Tony-winning actor Ron Leibman, best known for roles in Angels in America: Millenium Approaches and Friends, died on Friday at age 82, The Wrap reported.
According to the Daily Mail, the cause of death was complications from pneumonia.
Liebman, a native of New York, got his start in acting in 1956 on the soap opera The Edge of Night. He made his film acting debut in 1970 with Where’s Poppa? and then starred in The Hot Rock, Slaughterhouse-Five, and The Super Cops in the first half of the 1970s.
He received an Emmy for the TV series Kaz, which he created, in 1974. He also starred opposite Sally Field in Norma Rae in 1979.
In the early 1990s, he portrayed closeted gay power-broker Roy Cohn on Broadway in a Tony-winning role in Angels in America, a play by Tony Kushner that chronicled AIDS in the 1980s.
“Incredibly talented actor”
Liebman played Rachel Green’s father, Dr. Leonard Green, on Friends from 1996 to 2004. He continued to appear in movies, including Garden State in 2004.
His final role was voicing Ron Cadillac in the darkly comic animated series, Archer.
Liebman’s agent, Robert Attermann, CEO of Abrams Artists Agency, said of his death, “We at Abrams Artists Agency are saddened to hear the news of Ron’s passing. Ron was an incredibly talented actor with a distinguished career in film, TV, and theater. Our thoughts go out to his wife, Jessica, and his family.”
Fans and colleagues including director Dan Pasternack paid tribute to Liebman on Twitter.
20+ years ago, I cast my friend Ron Liebman on a sitcom that was shooting in LA when he and his wife Jessica were in the process of moving from LA to NY. I said was sorry for upending his life. He said, “Never apologize for being a good friend bearing good paying work.” RIP pal.
— Dan Pasternack (@DanPasternack) December 7, 2019
Diverse body of work
Liebman’s career spanned six decades and included a great variety of roles in both drama and comedy. Besides the Emmy and Tony award, he was also nominated for a Golden Globe in
From 1969 to 1981, he was married to actress Linda Lavin (Alice). He married Arrested Development actress Jessica Walter in 1983, and is survived by Walter and his stepdaughter, TV executive Brooke Bowman.
He and Walter worked together in Tartuffe at the Los Angeles Theatre Center in 1986, in Neil Simon’s play Rumors in 1988, in the TV series Law & Order in the episode “House Counsel” in 1995, and finally on Archer in 2009.