Fox News reports that actor Gregory Itzin died at the age of 74.
Lisa Gallant, Itzin’s manager, revealed that Itzin died during emergency surgery. But, she did not reveal what the surgery was for. We do know that Itzin has had heart issues in the past, having suffered a major heart attack back in 2015.
Gallant’s statement also reveals that Itzin spent his final days with his family.
The statement reads:
His love for the arts was only surpassed by his love for his family. Greg was married to the love of his life, Judie for 43 years and has two children, who were his pride and joy: Wilke (also an actor) and Julia (an artist) and a grandson Wylder Gregory, the apple of his eye. His last days were spent in the midwest with his sister Pamela and niece and nephew, Deidre and Aaron, and great-niece and nephew, Claire and Cole, along with his son and grandson.
Who was he?
Itzin was a veteran actor, having, for decades, appeared on Broadway and television as well as on the big screen.
Itzin has credits in the Star Trek franchise, appearing in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Enterprise. Itzin has also appeared in NCIS, Friends, The Mentalist, Desperate Housewives, and more.
It is probably his role on 24 for which Itzin is most widely known.
The New York Post reports:
While the veteran actor was featured in a slew of TV shows and movies, his biggest role was on “24” as the diabolical politician Charles Logan. His character is first vice president, then goes on to become commander in chief when the president is hurt in a terrorist attack.
“I love you pops”
Itzin’s son Wilke posted a touching tribute to his father on Instagram on Thursday.
“I was able to say goodbye but was truly hoping that it wasn’t true,” Wilke wrote. “It is hard to put into words the life of a man lived to its fullest.”
Wilke included a number of photographs as part of the tribute.
“I will never feel like we had enough time together,” Wilke continued. “I love you pops and I really don’t know what I’m going to do without you. You were loved by all and we will miss you tremendously. Although bittersweet, I am glad we got to spend these last few days together.”