Rest in Peace: Don Calfa


2016 has been brutal, taking away many of our favorite stars and just pretty much sucking all around. Well, the year has struck again as beloved character actor Don Calfa has passed away.

Calfa’s publicist Michael Perez tells the Associated Press that Calfa died Thursday in Palm Springs, CA, of natural causes. Calfa died two days before his 77th birthday.

Though genre fans will no doubt remember him for his role of mortician Ernie Kaltenbrunner in the classic film Return of the Living Dead, Calfa was quite prolific during his career, appearing in Weekend at Bernie’s, 10, 1941, and TV shows such as “Barney Miller,” “Hill Street Blues,” “Kojak,” and MANY more.

We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to thank Mr. Calfa for all the wondrous memories and to extend our sincerest of condolences to Don’s friends, family, and constituents. Rest in peace, sir. You will be sorely missed.

Don Calfa



Sign up for The Harbinger a Dread Central Newsletter