Character Actor Gregory Itzin Has Died At the Age of 74

Gregory Itzin was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Burlington, Wisconsin, where his dad was the town mayor. He later studied acting at American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. Although he has many TV and film credits to his name, he trained to be a theater actor and started his career on stage. 

Itzin had an uncanny resemblance to Richard Nixon and was cast as the villainous President in the series “24.” Itzin once said that this role changed his career. During an interview in 2013, he explained, “I was a working actor and that sort of thing, but now I’m an in resident villain.” According to the producers of “24,” it was pure coincidence that he resembled Nixon and was never planned.

Itzin was nominated for two Emmys for his role on “24.” One was for guest actor in a drama. The other was for supporting actor in a drama.

Besides his role on “24,” Itzin’s credits also include “Friends,” “Desperate Housewives,” “The Practice,” “Big Love,” “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” “Law Abiding Citizen,” “The Change-Up,” and “Lincoln.”

On July 8, 2022, Itzin’s career and his life came to a screeching halt. He died from complications during an emergency surgery. He was 74 years old. He leaves behind his wife of 39 years, Judith Goldman, his two children, Wilke and Julia, and his grandson, Wylder.

Jon Cassar, a director and producer of the show “24,” announced Itzin’s death via twitter. He wrote, “My friend Greg Itzin passed away today.He was one of the most talented actors I had the honor to work with, but more than that he was an all around great guy. He’ll be missed by his 24 family who had nothing but love & respect for him. You made your mark, now Rest In Peace friend.”

Itzin’s death has been confirmed by a spokesperson for the actor.

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