Ron Leibman (October 11, 1937 – December 6, 2019) was an American actor. He won both the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play in 1993 for his performance as Roy Cohn in Angels in America. Leibman also won a Primetime Emmy Award for his role as Martin 'Kaz' Kazinsky in his short-lived crime drama series Kaz. Later in his career, Leibman became widely known for providing the voice of Ron Cadillac in Archer and for playing Dr. Leonard Green, Rachel's rich, short-tempered father, on the sitcom Friends.
Leibman in the mid 1970s
|Born||October 11, 1937|
Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
|Died||December 6, 2019 82) (aged|
Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
|Education||Ohio Wesleyan University|
(m. 1969; div. 1981)
Early life and education
Leibman was born in Manhattan to Grace (née Marks), who was of Russian-Jewish descent, and Murray Leibman, a Russian-Jewish immigrant who worked in the garment business. Leibman graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University.
Leibman made his film debut alongside George Segal in the dark comedy Where's Poppa? (1970). He then starred alongside Robert Redford and Segal in the heist film The Hot Rock (1972) and he was featured as a northern Jewish union organizer in the award-winning movie Norma Rae (1979). His other film appearances include Slaughterhouse-Five (1972), Zorro: The Gay Blade (1981), Auto Focus (2002) and Garden State (2004).
Leibman won an Emmy Award, Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series, in 1979 for his convict-turned-lawyer character in Kaz (1978–79), a series which he also created and co-wrote. He was later nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for the role of Morris Huffner in Christmas Eve.
He co-starred with his second wife, Jessica Walter, in Tartuffe at the Los Angeles Theatre Center in 1986, and they co-starred again in Neil Simon's play Rumors in 1988 on Broadway. They also appeared together as husband and wife in the film Dummy (2003) and in the TV series Law & Order in the episode "House Counsel" in 1995.
He played Dr. Leonard Green, Rachel Green's overbearing father, on the sitcom Friends. He had a recurring role on The Sopranos as Dr. Plepler. In 1983, Leibman starred in the Australian movie Phar Lap as David J. Davis, the owner of legendary New Zealand/Australian racehorse Phar Lap, which won the 1930 Melbourne Cup and the 1932 Agua Caliente Handicap.
Personal life and death
Leibman died from complications of pneumonia in Manhattan on December 6, 2019, at age 82.
|1956||The Edge of Night||Johnny||Television debut|
|1963||The DuPont Show of the Week||Carmatti||Episode: "Ride with Terror"|
|1963||Ride with Terror||Carmatti||Television movie|
|1966||Hawk||Eddie Toll||Episode: "The Man Who Owned Everyone"|
|1975||The Art of Crime||Roman Grey||Television movie|
|1975||Police Story||Ray Oberstar||Episode: "Vice: 24 Hours"|
|1977||Martinelli, Outside Man||Richie Martinelli||Television movie|
|1978||A Question of Guilt||Detective Louis Kazinsky||Television movie|
|1978–1979||Kaz||Martin 'Kaz' Kazinsky||Series regular / also writer; 23 episodes|
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
|1980||Linda in Wonderland||Unknown||Television movie|
|1981||Rivkin: Bounty Hunter||Rivkin||Television movie|
|1985||Comedy Story||Joey Caruso||Episode: "Side by Side", also writer|
|1986||Many Happy Returns||Jerry Brenner||Television movie|
|1986||Christmas Eve||Morris Huffner||Television movie|
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television
|1987||ABC Afterschool Specials||Sam Greene||Episode: "Class Act: A Teacher's Story"|
|1988||Terrorist on Trial: The United States vs. Sam Ajami||Simon Resnick||Television movie|
|1988||Aaron's Way||Unknown||Episode: "The Men Will Cheer and the Boys Will Shout"|
|1990–1992||Murder, She Wrote||Darryl Heyward / Roland Trent||2 episodes|
|1991–1992||Pacific Station||Detective Al Burkhardt||Series regular; 13 episodes|
|1992||Fish Police||Voice, Episode: "The Codfather"|
|1995||Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man||Geofredo||Episode: "Papa Oom M.O.W. M.O.W.|
|1995–1996||Central Park West||Allen Rush||Voice, Series regular; 21 episodes|
|1995–2000||Law & Order||Barry Nathanson / Mark Paul Kopell||2 episodes|
|1996–2004||Friends||Dr. Leonard Green||Recurring role; 4 episodes|
|1996||Rugrats||Rabbi / Old Man||Voice, Episode: "Chanukah"|
|1997||Don King: Only in America||Harry Shondor||Television movie|
|1998–2002||Holding the Baby||Stan Peterson||Series regular; 13 episodes|
|2001||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Stan Villani||Recurring role; 4 episodes|
|2003||The Practice||Attorney Robert Colby||Episode: "Concealing Evidence"|
|2006||The Sopranos||Dr. Lior Plepler||Recurring role; 3 episodes|
|2013–2016||Archer||Ron Cadillac||Voice, Recurring role; 9 episodes|
|1959||Legend of Lovers||Orpheus|
|1959||A View From the Bridge||Rudolfo|
|1963||Dear Me, The Sky is Falling||Peter Nemo|
|1963||Bicycle Ride to Nevada||Rip Calabria|
|1964||The Deputy||Captain Slazer||316 performances|
|1965||The Critic||Mr. Puff|
|1966–1967||Room Service||Gordon Miller|
|1967||The Poker Session||Teddy|
|1967–1968||The Three Sisters||Solyony|
|1968||We Bombed in New Haven||Sergeant Henderson||85 performances|
|1968||Long Day's Journey into Night||Unknown|
|1970||Room Service||Gordon Miller|
|1976||Rich and Famous||Various Roles|
|1977||Richard III||Richard III|
|1980–1981||I Ought to Be in Pictures||Herb||324 performances|
|1982||Children of Darkness||Count LaRuse|
|1983||Don Pasquale||Don Pasquale|
|1988–1990||Rumors||Lenny Ganz||535 performances|
|1993||Angels in America: Millennium Approaches||Roy Cohn||Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play|
Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play
|1994||Angels in America: Perestroika||Nominated – Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play|
|1995||The Merchant of Venice||Shylock||Nominated – Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play|
|1998||A Dybbuk, or Between Two Worlds||Rabbi Azriel||Nominated – Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play|
|1999–2000||Adam Baum||Sam Baum|
|2001||A Connecticut Yankee||Launcelot|
|2002||God of Vengeance||Jack Chapman|
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- Arkatov, Janice. " 'Tartuffe' Stars Aren't Just Acting As A Couple" Los Angeles Times, July 15, 1986
- Ron Leibman at the Wisconsin Historical Society's Actors Studio audio collection.
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- Bosworth, Patricia. "Ron Lunt and Linda Fontanne?" The New York Times, May 31, 1970
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He had been divorced in 1981 from actress Linda (Alice) Lavin after a 12-year, childless marriage (she is now married to actor Kip Niven), and Jessica had long since recovered from the 1978 breakup of her 12-year marriage to Ross Bowman,
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