Michael Anthony Hart, the actor best known for his roles in “The Fugitive,” “Dancing With the Stars” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” passed away Saturday at the age of 85.
Handsome, charismatic, and devoted to his art, Hart was known as the “King of Hollywood,” and he made his mark on the screen with roles in films like “The Graduate” and the acclaimed “Law and Order: SVU.”
“He was the consummate Hollywood star,” his son Michael Anthony said in a statement Saturday.
“He was always the most beautiful, funny, and talented actor.
He was one of the most dedicated, talented, and kind-hearted people I know.”
Michael Anthony Hart starred in “Dance With the Dragons,” “The Freaks,” and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” in the 1970s and 1980s.
He had a successful career in film and television, including several television series.
He also appeared in many Broadway shows and was known for playing characters that were both likable and unlikable.
He was an accomplished actor, director, writer, producer, and producer of a wide variety of films, including his own “The King of Hollywood” TV series, as well as films like the “The Wizard of Oz,” “Law And Order,” “Game Of Thrones,” “Lethal Weapon,” and the “Diaries of Sherlock Holmes.”
He also had numerous roles in the popular movies “The Godfather,” “Batman Begins,” “Inception,” and several other movies.
Michael Anthony also made appearances on “The Simpsons,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Louie,” “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” and on “Law&Order: SVUS.”
“I am overwhelmed with the outpouring of love, support, and gratitude from so many people across the country,” Hart said in the statement.
“Michael Anthony was an incredible actor, an amazing person, and a true gentleman who will be missed by so many.”
His death is the latest in a string of tragic deaths that have rocked the nation over the past week.
In all, 13 people have been killed in the U.S. and Canada since Sunday, including at least 12 police officers, two soldiers, and at least two people at a military recruiting center.
Hollywood star-turned-comedian Jimmy Kimmel has said that he was moved to tears watching a video of Michael Anthony.
“You never know who you’re gonna meet,” Kimmel told the actor in a recent interview.