Brian Tarantina Dead at 60: ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ and ‘Gilmore Girls’ Actor Dies

Brian Tarantina at the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on January 27, 2019. Rob Latour/Shutterstock

Brian Tarantina, the actor who played Jackie, emcee of The Gaslight Comedy Club on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, has died, the New York City Police Department confirms to Us Weekly.

The NYPD received a call about an unresponsive person in a Manhattan apartment just before 12:45 a.m. on Saturday, November 2. A police source tells Us that Tarantina was found face-up on his couch when first responders arrived. Police recovered a number of prescriptions and glassine envelopes with a white powder inside, the source adds.

Tarantina was pronounced dead at the scene. The New York City medical examiner’s office will determine his official cause of death.

Tarantina most recently acted alongside Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish in the film The Kitchen. The actor, whose career spanned several decades, was on several TV shows including The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Gilmore Girls, The Black Donnellys and The Good Wife.

He won a Screen Actors Guild Award, along with the rest of the The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel cast, for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series in January.

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