Character Actor Tony Longo Dies at 53

Tony Longo H 2015
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The 6-foot-6 bruiser appeared in such films as 'Splash,' 'Mulholland Drive' and 'The Last Boy Scout.'

Tony Longo, a 6-foot-6, 300-pound character actor who filled the screen in such films as Splash, Mulholland Drive and The Last Boy Scout, has died. He was 53.

Longo died in his sleep at his home in Marina del Rey, announced his manager, Susan Ferris. She said she received the news of his death on Sunday.

A working actor in Hollywood for 30 years, Longo played Mad Dog Smears on the 1984–1991 HBO series 1st & Ten: The Championship, and he had recurring roles on CBS’ Alice, the syndicated Police Academy: The Series and NBC’s Hell Town.

Unsurprisingly, considering his size, the New Jersey native played characters like “Rock” in Sixteen Candles (1984), and he was “Huge Guy” in Mr. Destiny (1990), “Knuckles” in Suburban Commando (1991) and “Big Rocko” in The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (2000).

Longo also appeared in Fletch (1985), How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003) and The Cooler (2003). On TV, he had been on the daytime soaps The Young and the Restless and Days of Our Lives and appeared on such recent primetime shows as Crossing Jordan, The Mentalist and Shameless.

Survivors include his daughters, Chloe, Danielle and Alexis.

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