Michael Batayeh, Comedian and Breaking Bad Actor, Dies at 52
Mr. Batayeh starred in three episodes of the Emmy-winning series and performed stand-up comedy.
Michael Batayeh, an actor best known for his brief role in the Emmy-winning series Breaking Bad and a comedian who was popular in the Arab American community, died at his home in Ypsilanti, Mich. He was 52.
His sister Ida Vergollo said he died on June 1 in his sleep after a heart attack. A coroner later found issues with his heart, she said.
Mr. Batayeh appeared in Breaking Bad as Dennis Markowski, the steady manager of a laundromat that was a front for a meth lab. The character was killed after he showed interest in speaking to the Drug Enforcement Administration in exchange for immunity.
As a comedian, Mr. Batayeh performed in major clubs in New York City and Los Angeles, as well as around the country and internationally.
He also had credits on several popular television series, including Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Bernie Mac Show and Boy Meets World.