Associated Press
November 17, 2013 AT 08:00 PM EST

Veteran character actor Al Ruscio, who appeared in countless film, television, and stage productions across half a century, has died at age 89, said his longtime manager, Judy Fox.

Ruscio, who died Nov. 12 at his Encino, Calif., home following declining health, appeared in such films as The Godfather: Part III and Guilty by Suspicion, and on some of the most memorable TV shows of all time, from Sea Hunt to Seinfeld. His stage credits include A Hatful of Rain and A View From the Bridge.

In addition, Ruscio taught college acting classes, wrote a drama text called So Therefore…A Practical Guide for Actors and served on the board of directors of the Screen Actors Guild.

Ruscio is survived by his wife, actress Kate Williamson; four children; and five grandchildren.

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