Actor Joseph Ruskin Dies at 89

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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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  1. Gregory Itzin says:

    Joe was a great and dear man. An example for all actors to follow. He always seemed glad to be wherever he was, and his devotion to whatever task he was undertaking was total. His death was
    unexpected and saddening. I thought he would live forever. He shall be missed.

  2. Chris says:

    If ever there was an actor’s actor it was Joe Ruskin. A great and charming man who will be remembered with great affection.

  3. Huey says:

    Better luck in 2014 =(

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