Veteran character actor Al Ruscio has died, aged 89. The TV and movie star, who appeared in Showgirls, The Godfather: Part III, Seinfeld and Bonanza, passed away on Tuesday (12Nov13), according to his daughter.
During his five-decade career, Ruscio played varied characters, but he will perhaps be best remembered as the defiant restaurant manager at Monk's in Seinfeld, and as crime boss Leo Cuneo in The Godfather sequel.
He also appeared on TV in Peter Gunn, The Untouchables, McCloud, Lou Grant, Hill Street Blues and NYPD Blue, and on the big screen in films like Any Which Way You Can and Jagged Edge.
A lifelong student of the craft of acting, he also created the drama department at the Midwestern College in Denison, Iowa and served as a professor of acting at the University of Windsor in Canada.
He also penned So Therefore... A Practical Guide for Actors, which was published in 2012.
Dennis Farina's Crime Story co-star Tony Denison and Bottle Shock director Randall Miller have paid tribute to the actor following his death on Monday (22Jul13). Denison, who played Ray Luca opposite Farina's Lt. Mike Torello on the mid-1980s TV cop show, has revealed he's "saddened" by the loss of his pal.
He says, "It was my great pleasure to work with him on the groundbreaking series Crime Story. He will always be a significant part of my heart and history."
And Miller, who directed Farina in 2008 winemaking drama Bottle Shock, tells WENN, "We mourn the passing of the very talented friend and colleague... Dennis Farina. We were fortunate to have had the pleasure of working with him on Bottle Shock. And what an amazing sport it was to see him in this suit! He was always a snappy dresser, he will be greatly missed."
Meanwhile, Zooey Deschanel has been left heartbroken by Farina's passing after working together on her hit TV comedy New Girl.
Taking to her Twitter.com page, she writes, "I am completely devastated about Dennis Farina's passing, I was lucky to have witnessed his charm and brilliance."
John Cusack has also remembered Farina as a "great guy and a real Chicago character", and Ashton Kutcher tweets, "Love and light to the family and friends of Dennis Farina".
The star, most famous for her role in U.K. TV series Howards' Way, died at actors' residential home Denville Hall in London on Tuesday (15Nov11) after a battle with bronchial pneumonia.
Gray started her career in 1940s melodramas for Britain's Gainsborough Pictures studio and often appeared alongside her husband, Michael Denison, on TV and in theatre productions.
The couple even made their Broadway debut together playing Lady Markby and the Earl of Caversham in Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband in 1996.
However, Gray will be best remembered in Britain for her turn as Kate Harvey in BBC series Howards' Way between 1985 and 1990.
She returned to the stage after her husband's death in 1998 to appear in adaptations of The Ladykillers and The Lady Vanishes.
Her last TV appearance was in 2000 on British soap opera Doctors.
Gray also had a second career as an author, writing 24 books.