Mark Margolis

Mark Margolis (born November 26, 1939) is an American actor.[1] He has played Alberto "The Shadow" in Scarface (1983) and Antonio Nappa in Oz, and his performance as Hector Salamanca in Breaking Bad was nominated for a 2012 Emmy Award. He has continued the Hector Salamanca role in the Breaking Bad prequel series Better Call Saul.

Mark Margolis
Born (1939-11-26) November 26, 1939 (age 80)
Alma materTemple University
Actors Studio
Years active1959–present
Jacqueline Margolis
(m. after 1962)

Early lifeEdit

Margolis was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Fanya (née Fried) and Isidore Margolis.[2] He is from a Jewish family.[3] He attended Temple University briefly before moving to New York City, where he studied drama with Stella Adler and at the Actors Studio.[citation needed]


Margolis is noted for his supporting roles in Scarface (1983)[1] Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994), and the films of Darren Aronofsky: π (1998), Requiem for a Dream (2000), The Fountain (2006), The Wrestler (2008), Black Swan (2010), and Noah (2014).

In 1991, Margolis played Helmut Dieter in the soap opera Santa Barbara. He has had recurring roles on numerous other TV shows, including The Equalizer, Quantum Leap, Oz, Law & Order, Crossing Jordan, Californication, Breaking Bad,[4] and Better Call Saul. In January 2015, he portrayed Felix Faust in the Constantine episode "Quid Pro Quo".[5] For his role in Breaking Bad, Margolis received a nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series.[6]

Margolis is also a stage actor. In the Berkeley Repertory Theater's 2014 season, he appeared as Gus in Tony Kushner's The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Margolis and his wife Jacqueline have been married since 1962. Their son Morgan H. Margolis was born in 1966, and is an actor.[citation needed]



Year Title Role Notes
1976 The Opening of Misty Beethoven Unhappy man Uncredited
1979 Going in Style Prison Guard
1980 Dressed to Kill Patient Uncredited
1980 Christmas Evil Christmas party patron (Man #2)
1983 Eddie Macon's Run 5:00 Bar Owner
1983 Scarface Alberto The Shadow
1984 The Cotton Club Charlie Workman
1987 The Bedroom Window Man in Phone Booth
1987 The Secret of My Succe$s Maintenance Man
1989 Glory 10th Connecticut Soldier
1989 White Hot The Tin Man
1990 Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection Gen. Olmedo
1990 Tales from the Darkside: The Movie Gage
1991 The Pit and the Pendulum Mendoza
1992 1492: Conquest of Paradise Francisco de Bobadilla
1994 Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Mr. Shickadance
1994 Squanto: A Warrior's Tale Captain Thomas Hunt
1996 I Shot Andy Warhol Louis Solanas
1996 The Pallbearer Philip DeMarco
1997 Absolute Power Red Brandsford
1997 Trouble on the Corner Mr. Borofsky
1998 Side Streets Bartender
1998 π Sol Robeson
1999 Mickey Blue Eyes Gene Morganson
1999 Flawless Vinnie
1999 Jakob the Liar Fajngold
1999 The Thomas Crown Affair Heinrich Knutzhorn
1999 End of Days Pope
2000 Fast Food, Fast Women Graham
2000 Dinner Rush Fitzgerald
2000 Requiem for a Dream Mr. Rabinowitz
2001 Hardball Fink
2001 The Tailor of Panama Rafi Domingo
2001 Boss of Bosses Joe Armone Television movie
2001 Hannibal Perfume Expert
2002 Infested Father Morning
2003 Daredevil Fallon Uncredited
2004 House of D Mr. Pappass
2005 Stay Business Man
2005 Headspace Boris Pavlovsky
2006 The Fountain Father Avila
2007 Gone Baby Gone Leon Trett
2008 Defiance Jewish Elder
2008 Haber Bremer
2008 The Wrestler Lenny
2008 The Model Maker The Model Maker
2010 Black Swan Mr. Fithian
2011 Immortals The New Priest
2011 One Fall Walter Grigg Sr.
2011 The Courier Stitch
2012 Stand Up Guys Claphands
2013 Beneath Mr. Parks
2013 Northern Borders Whiskeyjack Kittredge
2014 Noah Magog (voice)
2015 Nasty Baby Richard
2015 The Abandoned Jim
2016 My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 Panos
2017 Valley of Bones El Papá


Year Title Role Notes
1982 Muggable Mary, Street Cop Sgt. Meyers TV movie
1983 Rage of Angels Ricky TV movie
1985–1989 The Equalizer Jimmy 16 episodes
1990 Star Trek: The Next Generation Dr. Nel Apgar Episode: "A Matter of Perspective"
1990 Columbo Cosner Episode: "Columbo Cries Wolf"
1991 Santa Barbara Helmut Dieter 13 episodes
1992 Law & Order George Lobrano Episode: "Prince of Darkness"
1994 New York Undercover Clark Redmond Episode: "After Shakespeare"
1994 Guiding Light Harry Jones Unknown episodes
1995 New York News N/A Episode: "Past Imperfect"
1997 Law & Order Bronson Episode: "Legacy"
1998–2003 Oz Antonio Nappa 10 episodes
1999 Now and Again Nicky Vordogov Episode: "Pulp Turkey"
2001 Law & Order Frankie 'Threads' Politto Episode: "For Love or Money"
2001 100 Centre Street Merle Kiefer Episode: "Andromeda and the Monster"
2002 The Practice Ronald D'Amrosio Episode: "Fire Proof"
2003–2004 Ed Mazula 2 episodes
2004 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Mario Damiano Episode: "Fico Di Capo"
2004 Sex and the City Jean Paul Sandal Episode: "The Cold War"
2005 Crossing Jordan Cahill Episode: "It Happened One Night"
2007 Californication Al Moody Episode: "California Son"
2009–2011 Breaking Bad Hector Salamanca 8 episodes
2011 Blue Bloods Whitey Brennan 2 episodes
2011 Mildred Pierce Mr. Chris 2 episodes
2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Rom-Baro Episode: "Lost Traveler"
2011 The Good Wife Father Jim Episode: "Death Row Tip"
2011–2012 Person of Interest Gianni Morretti 3 episodes
2012 American Horror Story: Asylum Sam Goodman 3 episodes
2015 Constantine Felix Faust Episode: "Quid Pro Quo"
2015 Gotham Paul Cicero 2 episodes
2015 Elementary Abraham Misraki Episode: "T-Bone and the Iceman"
2015 12 Monkeys Mr. Werner Episode: "Paradox"
2015 Benders Paul's Grandfather Episode: "Choke"
2015 The Affair Arthur Solloway 3 episodes
2016–present Better Call Saul Hector Salamanca 16 episodes
2020 The Blacklist Jakov Mitko Episode: "Brothers"
2020 Snowpiercer Old Ivan Episode: "First, the Weather Changed"

Video GamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Manhunt Tramp (voice) Video Game

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2012 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama series Breaking Bad Nominated
2011 Saturn Awards Best Guest Starring Role on Television Nominated


  1. ^ a b "Mark Margolis". The New York Times.
  2. ^ "Mark Margolis".
  3. ^ Schleier, Curt (August 2, 2012). "Mark Margolis on How To Win an Emmy". The Jewish Daily Forward.
  4. ^ Grant, Drew (2012-08-12). "American Gangster: Don't Meth With Breaking Bad's Mark Margolis!". The New York Observer.
  5. ^ Barton, Steve. "Constantine – Mark Margolis Will Be a Breaking Bad Guy!". Dread Central. Retrieved 2012-07-22.
  6. ^ "Primetime Emmy Awards nominations for 2012 - Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series". Retrieved 2012-07-22.
  7. ^ "Constantine – Mark Margolis Will Be a Breaking Bad Guy!". Dread Central. Retrieved 2012-07-22.

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