Charles Lewis Low (July 21, 1928 – September 18, 2017)[1] was an American actor.

Chuck Low
Charles Lewis Low

(1928-07-21)July 21, 1928
DiedSeptember 18, 2017(2017-09-18) (aged 89)
Resting placeBeth David Cemetery, Elmont, New York
Other namesCharles Low
Chuck L. Low
Chuck Lewis Low
Years active1960-2017

Born to a Russian mother and Austrian-Polish father, Low achieved his biggest success as Morris "Morrie" Kessler in the Martin Scorsese film Goodfellas (1990). The character of Morrie was famous for his "Morrie's Wig Shop" commercial which is seen as comical, and that coupled with his penchant for pestering Jimmy Conway about money leads most of the characters to see him as a nuisance, leading to his eventual murder by Tommy DeVito. Kessler's character is based on Martin Krugman.

He has had small roles in other Robert De Niro films, such as The Mission, The King of Comedy, and most notably in Sergio Leone's 1984 film Once Upon a Time in America as Deborah and Fat Moe's father. He also guest starred in a first-season episode of The Sopranos, as Shlomo Teittleman. He can also be seen in Alan Taylor's 2006 film, Kill the Poor.

Low once served as Robert De Niro's real estate consultant and landlord.[2]

Low was a Veteran officer of the United States Army where he attained the rank of Major.


Year Title Role Starring Notes
1982 The King of Comedy Man in Chinese Restaurant Robert De Niro
1984 Once Upon a Time in America Deborah Gelly's Father Robert De Niro Uncredited
1986 The Mission Cabeza Robert De Niro
1990 Goodfellas Morris Kessler Robert De Niro
1992 Mistress Benrie
1992 Night and the City Freddy DiMario
1996 Sleepers Dance Judge Robert De Niro
2003 Kill the Poor Bruno (final film role)


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