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Creator / Jon Polito

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Jon Raymond Polito (December 29, 1950 – September 1, 2016) was an American actor and voice actor. He was well known for his very hoarse gravelly voice. Throughout his 35-year career, he has played cops and crime bosses. Among his best known roles were Steve Crosetti on Homicide: Life on the Street, Phil Bartoli on Crime Story, and was a frequent actor in The Coen Brothers' pictures.

Polito died of cancer on September 1, 2016, at age 65.

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Tropes associated with Jon Polito:

  • Actor Leaves, Character Dies: The character of Steve Crosetti was written out of Homicide because the executives felt Polito wasn't photogenic enough and wanted more female characters. The character later dying by suicide was written after Polito publicly criticized producer Tom Fontana over the incident. They'd later patch things up and Polito had said he regretted how he handled things.
  • Old Shame: As noted above, Polito regretted his behavior in regards to how he handled his being written out of Homicide.
  • Production Posse: He frequently appeared in The Coen Brothers' movies.
  • Typecasting: During his career, he had frequently played gangsters, including real-life gangsters Jack Dragna in Gangster Squad and Al Capone in Time Squad, as well as his characters in Miller's Crossing, Crime Story, and Blankman. In fact, two of his last roles before his passing were gangsters—Carmine Falcone in Batman: Arkham Underworld and Hammerhead in Ultimate Spider-Man.