George Remini Biography
George Anthony Remini was the estranged father of The King of Queens alum Leah Remini. She shared a series of throwback pictures Opens a New Window. with her father, George Anthony Remini, alongside a lengthy caption that revealed her sister, Nicole Remini, was “contacted by a stranger” about his death.
— Denise Stark (@DSStandLeague) October 7, 2017
On Sunday, Remini accused Scientology officials of dictating the last chapter of her relationship with her father. The church “took my dad in as a pawn against me” and “likely robbed him of any last ounce of heart,” she said.
Leah Remini Father and Mother
Video interview of George Remini, father of Leah – spilling the beans on her smear campaign. https://t.co/TG03d6Gh17
— Edward Parkin (@EPStandLeague) November 8, 2017
Leah’s father George Remini and his wife Dana have depicted Leah as the person she really is: heartless, not giving, instead of one who only cares about herself, who will only do something if it benefits her directly, and one who leaves their family out to dry.
I didn’t think George Remini was in Scientology. I know they used him and he and his wife were all too willing to talk on video. He was very ignorant about Scientology in the interview. The “church” facilitated the fractured relationship though for sure.
— Unapologetically Centrist (@AmACentrist) September 23, 2019
Like when she wouldn’t pay for her father’s cancer testing. The no testing resulted in a year later Leah’s father George discovering he did have cancer, requiring surgery. Leah’s father explains how when he reached out for a little help, Leah dragged her feet and didn’t fulfill a promise to pay $1,500 for a cancer test he desperately needed, an amount he said is “a pair of shoes for her.”
George Remini Death
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On Friday, I received a message from my sister Nicole, who had been contacted by a stranger passing on his condolences for the passing of our father, George Anthony Remini. We had no idea that he had died a month ago. We weren’t aware that he had been sick leading up to his death. A funeral came and went and none of us knew anything about it. We were not able to say goodbye. He was not able to redeem himself, to ask for forgiveness for his failures and hurts, to become a better man to those of us who couldn’t help but love him. If you read my book, you’ll know my father and I had a difficult relationship, but I always forgave him with a daughter’s painfully endless love and hope. Regardless of his neglect and abuse, I had hoped to one day have some closure. I hoped for him to acknowledge who he had been and what he had done to us as his children. That alone would have been healing in its own way. We never got that, yet I can’t help but grieve. I am angry at myself for crying for someone who didn’t ever cry for me. I am angry that I still wanted this man’s love, I’m angry that the last chapter in our relationship was dictated by Scientology. Scientology took my dad in as a pawn against me and likely robbed him of any last ounce of heart that might have been left in him. I’m angry that Scientology found his personal weak spots and got him on board not with their beliefs but with their smear campaign against me. That was his last presence in my life. Knowing my father, after taking the offer from Scientology to betray me, he wouldn’t have thought that he could ever come back from that in our relationship. If he thought that, though, he would have been wrong. I would have forgiven him as I always did. The little girls inside of my sisters and me will never forgive Scientology for taking away our last chance to have the one thing we always wanted from our father… And that was for him to say “I’m sorry and I loved you.”
“We had no idea that he had died a month ago. We weren’t aware that he had been sick leading up to his death,” Leah wrote. “A funeral came and went and none of us knew anything about it. We were not able to say goodbye. He was not able to redeem himself, to ask for forgiveness for his failures and hurts, to become a better man to those of us who couldn’t help but love him.”
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The New York native went on to explain that fans who have read her book, Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, will “know my father and I had a difficult relationship, but I always forgave him with a daughter’s painfully endless love and hope.”