Ron Leibman of ‘Friends’ fame passes away

Brenda Watkins
December 8, 2019

He also played the handsome union organiser, Reuben Warshowsky, who helps convince Sally Field's Norma Rae to unionise her cotton mill.

Leibman's impressive career wasn't limited to the stage though.

"Thank you, Ron. For my being my champion".

The Tony Awards also offered its condolences in a tweet.

"So sad to hear that Ron Leibman has passed away".

While best known for his role in the U.S. sitcom, Leibman had a decorated career in TV and film spanning six decades.

Mr. Leibman won an Emmy Award in 1979 for the short-lived CBS series "Kaz", which he created and starred in as Marvin Kazinsky, a onetime prison inmate who becomes a lawyer.

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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.

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

From the theater, Leibman got his first big break in the movie in 1972, when he played in front of Robert Redford as a speed-addicted escape driver in adapting to robbery of Donald E. Westlake The Hot Rock.

Ron Leibman's death has been confirmed by his agent at Abrams Artists Agency in the US.

He's also appeared in notable movies like Norma Rae, Slaughterhouse Five and Where's Poppa? Other credits included Your Three Minutes Are Up, Rhinestone, Night Falls on Manhattan, Auto Focus and Garden State.

Leibman is survived by his wife, Arrested Development actress Jessica Walter, and their stepdaughter, TV programming exec Brooke Bowman. He was previously married to actress Linda Lavin from 1969 to 1981.

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