One Life to Live’s Brian Tarantina Dead at 60
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The soap opera alum is remembered for his memorable guest-starring and recurring roles.
Soaps.com is saddened to report former One Life to Live actor Brian Tarantina, who played Lucky Lippman in the early 90s, died on November 2. Per The Hollywood Reporter, the New York Police Department responded to a 911 call regarding an unconscious male in a Manhattan apartment. Tarantina was discovered unconscious on his couch where he was pronounced dead. Though there have been reports Tarantina was dealing with health issues, there is no official cause of death as of yet. Tarantina was 60-years-old.
Tarantina was born and raised in New York City. Though he had a lengthy career, Tarantina is remembered by many soap opera fans as Lucky Lippman on One Life to Live. Lippman was an ex-con friend of Jake Harrison (Joe Lando). The character was also a huge fan of Jake’s girlfriend, actress Megan Gordan (played by Jessica Tuck, who currently portrays Cassandra Pierce on General Hospital), and her fictional soap opera character from the soap within a soap Fraternity Row. In 2004, Tarantina returned to Llanview as Ray Castillo for a time. Outside of daytime, the actor had recurring and guest-starring roles on Gilmore Girls, Heroes, The Sopranos and The Black Donnellys. Additionally, he starred in the movies Carlito’s Way, Summer of Sam, Knight and Day and BlacKkKlansman. His most recent credits include 2019’s The Kitchen and a recurring role on the Amazon Prime series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, where he played the emcee of the comedy club The Gaslight where the titular character (played by Rachel Brosnahan) performed. Tarantina joined the rest of the Maisel cast in winning a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series earlier this year. The account for the series tweeted, “The Gaslight won’t be the same without you. Thank you Brian Tarantina for sharing in all of the laughs.”
Soaps.com sends our condolences to Brian Tarantina’s family and friends.
The Gaslight won’t be the same without you. Thank you Brian Tarantina for sharing in all of the laughs. Sending love to his family and friends in this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/J1R1ijF3tE
— The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (@MaiselTV) November 2, 2019