Reni Santoni Dies: ‘Seinfeld’ & ‘Dirty Harry’ Actor Was 81

Reni Santoni Dies: ‘Seinfeld’ & ‘Dirty Harry’ Actor Was 81
Reni Santoni, the American film and TV actor who played Clint Eastwood’s young partner in Dirty Harry and recurred as the pizza maker Poppie on Seinfeld, has died after a long illness. He was 81.

TV producer Tracy Newman, a close friend of Santoni, confirmed the news on Facebook.

“He had been sick for quite a while,” she wrote. “Those of you who knew him know how funny he was, what a terrific actor, improviser, performer, etc. So brilliant. I loved him very much and will miss him terribly. Another great one is gone. I have a lot of wonderful pictures of him, and will post them over the next week. My heart goes out to his son, Nick, who has been such a comfort to Reni over that past five years or more.”

Born in New York City in 1939, Santoni began his career in theater before securing his first
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