Carmen Argenziano
Carmen Argenziano

The 75-year-old actor – who was best known for portraying Jacob Carter on ‘Stargate SG-1’ – sadly died on Saturday (09.02.19), with his cause of death currently unknown, his acting agency Event Horizon has confirmed.

Carmen shot to fame as Michael’s Buttonman in 1974’s ‘The Godfather: Part II’ alongside Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton and Robert Duvall.
He appeared in over 50 movies and around 100 television movies/series.

He played General Carter – who was also known as Selmak – on popular sci-fi show ‘Stargate SG-1’ for 25 episodes between 1998 and 2005.

In a lengthy statement sharing the sad news, the agency wrote on Facebook: “It is with a heavy heart and more sadness than anyone can realize right now that I announce the passing of client Carmen Argenziano at the age of 75.

“His acting career began in the early 1970s and included a turn in The Godfather, Part II.

“Carmen worked steadily over more than 40 years and was a staple character actor on our televisions throughout that time, including on series such as Cheers, Melrose Place, ER, CSI:NY and many others, while also lending his talents to films both tentpole and intimate.

“To genre fans, he is best known for his role as Jacob Carter/Selmak on the series ‘Stargate SG-1’, a role he relished and recurred in for seven years.

“While Carmen was a client, he was also a good friend.

“While he was a class act and a consummate gentleman at the events he was booked for, he was also a caring and generous person.

“While I had known him for more than a decade, it wasn’t until the past three years as a representative for him that our trust and friendship grew and blossomed.

“He truly treated me like family, and that sentiment was returned.

“Please join me in sending thoughts and prayers to Carmen’s family and loved ones during this difficult time.
“Godspeed, my friend. (sic)”

Carmen also had recurring roles in the TV shows ‘Booker’, ‘L.A. Law’, ‘Melrose Place’ and ‘The Young and the Restless.

He was awarded the Los Angeles Drama Critics’ Circle Award for his performance as Jack Delasante in Thomas Babe’s ‘A Prayer for My Daughter’.

His last role was 2018’s comedy short ‘The Real King Lear’ and Carmen had a number of acting jobs in the works, including a role as Father Elias in the action movie ‘Legion Maxx’, which is currently in post-production and due out later this year.

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