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Jon Polito (1950 - 2016)

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Jon Polito (1950 - 2016)

Actor Jon Polito, known for playing Detective Steve Crosetti on TV’s “Homicide: Life on the Street” and for roles in films such as “Miller’s Crossing” and “The Big Lebowski,” died Sept. 2, 2016. He was 65.

A character actor with a distinctive face and bald head, Polito made more than 100 television appearances and had roles in nearly that many films. In addition to his recurring role on “Homicide,” Polito is also remembered as Silvio in “The Reverse Peephole,” a 1998 episode of “Seinfeld,” and as Earl Chambers, a business rival of Ed O'Neill’s Jay Pritchett on “Modern Family.”

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Polito’s roles include standout parts several Coen Brothers films: mobster Johnny Caspar in 1990’s “Miller’s Crossing,” a movie studio executive’s assistant, Lou Breeze, in 1991’s “Barton Fink,” private investigator Da Fino in 1998’s “The Big Lebowski,” and others.

He had recently been working on a role in “The Maestro,” a film currently in pre-production.

Polito is survived by his spouse, actor Darryl Armbruster.

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