Joseph Ruskin Dies: Veteran Film, Stage Actor Was 89

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Thursday, 02 Jan 2014 08:55 AM

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Joseph Ruskin, the veteran film and stage actor who also appeared in more than 120 television roles, died over the weekend at a California hospital. He was 89.

The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists told The Associated Press Tuesday that Ruskin died at UCLA Santa Monica Hospital on Saturday.

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Ruskin garnered 124 television credits, including "Mission: Impossible" and "Star Trek," and appeared in 25 films, namely "The Magnificent Seven," "Prizzi's Honor," and "Smokin' Aces."

His last performance was on the stage this year in the Anteus Theatre Company's production of "The Crucible."

"Joe was the epitome of the actor who takes care of all the other actors while keeping one foot firmly planted on the stage or the set," SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard said. "He gave so much for so long it's hard to believe he's gone."

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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