Jon Polito Dead at 65; Starred in ‘The Big Lebowski’, ‘Barton Fink’

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Jon Polito is shown in a still image from 'Johnny Boy'. (Credit: YouTube)

TV and film actor Jon Polito, the bumbling private snoop in “The Big Lebowski” who left his mark in several Coen Brothers films, has died. He was 65.

Polito’s Coen filmography included “Barton Fink,” “The Man Who Wasn’t There” and “Miller’s Crossing,” which placed him among the gaggle of actors comprising the informal Coen Brothers repertory.

But the veteran actor racked up the bulk of his credits with a prolific career in television.

Born in 1950, the Philadelphia native had a career that spanned three-and-a-half decades. It m with the 1980s miniseries “The Gangster Chronicles,” in which Polito played New York mobster Tommy “Three Finger Brown” Luchesse in the NBC series. That was the first of his many Mafioso and criminal roles — both dramatic and comedic.

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