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Vachik Mangassarian Dies: Longtime Character Actor In ‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’, ‘Stoning Of Soraya M.’ & More Was 78

Vachik Mangassarian, a personality actor with dozens of credit in conjunction with Shock’s Brokers of S.H.I.E.L.D., Curb Your Enthusiasm and performance The Stoning of Soraya M., has died. He changed into once 78.

His reps at McCaffrey Skills Management advised Closing date that he died Saturday of Covid considerations.

Born in Iran of Armenian descent in 1943, Mangassarian got here to the U.S. within the mid-1960s, working in theater and customarily returning to Iran, where he had roles in movies in conjunction with some by Iranian director Samuel Khachikian. He at final landed his first Hollywood role in The South’s Shark (1978).

By the mid-’80s, he began scoring guest photos on such standard sequence as The Descend Guy, The A-Crew, Sledge Hammer! and Abolish, She Wrote. Mangassarian would work gradually by the 2010s, guesting on shows in conjunction with Murphy Brown, Falcon Crest, Jake and the Fatman, NYPD Blue and JAG, along with some telefilms.

Mangassarian landed a key role in Cyrus Nowrasteh’s 2008 movie The Stoning of Soraya M., playing the father of a younger lady sentenced to death amid fraudulent charges. Starring Shohreh Aghdashloo and Jim Caviezel, the movie won an NAACP Image Award, took prizes on the Los Angeles and Ghent movie fairs and changed into once nominated for the Folks’s Preference Award on the Toronto Global Film Festival.

Mangassarian additionally changed into once instrumental in getting the script for Misplaced and Realized in Armenia made into a movie, which bought a U.S. theatrical release in 2012. It starred Angela Sharafyan and Jamie Kennedy and changed into once the first time in Armenian cinematic history that Armenian and American actors conducted in identical blueprint.

After that, the actor endured to land guest-important person TV roles on such sequence as Shock’s Brokers of S.H.I.E.L.D., Curb Your Enthusiasm and NCIS: Los Angeles. Mangassarian additionally anchored his dangle radio and later tv remark, The Armenian Nationwide Network for 10 years.

Survivors encompass two sisters, Linda Lalaian of Glendale and Elda Hacopian of Maryland and their spouses; nephews Derek Hacopian and Ara Hacopian and niece Aida Hacopian.

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