Reni Santoni, Poppie in ‘Seinfeld’ and ‘Dirty Harry’ actor, dies at 81


Reni Santoni, who played Poppie in “Seinfeld” and appeared in “Dirty Harry” and other films, died on August 1. He was 81 years old.According to a Facebook post written by her friend and TV writer-producer Tracy Newman, Santoni died on Saturday morning. He had been “sick for a long time”.

“Those of you who knew him know how funny he was, what a great actor, improviser, performer, etc. ”, We read in the message. “So awesome. I liked him very much and I will miss him terribly. Another big one is gone. I have a lot of great photos of him and will post them next week. My heart goes out to her son, Nick, who has been such a comfort to Reni for the past five or more years.

Born in New York, Santoni built his acting career out of off-Broadway theater, starring in “The Umbrella” and “The Mad Show”. His first major film role was an uncredited appearance in the 1964 film “The Pawnbroker”, in which he played a drug addict trying to sell a radio.

His first leading role was in “Enter Laughing” (1967), in which he played a delivery boy in New York. Other credits in the film include Inspector Chico González in “Dirty Harry” (1971), prison official Ramon Herrera in “Bad Boys” (1983) and Detective Tony Gonzales in “Cobra” (1986).

One of Santoni’s most notable roles was on “Seinfeld” as Poppie, an unsanitary restaurateur. He had a recurring role as one of Arthur Hill’s assistants in the final season of ABC’s “Owen Marshall, Legal Counsel” (1973) and played Daniel in “28 Days” (2000), with Sandra Bullock.

Santoni is survived by his wife and director, Lisa James, and his son, Nick.


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