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G. McConway
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December 26, 2023

‘Men in Black’ Actor Mike Nussbaum Dead at 99

Hollywood has been dealt yet another loss with the death of Michael Nussbaum.

Nussbaum is best known for his roles in “Men in Black,” “Field of Dreams,” “Fatal Attraction,” and “House of Games.”

He was 99 years old.

The Legend is Gone

Nussbaum was only six days short of his 100th birthday when he passed away on Saturday of natural causes.

His death was confirmed by his daughter, Karen.

Prior to his Hollywood career, Nussbaum had a significant stage career, most notably in plays by David Mamet, who gushed over Nussbaum in a 2014 interview.

He stated, “It’s wonderful to work with Mike because, like any artist, like any actor, he’s just unusual.

“You’re constantly saying, ‘My God, where did that come from?’ It’s not coming out of a bag of ‘acting moments.’ That’s all bullshit. It’s coming out of — who the hell knows where? You either got it, or you don’t, and Mike certainly does.”

Born in 1923, Nussbaum did not get started in Hollywood until 1696 with a part in “The Monitors.”

He continued to land the occasional role until his career skyrocketed in the mid-1980s when he landed roles on “Spenser: For Hire,” and “The Equalizer” TV shows.

That led to more significant roles in “Fatal Attraction,” “House of Games,” “Field of Dreams,” and eventually, in 1997, landing the role of Gentle Rosenburg in “Men in Black.”

“Men in Black” would be the last blockbuster movie that is on his resume, but he continued to land roles in movies and TV shows even in his 90s, with Nussbaum still having one credit, “Christian,” which has not yet been released.

Nussbaum is survived by his wife, two children, and seven grandchildren. His first wife and daughter have already passed.

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