Dirty Harry Actor Reni Santoni, Who Also Played Poppie in Seinfeld, Dies at 81

Santoni began acting in off-Broadway theater with the play he co-wrote, Raisin’ Hell in the Son. He landed his first screen role in Rod Steiger’s 1964 film The Pawnbroker.

Years later, in 1967, Santoni got his first leading role in Carl Reiner’s semi-autobiographical film Enter Laughing, which followed a delivery boy, David Kolowitz, as he leaves his job to become a stage actor in New York.

Reiner and Santoni worked together again in 1982’s Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid which also starred Steve Martin.

Santoni’s career also extended to television, including guest appearances in shows such as Hawaii Five-O, Hill Street Blues, NYPD Blue and Miami Vice.

Santoni is survived by his son, Nick, according to The Wrap.

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