Arnold “Arnie” Markowitz of Thousand Oaks, Calif., died May 3, 2016. He was born and raised in Newark and later moved to Paramus before moving to California in the late 1970s and to Las Vegas in 2003.
Mr. Markowitz made a career as a real estate developer in New Jersey until the late 70s. After relocating to southern California, where he continued to work in the real estate market until 1985, he became drawn to show business, and over the next 10 years, as Arnie Mathews, landed a variety of roles in daytime television soap operas such as General Hospital, Days of Our Lives, and The Young & the Restless. His feature film credits included Short Circuit, News at 11, and Murphy’s Law. He was also seen with the late Elizabeth Taylor in a popular longtime TV commercial. He was also involved in various aspects of television, motion picture, and print production, and voice-overs. After relocating to Las Vegas in 2003, he became a sales representative for Marriott Resorts and was one of its top producers until his retirement in 2010.
He graduated from Weequahic High School in Newark.
He was a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, and was honorably discharged from the service in 1952.
He is survived by his wife, Rita (Berger), whom he married in 1952; four sons and their wives, Bruce, Alan, Rick, and Todd; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Services were held May 5 with arrangements by Dignity Pierce Bros. Valley Oaks Memorial Park, Westlake Village, Calif.