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Ron Leibman, Rachel Green’s father in TV show ‘Friends’, dies at 82

/ 04:09 PM December 08, 2019
Ron Leibman, Jessica Walter

Ron Leibman (L) with his wife Jessica Walter at the 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Image: AP/Chris Pizzello

Actor Ron Leibman passed away at the age of 82 last Friday, Dec. 6. Leibman is the actor who played Rachel Green’s (Jennifer Aniston) father, Dr. Leonard Green, in the hit American television sitcom “Friends”.

The Tony Award-winning actor died of pneumonia in New York City, two representatives of Leibman’s family told The Hollywood Reporter on the same day.

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His career took off in 1970 with the movie “Where’s Poppa?”, Deadline cited on Dec. 6.

Leibman won his Tony in 1993 for his performance as Roy Cohn in Tony Kushner’s acclaimed play about AIDS, “Angels in America: Millennium Approaches”. He also co-starred with Oscar-winner Sally Field in another critically acclaimed film “Norma Rae” (1979), about factory workers and unions.

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Leibman was first married to actress Linda Lavin from 1969 to 1981 before he remarried in 1983. He and actress Jessica Walter were together as a couple until his last breath.

The actor was constantly seen working in film, TV and on stage, as per report. Beyond being an actor, Leibman was also a mentor. He taught at The New School for Drama in New York City until his death. JB

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