Caesar Cordova, Actor in 'Scarface' and 'Carlito's Way,' Dies at 84

Caesar Cordova
Courtesy Luis A. Gomez

He also appeared in 'Nighthawks' and on 'Kojak,' 'The A-Team' and 'Cagney & Lacey.'

Caesar Cordova, a character actor who appeared in the Brian De Palma films Scarface and Carlito's Way, both starring Al Pacino, has died. He was 84.

A member of the Actors Studio, Cordova died Wednesday of natural causes in Atlantic City, his family announced.

Born May 16, 1936, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Cordova also worked in such films as Sharks' Treasure (1975), Where the Buffalo Roam (1980) and Nighthawks (1981) and on television in Toma, Kojak, Police Woman, The A-Team and Cagney & Lacey.

He played a taco-stand cook in Scarface (1983) and a barber in Carlito's Way (1993).

Survivors include his wife, Gladys, and children Panchito — also an actor (Sesame Street, Hill Street Blues, Selena) — Luis, Ana, Elena, Abigail and Jesse.