Veteran character actor Tony Longo, whose imposing physique helped him land dozens of roles as the big tough guy in TV and film, died in his sleep at his home in Marina del Rey, CA. He was 53. His manager, Bohemia Group’s Susan Ferris, told Deadline she received word of his death on Sunday.
Born in New Jersey, Longo moved to Los Angeles in the early 1980s and began working in TV and film. One of his earliest roles was Artie opposite Linda Lavin on the TV series Alice. Over a 30-plus-year career he has appeared in films including The Last Boy Scout, How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days, Mulholland Drive, Feds (see photo above), The Takeover, Living In Peril, 16 Candles, Splash, and Fletch among others.
His most recent credits included features Pizza With Bullets and Base. According to IMDB, he also had several projects currently in development.
“When the team at Bohemia met with Tony they instantly feel in love with his natural charm and charisma, but also each of the managers had their own special memories of Tony’s performances from his vast career,” said Ferris. “He had the excitement and willingness to do anything. There is some comfort in knowing that he died peacefully in his sleep. Hollywood has lost a great actor.”
Longo is survived by his daughters Chloe, Danielle and Alexis.