Willy Switkes Dies; Character Actor Was 83

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Willy Switkes, a character actor who had minor roles on-screen in the 80s, has died at the age of 83.

According to an Associated Press report, Switkes died of colon cancer on March 7, 2013 at a hospice in Rockville, Maryland.

Switkes most memorable roles, according to the report, are his unidentified characters in movies such as Tootsie and Taxi Driver. He has two IMDB credits for acting, one for his role as "Man at Cab" in Tootsie, and one for playing the "Mint Buyer" in Playing For Keeps. The AP states that he also had uncredited roles in The French Connection and Woody Allen's Bananas.

In addition to his film work, the AP states Switkes had a stage career that included roles in Broadway productions such as The Cherry Orchard and A Thousand Clowns. During a 1960 tour of Once Upon a Mattress he was also reportedly the understudy to Buster Keaton.

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