what my real opinions are, and I know the part was never offered to anybody else. In taking this part I had an opportunity to bring an LGBTQ story into living rooms."

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Character actor Yaphet Kotto, best known for starring as a villain kingpin in James Bond film Live and Let Die, has passed away. He was 81.

Kotto's wife Tessie Sinahon broke the news on Facebook on Monday night, March 15. She wrote:

"I'm saddened and still in shocked of the passing of my husband Yaphet of 24 years. He died last night around 10:30pm Philippine time... You played a villain on some of your movies but for me you're a real hero and to a lot of people also. A good man, a good father, a good husband and a decent human being, very rare to find. One of the best actor in Hollywood a Legend. Rest in Peace Honey, I’m gonna miss you everyday, my best friend, my rock."

Kotto got his start in acting on Broadway, where he appeared in The Great White Hope, among other productions in the 1960s.

In 1967 he released a single, "Have You Ever Seen The Blues" / "Have You Dug His Scene" on Chisa Records.

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He transitioned from Broadway to blaxploitation films such as 1973's Friday Foster, alongside Pam Grier, before major Hollywood studios came calling.

As well as starring in Live and Let Die - pulling double duty as dictator Dr. Kananga and his alter ego Mr. Big - Kotto famously played technician Dennis Parker in 1979 horror movie Alien, and appeared opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1987 action film The Running Man.

Kotto also enjoyed success on the small screen, starring as Al Giardello in the series Homicide: Life on the Street from 1993 to 1999.

In his final role before his death he voiced the character of Parker once again for the Alien: Isolation video game.

He is survived by his wife and six children.

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