Photo of Maury Chaykin Maury Chaykin

A recognizable character actor who worked steadily in television and film, Maury Chaykin was born July 27, 1949, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to a Canadian mother and an American father. In 1974, he moved to Toronto, where he launched his acting career; Canada remained his home for the rest of his life.

More often than not, Chaykin was cast in supporting roles, appearing in popular fare such as WarGames (1983), Dances with Wolves (1990) and My Cousin Vinny (1992). He did, however, play the title character in A&E's "A Nero Wolfe Mystery" series (2001-02) after first starring in the made-for-TV movie The Golden Spiders: A Nero Wolfe Mystery (2000).

Toward the end of his career, Chaykin appeared in a semi-recurring role as a larger-than-life film producer (loosely based on real-life movie mogul Harvey Weinstein) on the HBO series "Entourage." Chaykin died on his 61st birthday on July 27, 2010.

Maury Chaykin in My Cousin Vinny

My Cousin Vinny

1992 R

When teenage buddies Billy (Ralph Macchio) and Stan (Mitchell Whitfield) are falsely accused of croaking a convenience-store clerk in a backwoods Southern town, Billy calls on his Noo Yawk cousin Vinny (Joe Pesci), a fast-talking personal injury lawyer who's never tried a case. Vinny's crass demeanor lands him in hot water with the judge, but the lippy Brooklyn barrister has a few tricks up his sleeve. Oscar winner Marisa Tomei plays his gal pal.

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