‘Gilmore Girls’ Actor Dead After Drug Overdose

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Brian Tarantina, known for his acting work on “Gilmore Girls,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” and much more, sadly died at the age of 60 on November 2. Reports are now coming in that his death was caused by a drug overdose that involved opioids–yet another celebrity (and citizen in general) to tragically pass this way.

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An Actor Lost to Drugs

Tarantina was known for playing Bootsy on the critically-acclaimed WB series, “Gilmore Girls.” He also played in several film and stage productions both on and off Broadway.

Bootsy was a recurring character on Season 2 of the hit show. The character owns the newsstand in Stars Hollow.

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” fans will remember Tarantina as Jackie. The Amazon series won the Screen Actors Guild award for Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series earlier this year, and Tarantina was there to receive his statue.

It’s clear that Tarantina had a huge impact on the cast and crew. Fans will miss him dearly.

Remembering Brian Tarantina

Tarantino had an interesting life, if rather private. He was born in New York City in 1959 to an unknown mother. He was raised by his father, Frank Williams.

He attended high school at the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. This is where his acting chops started to flourish.

Other films from the last decade in which you can see Tarantina shine include:

  • The Brave One (2007) – Gun Store Clerk
  • Ghost Town (2008) – Ghost Cop
  • Motherhood (2009) – Opera Lover in Car
  • Knight and Day (2010) – Scrap Yard Man
  • Rob the Mob (2014) – Ronnie
  • Zarra’s Law (2014) – Frankie Andreoli
  • #Lucky Number (2015) – Blue Collar Mafia
  • BlacKkKlansman (2018) – Officer Clay Mulaney
  • Breaking Brooklyn (2018) – Randy Davis
  • Ask for Jane (2018) – Angry Doctor
  • The Kitchen (2019) – Burns (final film role)

Who Found Tarantina’s Body?

The New York City Police Department said in a statement, “On Saturday, 2 November, 2019 at approximately 00:40 hours, police responded to a 911 call of an unconscious male.

“Upon arrival, officers observed a 60-year-old male, unconscious and unresponsive, fully-clothed, on his couch.”

The NYC Chief Medical Examiner informed TMZ that Tarantina’s death was accidental. He died from acute intoxication due to the combined effects of fentanyl, heroin, cocaine and Diazepam.

Tarantina is survived by his sister, his brother, and his son.