Carmen Argenziano, an actor familiar from hundreds of episodic TV guest spots, a recurring Stargate SG-1 role, an appearance in The Godfather Part 2 and, most recently, a TV commercial for AARP that cast him as the epitome of an helpful husband who takes the trash out before being asked, died Sunday. He was 75.
His death was announced by his personal appearance agency Event Horizon Talent. A cause of death was not disclosed.
With more than 200 credits lists on his IMdB page, Argenziano’s acting career stretches back 50 years to 1969’s Judd for the Defense, and proceeded on to appearances in such popular drama and cop series as Kojak, The F.B.I., Police Woman, Police Story and The Bionic Woman. He played one of Michael Corleone’s soldiers in The Godfather Part II, and later recurred on L.A. Law., CSI: NY and daytime’s The Young and the Restless.
Though mostly cast in police and crime dramas, Argenziano occasionally did sitcom guest spots, including Cheers and Designing Women.
To genre fans, he’ll best be remembered General Jacob Carter in 25 Stargate SG-1 episodes (1998 to 2005).
In a tribute posted by Event Horizon on its Facebook page, Argenziano was remembered as both a client and 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,” the tribute reads.
Most recently, Argenziano became a ubiquitous TV presence via a much-aired TV commercial for UnitedHealthcare AARP Medicare Supplement Plans. In the spot, titled “Car Talk,” Argenziano is driving a car when his wife in the passenger seat (she’s played by Aubrey Manning) says, “Honey, we need to talk.” Argenziano then offers that he’s already taken the trash out, to which the wife says, “I know, and thank you so much for that” before suggesting a purchase of supplemental health care. According to iSpot.TV, the ad has aired more than 10,600 times since 2013.
Argenziano is survived by his wife, Lisa, and three children.