Se­in­feld’s Pop­pie dead at 81

The Province - - ENTERTAINM­ENT -

Se­in­feld star Reni San­toni has died aged 81. The ac­tor passed away on Aug. 1, ac­cord­ing to his friend,

TV writer and pro­ducer Tracy New­man.

New­man an­nounced the news in a post on Face­book, re­veal­ing that her pal’s death came af­ter he had been “sick for quite a while.”

“Those of you who knew him know how funny he was, what a ter­rific ac­tor, im­pro­viser, per­former, etc.,” she added. “So bril­liant. I loved him very much and will miss him ter­ri­bly. An­other great one is gone. I have a lot of won­der­ful pic­tures of him, and will post them over the next week. My heart goes out to his son, Nick, who has been such a com­fort to Reni over that past five years or more.”

San­toni be­gan his ca­reer in off-Broad­way the­atre be­fore making his first sig­nif­i­cant movie role in 1964’s The Pawn­bro­ker. He went on to star in films such as Dirty Harry, Bad Boys and Co­bra.

His most well-known role, how­ever, was in the beloved TV sit­com Se­in­feld, where he starred as un­hy­gienic restau­rant owner Pop­pie.

He’s sur­vived by son Nick and his wife Lisa James.

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