Award Winning American Actor and Veteran Dies in Sleep at 89

October 03, 2017Oct 03, 2017

Reports came out on Tuesday that the "Goodfellas" actor Morrie Kessler has passed away. The 89-year-old died in his sleep on September 18. 

Kessler was a good friend of Robert De Niro's. Before the two co-starred together in "Goodfellas," Low was De Niro's landlord in New York.

Low lived a long and accomplished life, with several awards to show for it. The late actor served for 30 years as a reserve in the U.S. military, on top of four years of active duty. He then spent eight years in the National Guard. 

After serving in the military, the veteran decided to enter the family business, developing and manufacturing lines of marine instruments. Low worked in that industry until the 1960s, when he decided to get a brokerage license. 

Low began converting industrial buildings in Tribeca into lofts. This is where he first met Robert De Niro, who would later become a close friend and eventually a coworker.

Low's acting career included roles in "The Sopranos," "The Mission," "Once Upon a Time in America," and others. His most notable role was that of Morris "Morrie" Kessler in "Goodfellas."

Low passed away in the night at the Allendale Nursing Home in New Jersey. Reportedly, Robert De Niro and Liam Neeson had visited Low several times during his stay at the nursing home. Two days after his death, Low received full military honors at his funeral. 

Low's death came just a week after another co-star of his passed away. Frank Vincent passed away from heart surgery complications at the age of 80.

No matter the age or circumstance, it is always difficult to lose close family and friends. Please be praying for Low's family during this time.

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