Published: Sat, December 07, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Ron Leibman, Who Played Rachel's Dad on 'Friends,' Dies at 82

Ron Leibman, Who Played Rachel's Dad on 'Friends,' Dies at 82

Tony-winning actor Ron Leibman, who was known for his remarkable performance in Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and his role as Rachel's dad in uber-popular sitcom Friends, passed away on December 6 at the age of 82. "Our thoughts go out to his wife, Jessica (Walter), and his family", his agent said in a statement.

Throughout his lengthy career, Leibman held roles in television, on the stage, and in film.

Leibman, a native of NY, played Dr. Leonard Green on "Friends" as a no-nonsense father who gave grief to David Schwimmer's character Ross, the romantic interest of Aniston's Rachel. That same year, he received an Emmy for his role in "Kaz".

Leibman was married to actress Linda Lavin from 1969-1981, and then to Jessica Walter from 1983 until his death He co-starred with Walter in Tartuffe at the Los Angeles Theatre Center in 1986, and they appeared in Neil Simon's Rumors in 1988 on Broadway.

In 2013, Ron appeared as his recurring character Ron Cadillac in the TV series Archer.

Our thoughts are with Ron's family and friends during this hard time.

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"I've been a professional actor for 35 years", he said.

He added: "I said, 'All right". I'll do it. I'll do it once, but that's all I'm doing.' So I did, and had a very nice time, and they asked me back, and my daughter did get to meet those kids, so I was a big hero in the house.

Sally Field, who won an Oscar for "Norma Rae", playing a textile worker to Leibman's labor organizer, paid tribute to the actor on Twitter.

Actress Sally Field wrote on Twitter: "So numerous best memories of my career, have Ron Leibman in them". She thanked him "for being my champion".

Another fan commented: "RIP Ron Leibman".

"Farewell to one of cinema's greatest smilers: Ron Leibman", a fourth wrote.

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