Friday, December 26, 2008

Goodbye, Johnny Cakes

John Costelloe, 47, who played the short-order cook and mobster Vito Spatafore's out-of-town love interest on HBO's The Sopranos, died on December 18, an apparent suicide, a gunshot wound to the head.

The gay story arc on the hit TV series drew attention for introducing gay characters matter of factly to the New Jersey crime show and realistically portraying the effects of homophobia.

At the time of his death, Costelloe was performing in the play Gang of Seven at La MaMa E.T.C. The actor's most recent film credit is Doubt, starring Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman. His credits include supporting roles in films such as Die Hard 2 and Last Exit to Brooklyn.

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