A TV, film and stage actor best known for his work on shows including “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “Gilmore Girls” has died. The New York Times reports that Brian Tarantina, who played the comedy club host Jackie on “Mrs. Maisel” and had a recurring role as Bootsy on “Gilmore Girls,” was found dead Saturday at his home in Manhattan. He was 60.
The report quotes Tarantina’s publicist, Laurie Smith, saying the actor died of “complications from a severe health crisis he experienced a few months ago.”
The Times adds: “About 12:40 a.m., police officers responded to a call reporting an unconscious male inside an apartment in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood. Officers said they found Mr. Tarantina unresponsive on his couch and pronounced him dead at the scene. The medical examiner’s office was to perform an autopsy.”
Tarantina will reportedly be a part of season three of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” which returns to Amazon Prime Video Dec. 6.
Early in his career, Tarantina appeared in Broadway productions including “Angels Fall” and “Biloxi Blues.” His TV career took off in the mid-1980s and included guest appearances on “Miami Vice,” “NYPD Blue,” “Homicide: Life on the Street,” “ER,” “The Sopranos,” “Madam Secretary” and many other shows.
Tarantina also appeared in a number of films, including”Summer of Sam,” “The Kitchen” and “City by the Sea.”
Tarantina won a Screen Actors Guild Award this year as part of the ensemble cast of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” The show’s creators, Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino, released a statement following his death, noting that he had been in their lives for more than 25 years.
“He was in Amy’s first pilot,” they said. “And he’s been in every significant thing we’ve done. He came in with that voice and that timing and he made every scene better. And weirder.”
The show’s star, Rachel Brosnahan, posted a photo of Tarantina, which you can see below, on Instagram, along with the message: “So deeply sad to hear about the passing of Brian Tarantina. He was hilarious and talented and kind and an all around golden fucking weirdo. Our family of weirds won’t be the same without him.”