Actor Joseph Ruskin Dies at 89

Film, television and stage actor Joseph Ruskin died Saturday of natural causes in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 89.

Ruskin garnered 124 television credits, including “Mission: Impossible” and “Star Trek,” and appeared in 25 films, including “The Magnificent Seven,” ”Prizzi’s Honor” and “Smokin’ Aces.”

His last performance was onstage this year in the Anteus Theatre Company’s production of “The Crucible.”

Ruskin was born in Haverhill, Mass. He studied drama at Carnegie Mellon University and began his professional acting career at Pittsburgh Playhouse and the Rochester Arena Stage before finding success in television.

He served as SAG’s first national vice president for eight years and was the first western regional vice president of Actors Equity Association.

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