Mike Batayeh was an actor and comedian best known for playing the manager of Gus' famed laundry in the television series Breaking Bad. He was 52. Mike Batayeh suffered a heart attack on June 1 while resting at his Michigan home, his relatives said Variety. "My sisters and I announce the passing of our dear brother with deep sadness and heavy hearts," his family wrote. Those who loved him and benefited from his wonderful capacity to make so many others laugh and smile will miss him dearly. According to soures a memorial service will take place on June 16 at 2 p.m. at the Vermeulen-Sajewski Funeral Home in Plymouth, Michigan.
In three episodes of Breaking Bad, Mike Batayeh played Dennis Markowski, the manager of the laundry Lavanderia Brillante, which also doubled as Walter White and Jesse Pinkman's meth lab.
During his acting career, Mike Batayeh had appearances on episodes including It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Sleeper Cell, The Bernie Mac Show, Boy Meets World, and Everybody Loves Raymond. He played Mike in the 2012 movie Detroit Unleaded and co-starred in Paul Weitz's American Dreamz, Don't Mess with the Zohan, Gas, and other movies.
The actor has headlined and performed at renowned comedy clubs like Gotham in New York and the Laugh Factory, Comedy Store, Improv, and Icehouse in Los Angeles.
One of the first American comedians to perform for audiences in the Middle East was him. Along with shooting a Showtime Arabia special in Dubai, Mike Batayeh also performed in Dubai, Egypt, Lebanon, Nazareth, and Jordan. Mike Batayeh was given two consecutive invitations to perform at the Amman International Comedy Festival by the Jordanian royal family.