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In Memoriam: A Look Back At Brian Tarantina's Fantastic Career

Brian Tarantina was found dead in his NYC apartment on Saturday November 2.
February 9, 2020 - 18:15 / Rachel Johnson

We were all saddened to hear about the passing of Brian Tarantina this past November and he will be missed by all. Lets take a look back on some of the highlight's of his career! 

The 60-year-old got his start in the 1980s after attending the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York City. Some of his earlier films include 1984's The Cotton Club and Bed of Roses in 1996. 

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He also appeared on many television series including the soap opera One Life to Live where he played the character of "Lucky Lippman" from 1990-1991 and "Ray Castillo" in 2004. He also starred on The Sopranos and Gilmore Girls, where he played the role of "Bootsy". 

Brian Tarantina in the 1996 film Bed of Roses with co-star Mary Stuart Masterson

Brian Tarantina on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Brian's most recent role was that of "Jackie" on Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, where he starred alongside Alex Borstein as the manager of a local comedy club. He had a reoccurring role in the past 3 seasons of the show, which has won numerous awards including the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy in 2017 and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series in 2018.

Brian Tarantina and Marin Hinkle at the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2019

Brian Tarantina will be missed

On November 2, 2019, Tarantina was found unresponsive in his apartment in New York City and his cause of death has been concluded as a drug overdose. Brian is survived by his son Sean and many of the stars of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, including Rachel Brosnahan, took to social media to express their regret of Tarantina's passing. We sure will miss him at the Gaslight next season!