— An actor known for his dark-complexions role in films like “Dark Shadows” and “A Clockwork Orange” died Sunday, a day after he suffered a heart attack in an accident, his publicist said.
Marko Skaric, a Hungarian-American actor known professionally for roles in films such as “A Christmas Story” and the TV series “The Big Bang Theory,” died of complications of congestive heart failure at his home in the northern Connecticut town of Hartford, his family said.
Skaric was born in Budapest in 1922 and lived most of his adult life in New York City, his sister, Eileen, said.
He worked on and off as an actor and actor’s assistant before moving to the United States in 1990, Erika Skarics said in a statement.
He was an executive producer and star of the television series “Blindspot.”
Skarics, who was 51, was a fixture in the entertainment world for decades.
He appeared in such films as “The Godfather” and in the 2001 film “A Beautiful Dark Night,” which he co-wrote.
He had roles in the films “Blazing Saddles” and, more recently, “Crazy Heart.”
His family said he had been working in New Zealand and Switzerland on a new project that he was about to begin.
He also had roles on Broadway in “The King and I” and on stage in films including “The Producers” and his Oscar-nominated turn in “A Place in the Sun.”
In a statement, Skarciks family said: “Marko was a tireless actor, and the people of Hungary are fortunate to have had such an inspiring friend and collaborator.
We will miss Marko immensely.”
Marko, who starred as the Joker in the “Batman” series of comic books, was also known for supporting roles in “Dirty Dancing,” “Pulp Fiction” and other films, including the 1997 film “Million Dollar Baby.”
His most recent film role was in the 2006 film “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”