Actor and comedian Mike Batayeh, known for his memorable role as the manager of Gus’s renowned laundry in the hit series Breaking Bad, has passed away at the age of 52. According to a report from Variety, Batayeh’s family revealed that he suffered a heart attack while sleeping at his home in Michigan on June 1. In a statement, his family expressed their deep sadness and announced the loss of their beloved brother, emphasizing his remarkable ability to bring laughter and joy to many lives.
A memorial ceremony will be held on June 16 at 2 p.m. at the Vermeulen-Sajewski Funeral Home in Plymouth, Michigan, in accordance with information provided by Variety.
Another actor #DiedSuddenly
Mike Batayeh suffered a heart attack in his sleep.
He was only 52 years old 💉
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Batayeh gained recognition for his portrayal of Dennis Markowski, the manager of the Lavanderia Brillante laundromat, which also served as a meth lab for the characters Walter White and Jesse Pinkman in AMC’s Breaking Bad. He also appeared in various television shows throughout his acting career, including It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Sleeper Cell, The Bernie Mac Show, Boy Meets World, and Everybody Loves Raymond. In addition, he co-starred in films such as Paul Weitz’s American Dreamz, Don’t Mess with the Zohan, Gas, and played the character of Mike in the 2012 film Detroit Unleaded.
Batayeh showcased his talent in comedy clubs of great repute such as New York’s Gotham, as well as Los Angeles’ Laugh Factory, Comedy Store, the Improv, and the Icehouse.
Notably, Batayeh was one of the early American comedians to perform for Middle Eastern audiences. He delighted crowds in Dubai, where he even filmed a special for Showtime Arabia. His performances extended to countries like Egypt, Lebanon, Nazareth, and Jordan. The Jordanian royal family invited him to appear at the Amman International Comedy Festival for two consecutive years, further cementing his status as a skilled comedian.
The entertainment industry mourns the loss of Mike Batayeh, a talented actor and comedian who left a lasting impact through his work on screen and on stage. He will be remembered for his contributions to the world of entertainment and the joy he brought to countless individuals.
Rest in peace, Mike Batayeh. You