Tarantina was found inside his downtown Manhattan apartment after someone called 911 to say he was unconscious and medics pronounced him dead at the scene, New York police said.
A medical specialist will determine the cause of death, i. The department said.
Tarantina was "quite sick recently" and was returning home, said his manager, Lori Smith.
"I've known him for years. He was an incredible, very, very talented actor and a very kind person," Smith said. "I was really shocked and very sad. I'm still shocked. "
He appeared in this year's crime drama "The Kitchen" starring Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Hadish and Elizabeth Moss. His acting credits include roles in TV movies girls "and movies including" Sam's Summer and "Uncle Buck."