It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of actor Ben Gazzara, a star whose screen presence will possibly mean more to a lot of people than his not-too-familiar name.
Gazzara died in a Manhattan hospital on Friday 3 February as a result of his pancreatic cancer.
He first found fame in a stage production of Tennessee Williams'
Cat On A Hot Tin Roof
, but he went on to notch up well over a hundred TV and film appearances.
Most notable among his movie out put was Otto Preminger's
Anatomy Of A Murder
(which kickstarted his big screen career in 1959), and a brief but impactful role as porn baron Jackie Treehorn in
The Big Lebowski
We'll perhaps remember him most fondly as the scourge of the Double Deuce nightclub in '80s gem
, which saw him face off against Patrick Swayze's philosophising bouncer.
You're also likely to have seen him in everything from
The Thomas Crown Affair
Summer Of Sam
His gruff, piercing intensity was frequently utilised for tough-guy roles, such as the lead in
Our thoughts go out to Gazzara's wife and daughter.