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Report: 'Bullitt' actor Pat Renella dies at 83

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Pat Renella

Pat Renella, known for roles such as a gangster killed by Steve McQueen in 1968 crime thriller Bullitt, has died. He was 83.

The actor’s niece confirmed to the Hollywood Reporter on Friday that Renella passed away Nov. 9 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after a long bout with chronic illness.

Over his decades long career, Chicago native Renella — with his dark-haired, dark-eyed good looks — appeared on TV shows such as Mannix, General Hospital, S.W.A.T. and McCloud, and in the 1967 teen rebellion cult classic film Riot on Sunset Strip. In Bullitt, he plays Johnny Ross, who fakes his murder to escape the mob, and is hunted down by a San Francisco police lieutenant played by lead McQueen. Renella is survived by his niece and sister.

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