Published: Sun, December 08, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Ron Leibman, Friends Actor and Tony Winner, Dead at 82

Ron Leibman, Friends Actor and Tony Winner, Dead at 82

Rob Leibman, the 82-year-old actor, passed away in his hometown of New York City claims a report from TMZ.

Leibman is survived by his wife, Arrested Development star Jessica Walter, and stepdaughter, Brooke Bowman. He won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 1979 for his role as Martin "Kaz" Kazinsky in the crime drama series Kaz, which he also co-created. Best known for playing Rachel's (Jennifer Aniston) overbearing father, Dr Leonard Green in the popular sitcom F.R.I.E.N.D.S, Leibman died on December 6 in Manhattan, reported The New York Times.

Thanking his wife, actress Jessica Walter, he quipped: "Maybe we can get an apartment with a washer-dryer now".

For the winning performance, Leibman portrayed a fictional version of Senator Joseph McCarthy's chief counsel Roy Cohn in Angels in America: Millenium Approaches, which won a Pulitzer Prize.

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Leibman also acted opposite Sally Field as Rueben in the 1979 film "Norma Rae", and appeared in films such as 2004's "Garden State" and 1981's "Zorro: The Gay Blade".

During an interview with AV Club, he said: "The thing I can say about that is I had never seen the show when they asked me to do it". "'Angels in America' is my 10th Broadway play, and this is my first Tony nomination".

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

"No one will ever be hotter to me than Ron Leibman in NORMA RAE. look at that pinkie hooked on that fence. what a gorgeous actor", tweeted actress Zoe Kazan. An earlier marriage to actress Linda Lavin ended in divorce.

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