MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Charles “Chuck” Low, the actor who played Morris “Morrie” Kessler, the wig shop owner who meets a grisly end in “Goodfellas,” died in his sleep on Sept. 18. He was 89 years old.
Low was a part-time Mahopac resident and also owned a home in Tarrytown.
He started in the military and then worked for the family business, which developed and manufactured all lines of marine instruments, before starting his own real estate company with the Lehman Bros. in the early 1960s.
He moved his business to Tribeca in the early 1970s where he spent more than a decade converting industrial buildings into lofts. One of his tenants was Robert DeNiro, whose friendship led Low to the part of Morrie.
Low also appeared in the movies “The Mission,” “King of Comedy,” “Once Upon a Time in America” and “Scent of a Woman” as well as TV shows “The Sopranos” and “100 Center Street.”
“Chuck (Low) lived life to the fullest, with a wit, intelligence and passion that was positive and contagious,” his obituary said. “His skill in anything to do with mechanical, electrical or physical engineering was exceptional. He befriended many, and tried to help his friends through rough times with intense dedication and kindness.”
“I knew him personally and met him on [Lake Mahopac] several times,” said Supervisor Ken Schmitt. “He lived on West Lake Boulevard. He was a good guy and he’ll be missed.”