Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D actor Vachik Mangassarian shared anti-vaxx conspiracy theories before dying of Covid complications aged 78

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Hollywood actor Vachik Mangassarian, 78, has died of COVID-19 complicationsThe star posted a series of anti-vax posts on his Facebook late last year Although he didn't write his opinions on the post, he shared political posts calling the vaccine 'anti-choice' and 'Let's go Brandon' cartoons He was known for starring as Qasim Zaghlul in Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.DBorn in Iran and of Armenian descent, he emigrated to the US when he was 23Mangassarian also landed roles in Curb Your Enthusiasm and NCIS: Los Angeles 

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D actor Vachik Mangassarian shared a series of anti-vaxx conspiracy theory memes on his Facebook before he died of Covid-19 complications aged 78.

His manager confirmed on Tuesday that the star, who was vaccinated, died in Burbank, California.

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Mangassarian was best known for starring as Qasim Zaghlul in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but also had roles in Curb Your Enthusiasm and NCIS: Los Angeles, as well as others. 

The star reportedly got vaccinated as it was required to continue filming, his talent agent Valerie McCaffery told the Daily Beast, as ‘his desire to work became more important to him.’ 

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‘I know about his original stance, but after I had a talk with him, his desire to work became more important to him,’ McCaffery told the outlet on Tuesday. 

However, just a few months ago, the actor took a strong stance on social media about his feelings on the COVID-19 vaccine. Although he never uttered a written word on it, he did share a series of graphics and cartoons that vividly described his stance for him. 

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From ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ cartoons to 1984 author George Orwell quotes, Mangassarian made his thoughts clear among his almost 1,000 Facebook friends.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D actor Vachik Mangassarian, 78, (pictured) has died of Covid complications

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D actor Vachik Mangassarian, 78, (pictured) has died of Covid complications

Mangassarian appeared in several TV shows, including Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (pictured with costar Breck Denny)

Mangassarian appeared in several TV shows, including Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (pictured with costar Breck Denny)

In several posts, the Marvel actor shared a cartoon depicting the vaccines and masks as ‘anti-choice’ with one depicting a man wearing a mask that is attached to a hand, making him a puppet, with words ‘This is not about a “virus!” This is about control’ written across it. 

Another showed a tired-looking man having to walk across a syringe to get to his ‘job’ where money was hooked to a fishing line across the gap. The cartoon was captioned with: ‘This is NOT a choice. This is coercion.’ 

Many of his posts suggested the virus and the pandemic itself was a conspiracy and the Democrats were behind it. 

In an October post, he shared a photo of a billboard that read: ‘I am more afraid of a Democrat in the White House than I am of COVID-19.’

In another post, he shared a picture of Democratic President Joe Biden bending over with a needle depicted near his rear end, with the derogatory phrase ‘Let’s go Brandon’ attached to it.

The graphic read: ‘Here’s what you can do with my dose, Joe. Let’s go Brandon!’ 

He also shared a George Orwell quote, who famously wrote the classic novel 1984 about government control, saying: ‘Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable.’ 

He also shared a post showing the ‘evolution of warfare’ that showed spears, rockets, bullets, and now a syringe. 

In another post, the actor made it clear he doesn’t like the vaccine mandates, especially vaccine passports, which have been popping up in cities like New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Burbank – where the actor died. 

The actor shared posts that called the vaccine anti-choice' and told Democratic President Joe Biden where to put 'his dose'

The actor shared posts that called the vaccine anti-choice’ and told Democratic President Joe Biden where to put ‘his dose’ 

The star also made his thoughts on vaccine mandates and passports clear

The star also made his thoughts on vaccine mandates and passports clear 

In a makeshift flyer, the post read: ‘For all of the businesses who are planning to make customers show proof of [vaccination] to enter your business. Start your banners now: “going out of business.” Mandates have never kept you in business, customers did!’ 

It is unclear when the actor got vaccinated and if his stance on vaccines had changed following inoculation. In the past few months, his social media veered toward set pictures and appreciating Old Hollywood. 

Mangassarian was of Armenian descent and was born in Iran in 1943. However, he moved to the US in the 1966 at the age of 23.

He started out as a waiter in Los Angeles but always hoped to become an actor and had roles when he was a young man in Iranian films and in theatre.

The star landed his first Hollywood role aged 35 when he played in 1978 film The South’s Shark.

He appeared in a string of TV shows before getting a role as a father in 2008 Persian-language American film The Stoning of Soraya M starring American film legend Jim Caviezel. 

In recent months, the actor (pictured with Jane Fonda) shifted to share more pictures of friends and on set

In recent months, the actor (pictured with Jane Fonda) shifted to share more pictures of friends and on set

Vachik Mangassarian (left) and Navid Negahban in The Stoning of Soraya M, a Persian-language drama made in 2008

Vachik Mangassarian (left) and Navid Negahban in The Stoning of Soraya M, a Persian-language drama made in 2008

Michael Landon, Vachik Mangassarian, and Nehemiah Persoff in 1984 film Highway to Heaven

Michael Landon, Vachik Mangassarian, and Nehemiah Persoff in 1984 film Highway to Heaven

It was for his portrayal of a world-famous architect, Qasim Zaghlul, in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D that Mangassarian will best be remembered for.

After his spell in Marvel in 2013 he took up a guest starring role in Curb Your Enthusiasm four years later and played his final role in 2019 for NCIS: Los Angeles.

Mangassarian was a passionate advocate for the Armenian community and had a radio and a TV show focused on art, film and politics called The Armenian National Network, which he hosted for 10 years.

Following his death Mangassarian’s former colleagues and fans took to social media to pay their respects to the actor.

One said: ‘Rest in Peace. Such a kind man. I had the pleasure of working with him years ago.’

Another added: ‘I am shocked. He will be missed.’ 

He is survived by his sisters Linda Lalaian and Elda Hacopian.

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