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'Goodfellas' Actor Chuck Low Morrie Kessler Dead at 89

'Goodfellas' Actor Chuck Low Morrie Kessler Dead at 89”

Born in New York City in 1928, Low was a military veteran who served in the U.S. Army, became an engineer who made marine instruments, and in the 1960s started a real estate partnership with Lehman Brothers.

He also spent eight years in the National Guard. Their friendship later blossomed into Low's most exciting career as an actor, in which he starred alongside De Niro in "Goodfellas".

He also had small roles in The Mission, King of Comedy and Once Upon a Time in America alongside his Goodfellas co-star De Niro.

But his best-known performance is certainly as Morrie, a wig salesman, who faced an unfortunate whacking at the hands of Joe Pesci's character Tommy DeVito with a screwdriver to the back of the head in Martin Scorsese' classic movie.

Robert De Niro turned the property developer from a landlord into an actor by getting him in to several films. Low's last credited screen role is a 2003 drama called Kill the Poor.

"Chuck lived life to the fullest, with a wit, intelligence, and passion that was positive and contagious", his obituary says. "His skill in anything to do with mechanical, electrical or physical engineering was exceptional. All his friends have been gifted at least one swiss army knife".

Low also previously served as a major in the United States military, and was buried on September 20 with full military honours - receiving a three gun salute.

He is survived by his daughter Debra, son Mitchell, granddaughters Jenni and Katie, and ex-wife Cherida Michaels.

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