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Chuck Low dies; real estate developer, actor in ‘Goodfellas’ was 89

Chuck Low befriended Robert De Niro when the

Chuck Low befriended Robert De Niro when the actor lived in one of Low's buildings. The real estate developer went on to appear in films including 1990's "Goodfellas" and 1992's "Scent of a Woman." Credit: Invision/AP / Andy Kropa

ALLENDALE, N.J. — A real estate developer whose friendship with Robert De Niro led him to an acting career that included a notable appearance in “Goodfellas” has died. Charles Low was 89.

Low, who went by Chuck, died Sept. 18 at a nursing home in New Jersey.

Low and De Niro developed a friendship after the actor became a tenant in a building Low owned in New York City. Low went on to act in several films, including 1982’s “The King of Comedy,” 1984’s “Once Upon a Time in America” and 1992’s “Scent of a Woman,” and also appeared on the 1999-2007 HBO series “The Sopranos.”

Low’s most notable role came in 1990’s “Goodfellas,” where he played wig salesman Morris “Morrie” Kessler. The character was stabbed in the back of his head.

Low’s family says his funeral was held Sept. 20 in Elmont.

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