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Tony Musante dead at 77

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Nov 28, 2013 | 3:43am EST

Actor Tony Musante has died, aged 77. The Oz star passed away on Tuesday (26Nov13) at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City after suffering complications following surgery. Musante began his career on stage, and received a New York Drama Desk award nomination for his Broadway debut in a 1975 production of P.S. Your Cat Is Dead!, and he went on to star alongside Meryl Streep the following year (76) in 27 Wagons Full of Cotton. His film career included a star turn opposite Martin Sheen in 1967 thriller The Incident, and 2007's We Own the Night with Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Wahlberg. Musante also headed the cast of 1970s TV crime drama Toma and was nominated for an Emmy Award for his appearance in Medical Story. His other TV credits include playing Mafia boss Nino Schibetta in acclaimed prison drama Oz, as well as appearances in Maverick, The Rockford Files and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour.

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