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Joseph Ruskin, dead at 89

By April Neale Jan 2, 2014, 2:11 GMT

Joseph Ruskin, dead at 89

Joseph Ruskin, a character actor and long-serving SAG board member, died Dec. 28 from natural causes at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica. He was 89.

Joseph Ruskin, a character actor and long-serving SAG board member, died Dec. 28 from natural causes at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica. He was 89.

Mr. Ruskin was a native of Haverhill, Mass., who graduated from high school in Cleveland, Ohio and served in the Navy during World War II.

Mr. Ruskin was a prolific character actor with 25 films and 124 television shows to his credit. His notable film appearances included The Magnificent Seven and Prizzi's Honor.

His smallscreen body of work included roles on The Twilight Zone, Star Trek and Alias.

Ruskin served on the board of the Screen Actors Guild from 1976 to 1999, with eight of those years as the First National Vice President. In 1979, he became the first Western Regional Vice President of Actors Equity Association (AEA). Ruskin also was honored for his service to SAG with the organization's Ralph Morgan Award in 2011, and by AEA with the Lucy Jordan Award in 2003 and the Patrick Quinn Award in 2013.

Ruskin is survived by his wife, daughter and two step-daughters.



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