The news just got out yesterday that uncanny character actor Leonardo Cimino died earlier this month due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He lived a helluva life though – making it all the way to 94 years old. Appearing in a ton of films and stage productions, I’ll always remember him as “Scary German Guy” from the Monster Squad, aka the guy who taught me what “virgin” means. He also had an important role in the original television miniseries of V.
Cimino also had roles in David Lynch’s Dune as the fat slob Baron Harkonnen’s doctor, Woody Allen’s analyst in Stardust Memories, and, in his final role, William in Sidney Lumet’s 2007 underrated crime flick Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead. RIP Cimino. There’s always time for more pie in heaven.- Patrick Cooper