, longtime acting coach who taught several of today's high-profile stars, died August 6 of natural causes at L.A.'s Cedar Sinai Hospital. He was 86.
Markota's pupils including Emmy-winners Bryan Cranston
, Mariska Hargitay
and John Larroquette, along with performers including Sherri Shepard, Mary Hart
, T.K. Carter
and Rick Dees
He was CEO of the Van Mar Academy of Motion Picture & Television Acting and the former president of the Acting Coaches & Teachers Association. After opening the Van Mar Academy in 1967, he earned a reputation as an effective no-nonsense teacher.
He was also an actor himself, appearing in 1967's "In Like Flint," 1992's "Waxwork II: Lost in Time" and the 1960s ABC
series "Land of Giants." Throughout his acting career, he studied at 22 different schools and workshops.
Markota also served as a paratrooper in WWII.
Funeral services will be held Friday, August 16 at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park in Westlake Village, Calif.
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