Brian Tarantina has died … TMZ learned. Law enforcement sources tell us that a veteran actor was found dead early Saturday morning at his Manhattan apartment from what we
say. Our sources say Brian's niece went to check on him at the residence. Hell's Kitchen at about 12:30 in the morning and found it. uncle without answering the couch. We are told that the niece told the cops that she had last spoken to him late Tuesday night. After finding him, she called 911 and was told when officers and paramedics arrived … they found a white powder near his body, believed to be a drug.
It is currently unclear what a white substance may be. We are told that the New York medical examiner's office will perform an autopsy to determine the official cause of death.
Brian has been in the business for a long time, often playing supporting characters in the 80's and 90's and even in the 2000's and beyond. He may be best known for difficult roles in such films as Jacob's Ladder, Uncle Buck, The Loss Boys, Sam Summer, Knight and Day, Carlito's Road, Donnie Brasco "," City by the Sea, "etc.
It has a much wider resurgence than this though. Man has been in a lot of things over the years … shows like" Law & Order, "" Miami Deputy, "" Spin City, Oz, NYPD Blue, ER, The Sopranos, Gilmore Girls, Heroes, Black Donel, Black List, Madam Secretary, Blue Blood, and most recently in "Wonderful Mrs. Maisel" playing Jackie.