Actor Dean Santoro, Screen Actors Guild Official, Dies
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Actor Dean Santoro, who served as campaign manager for Ed Asner’s successful bid as president of the Screen Actors Guild and held high posts in the nation’s two top actors’ unions, has died at the age of 49.
Santoro died Wednesday at Sherman Oaks Community Hospital. The nature of his illness was not disclosed.
Santoro was serving his second term as third national vice president of the guild when he died. He also was a national board member of the American Federation of Radio and Television Artists.
He was seen off-Broadway in ″Hadrian VII,″ and ″Borstal Boy″ and was in the cast of the daily soap opera ″As The World Turns,″ for four years and appeeared in more than 50 regional theater productions.
Santoro appeared in such shows as ″Dallas,″ ″Lou Grant,″ and ″House Calls,″ ″The Mary Tyler Moore Show,″ ″The Bob Newhart Show,″ ″Charlie’s Angels,″ ″Barney Miller,″ ″The Rockford Files,″ and ″Scarecrow and Mrs. King.″
He also appeared in the made-for-television movies, ″RFK: His Life And Times,″ ″Concrete Beat,″ and others.
Santoro was first elected to the guild’s board of directors in 1981, and was Asner’s campaign manager in a successful bid for the guild presidency.
When Asner was re-elected in 1983, Santoro was voted third vice president. Santoro was re-elected to that post when Patty Duke was voted president in 1985.
Santoro is survived by his mother and several brothers and sisters.