Reni Santoni, Poppie in ‘Seinfeld’ and ‘Dirty Harry’ Actor, Dies at 81

Lawrence Kim
August 4, 2020

Veteran character actor, Reni Santoni, who played the role of "sloppy" Poppie in several iconic "Seinfeld" episodes, died August 1, at the age of 81.

TV writer and producer, musician and friend of the actor, Tracy Newman, told The Hollywood Reporter on Monday he died in hospice care on Saturday after battling health problems, including cancer, for many years.

"Those of you who knew him know how amusing he was, what a terrific actor, improviser, performer, etc.", she added. I have a lot of wonderful pictures of him, and will post them over the next week.

Newman announced the news in a post on Facebook, revealing that her pal's death came after he had been "sick for quite a while".

The native New Yorker launched his decades-long acting career in off-Broadway theater productions. His first significant film role was an uncredited appearance in the 1964 film "The Pawnbroker", in which he played a junkie trying to sell a radio. In 1967, he landed a key role in Carl Reiner's directorial debut Enter Laughing; Reiner passed away in June this year. The comedy-drama was based on Reiner's novel of the same name. He also gained fame in film, appearing in a number of roles for Dirty Harry, Cobra and Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid.

Santoni returned as Poppie the following season in two episodes: "The Couch", in which Poppie teams up with Kramer to plan a "make your own pie" pizza business and ruins Jerry's couch; and "The Doorman".

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