In the American series, he composed the owner of a pizzeria, an Italian immigrant. He was 81 years old.
Known for his role in the series Seinfeld, where he played Poppie, owner of a pizzeria and Italian immigrant based in New York, in several episodes of the last seasons, Reni Santoni died last Saturday, August 1, at the age of 81 in a hospital in Los Angeles (California, United States) after various health problems; among them, cancer.
Reni Santoni, of French and Spanish descent, had also built a career as a supporting actor in the cinema in titles like Dirty Harry (Don Siegel’s movie, where he played the inspector Chico González and shared the bill with Clint Eastwood, who It is 90 years old this 2020.
The person in charge of giving the news was his friend, the screenwriter, and television producer Tracy Newman, through a message on Facebook that confirmed the day of his death (“Saturday morning”) and the reason for his death (“he wore a sick time “).
“Those who knew him knew how much fun, great actor, improviser, a performer he was … so brilliant. I loved him so much and I will miss him so much. Another great one is leaving. I have a ton of wonderful photographs with him and I will post them next week. My love for your son, Nick, who has been supporting Reni [Santoni] for the past five years or more. ” The actor was married to theater director Lisa James, with whom he had his only child.
Santoni’s beginnings were in the off-Broadway, with titles like The Umbrella and The Mad Show, highlighted the specialized magazine Variety; His first little role was in a 1964 Sidney Lumet movie, The Lender. After his, he worked in the following decades with other filmmakers such as Carl Reiner, who starred in the autobiographical Enter Laughing; Rick Rosenthal, and George P. Cosmatos. In those works, he was mainly a Hispanic character and he coincided with interpreters such as Sean Penn and Sylvester Stallone.
On television, he participated in classics such as Hill Street Blues and Murder One. Over the past few years, he has made single installment appearances on series like Grey’s Anatomy and CSI. His last television appearance came eight years ago in Franklin and Bash.