Joseph Ruskin of ‘Mission: Impossible,’ ‘Star Trek’ fame dies

Joseph Ruskin of ‘Mission: Impossible,’ ‘Star Trek’ fame dies

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Joseph Ruskin of ‘Mission: Impossible,’ ‘Star Trek’ fame dies

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on December 31, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 1 at 3:22 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Film, television and stage actor Joseph Ruskin has died of natural causes at the age of 89.

Ruskin garnered 124 television credits, including "Mission: Impossible" and "Star Trek," and appeared in 25 films, namely "The Magnificent Seven," ''Prizzi's Honor" and "Smokin' Aces."

The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists said Tuesday that Ruskin died at UCLA Santa Monica Hospital on Saturday.

His last performance was on the stage this year in the Anteus Theatre Company's production of "The Crucible."

Ruskin was born in Haverhill, Mass. He studied drama at Carnegie Mellon University and began his professional acting career at Pittsburgh Playhouse and the Rochester Arena Stage before finding success in television.

He served as SAG's 1st national vice president for eight years and was the first western regional vice president of Actors Equity Association.

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