Who Is Mark Margolis? What To Know About The Breaking Bad Actor

Mark Margolis is an Emmy nominated American actor who, though advanced in age, is still very much prominent in the movie and television industry today. Mark has featured in a lot of very popular shows some of which are Scarface, Breaking Bad and its prequel Better Call Saul. Mark Margolis has starred in several Hollywood movies with very notable names like Al Pacino. Also a stage actor, he studied acting with Stella Adler whom he credits for being a big influence on him as an actor.

Who Is Mark Margolis?

Mark Margolis was born on November 26, 1939, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US. His parents have been identified as Isidore and Fanya Margolis. His family is Jewish, and they migrated to the United States of America from Europe. He was educated at Temple University in Philadelphia, just before he moved to New York City to pursue his dream. He then studied drama at the prestigious Actors Studio in the Manhattan neighbourhood of New York.

He married his sweetheart, Jacquelin, in 1962 and they have been married for the past 57 years. They both have a son, Morgan Margolis who was born in 1966.

What To Know About The Breaking Bad Actor

Emergency Brain Surgery

While filming on the set of popular television series Better Call Saul, Mark reportedly fell down and had to be rushed to the hospital. While in the Emergency Room, doctors discovered a minor swelling in his brain via a scan and had to perform a routine procedure to address this. After the surgery, and while recovering from its effects, Mark had to pull out of a few movie roles, that he was earlier billed to star in.

Primetime Emmy Award Nomination

Mark Margolis was nominated in 2012 for a Primetime Emmy Award in the “Best Actor in a Drama Series” category, but his nomination was removed because he had featured in 5 out of 10 episodes of the popular television series Better Call Saul. A change made to the Emmy award rules called the “50% Guest Star Rule” had his nomination recalled from votes. This rule seeks to limit the chances of recurrent actors in a television series winning this award against other actors who had genuine guest star roles. Mark stars as Hector Salamanca, a high ranking member of the drug cartel, in the television series Better Call Saul. He has been featuring on the series since Season 2.

Film and TV Series He Has Featured In

Mark Margolis has starred in at least 57 movie roles and 33 television series role in a very active career since 1976 till date. Some of the movies he has starred in includes The Opening of Misty Beethoven in 1976 – his very first mainstream movie role, Dressed to Kill in 1980, The Cotton Club in 1984, White Hot in 1989, and Delta Force 2: The Columbian Connection in 1990 – in which he starred as General Olmedo. He rounded up the 90s with The Thomas Crown Affair (1999). Mark Margolis continued to impress in the new millennium with roles in Daredevil, Black Swan, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, amongst others.

Some of the television series Mark has featured include The Equalizer (1985 – 1989), Star Trek: The Next Generation, Law and Order, Oz (1998 – 2003), and Sex and the City among others.

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His son is also in the show business

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Mark Margolis’ son Morgan with one of his children: image source

Mark’s only son, Morgan Margolis, followed in his father’s footsteps and is also a well-known actor. He has starred in a few movie roles, and television series, just like his father. Morgan has produced at least two movies so far, The Walk in 2001 and Modern Warrior in 2002. Morgan is happily married and has 3 children.

Awards and Nominations

Though Mark has not received a major award in his distinguishingly long career such as the Oscar or Golden Globe, he has till date been nominated twice in his career. First is an Emmy nomination, then a Saturn award for his role in the series Breaking Bad.

Net Worth

Though it is not clear how much Mark Margolis is exactly worth, some sources have put it at a conservative $1.5 million. Some opinions have it that he is worth much more than this figure, based on the long list of productions that he has been involved with over the years.


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