Jon Polito, whose myriad TV credits included the role of Det. “Steve” Crosetti on NBC’s Homicide: Life on the Street, died on Thursday. He was 65.
Director John McNaughton shared the news via Facebook, saying: “Very sad to learn that my dear friend and collaborator, Jon Polito, has passed away…. Jon and I worked together in TV starting with episodes of Homicide: Life on the Street, some pilots and Masters of Horror. He appeared in over 100 films, countless TV episodes and on Broadway. Jon was a born actor and will be deeply missed by his legion of friends, fans, family and of course his long time partner, Darryl Armbruster, to whom I send my condolences. R.I.P. old pal.”
In addition to his early-seasons run on Homicide: Life on the Street, Polito’s TV credits included Crime Story, The Chronicle, Raising the Bar, Bunheads, Murder in the First and, most recently, episodes of Modern Family and Major Crimes.
On the bigger screen, Polito was almost a staple in the Coen Brothers films, having had roles in Miller’s Crossing, Barton Fink, The Hudsucker Proxy, The Big Lebowski and The Man Who Wasn’t There.
According to TMZ, Polito slipped into a coma on Sunday, and was taken off life support four days later.