Darryl Armbruster is the partner of late actor, Jon Polito. According to reports his long time partner died Thursday night after being taken off life support.
Polito had been diagnosed with melanoma back in 2008. He was also suffering from arthritis and had an infection related to a recent surgery. He slipped into a coma last Sunday. The veteran actor was 65.
Polito was born December 29, 1950 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He attended Villanova University on a drama scholarship, graduating on the Dean’s list. From there, he began a successful lengthy run on the New York stage both off and on Broadway.
Over the course of almost 40-years years in the business, Jon Polito, roughly acted in more than 100 movies. Dozens of TV shows and Broadway productions can also be added to his resume.
Polito won the Best actor OBIE award for five different performances in the 1979/1980 off-Broadway season.
He was a particular favorite of the Coen Brothers, playing a gangster in Miller’s Crossing, a studio flunky in Barton Fink, and a private investigator in The Big Lebowski. Polito also played Det. Steve Crosetti on Homicide: Life on the Street.
More recently, he appeared in It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Bunheads, and Modern Family.
Polito is survived by his longtime partner, actor Darryl Armbruster. The couple began dating back in 2000.
Armbruster, an actor and musician, hails from the Pacific Northwest.
As an actor his filmography includes roles in Revenge of the Red Baron (with a then unknown Tobey Maguire and the legendary Mickey Rooney).
As a musician he was formerly in the group The Dan Band.
In 1998 he began a six year run as a backup singer/dancer with the novelty act The Dan Band in which he will still make occasional guest appearances. During his tenure with The Dan Band he appeared in the film Old School. On television in Two Guys and Girl and as a regular on Pajama Party for the Oxygen Network, as well as countless live appearances in front of Hollywood A-listers.
He studied with renowned acting teacher Harry Mastrogeorge for four years.
According to his LinkedIn, he has been a member of the Elephant Theatre Company for 20 years. His work with the Elephants includes the hit show 7 Redneck Cheerleaders and his LA Weekly and ShowMag nominated turn as Carlton Tanner in Dearboy’s War with Chad Allen.
Darryl Armbruster and Jon Polito worked together on the dark comedy 86′d –about collective moral equivalency in a late-night diner.
We send our condolences.
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