We’ve officially lost one of the most legendary actors of this time.
It’s not often that you come across an actor like Jon Polito. Known most for his phenomenal acting in roles such as “The Big Lebowski,” “Barton Fink,” and “Miller’s Crossing.”
At the age of 65, Polito tragically passed away. It is reported that he had been diagnosed with Melanoma in 2008. Polite reportedly obtained an infection from a surgery which made him go into a coma on Sunday and passed away Friday morning after being taken off of life support.
Polito was known for the joyful attitude he always carried. Maybe that’s why he starred in mostly comedy!
His friend and film director John McNaughton posted a heartfelt tribute to the late actor on Facebook.
“John is probably best known for his work in Coen Brothers films, notably Barton Fink, Miller’s Crossing and The Big Lebowski. Jon and I worked together in TV starting with episodes of Homicide: Life on the Street, some pilots and Masters of Horror. He appeared in over 100 films, countless TV episodes and on Broadway. Jon was a born actor and will be deeply missed by his legion of friends, fans, family and of course his longtime partner, Darryl Armbruster to whom I send my condolences. R.I.P. old pal — JM”
As McNaughton said, Polito was in over 100 movies as well as TV shows and Broadway shows. He was known for his comedic ways, but wasn’t ever afraid to get serious. Polito is also known for his voice work.
The actor was openly gay and is survived by his long time life partner, Darryl Armbruster, who he had been with since 2000.
Polito recently starred in shows like “Modern Family” and recently starred in a short film called “Anti-Muse.” Jon had recently just landed a role in the movie “The Maestro,” which is in it’s preproduction phases right now.
Many of his fellow actors and friends have already reached out on twitter in support and remembrance of the actor.
Actor Jon Polito died. He was known for many roles, but for me, he'll always be Crosetti from Homicide: Life on the Streets. RIP
— Pete Grathoff (@pgrathoff) September 2, 2016
— Sam Adams (@SamuelAAdams) September 2, 2016
Awww man. Rest in Peace, Jon Polito. It was great just hanging around you for a few days. pic.twitter.com/PwkH4bsAvQ
— Seamus Dever (@seamusdever) September 2, 2016
Jon took the acting world by storm since he debuted his career in the early 80’s and he will be extremely missed. We are praying for his family and friends going throughout this horrible time.