Today director John McNaughton posted the news on Facebook of the death of his long-time friend Jon Polito. Polito was 65.
Polito was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was known for working with the Coen Brothers, most notably in the major supporting role of Italian gangster Johnny Caspar in Miller's Crossing, but also in Barton Fink and The Big Lebowski. He appeared as Detective Steve Crosetti in the first two seasons of Homicide: Life on the Streetand on the first season of Crime Story.
Polito won an OBIE award in 1980 for his theater performances off
Broadway and for his lifetime of work in film and television he received
the Maverick Spirit Event Award at Cinequest Film Festival in 2005. In 2012, he won the award for "Best Actor in a Short Film" at Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival. He appeared in over 100 films, countless TV episodes (including Seinfeld, Modern Family) and on Broadway.