J. E. Freeman – who portrayed hired mobster Marcello Santos in David Lynch’s crime thriller Wild at Heart (1990), and was the henchman Eddie Dane in the Coen Brothers gangster film Miller’s Crossing (1990), has died aged 68.
His death, in the evening of August 9th 2014, was confirmed to me by his agent Christopher Black.
As per Mr Freeman’s wishes, no memorial or official announcement of his passing was to be made at that time.
‘He was an extraordinary actor and person and I count myself fortunate to have known and represented him’, his agent told me in an email on November 3 2014.
J. E. Freeman also appeared in Alien: Resurrection (1997), the fourth instalment of the Alien film series.
He was Dr Mason Wren, the head of the scientific team that successfully clones Ellen Ripley.
In the black comedy Ruthless People (1986), he is the local serial killer ‘The Bedroom Killer’ whose death occurs after he falls down the basement stairs.
He also appeared in Patriot Games (1992) , Copycat (1995), and played Victor Snr, the owner of the strip club in Go (1999).
The cause of his passing was not disclosed.
– by Rhett Bartlett.