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

Leibman won a Tony award in 1993 for his performance in “Angels in America”

Last Updated: December 6, 2019 @ 4:05 PM

Ron Leibman, the actor who played Rachel Green’s father on “Friends,” Dr. Leonard Green, has died at the age of 82.

His agent, Robert Attermann of Abrams Artists Agency, confirmed Leibman’s death to TheWrap.

“We at Abrams Artists Agency are saddened to hear the news of Ron’s passing,” Attermann said in a statement. “Ron was an incredibly talented actor with a distinguished career in film, TV and theatre. Our thoughts go out to his wife, Jessica, and his family.”

Over Leibman’s long acting career, which began in the late 1950s, Leibman won a Tony for his role in the 1993 play “Angels in America.” He also won an Emmy in 1979 for best lead actor in the drama series “Kaz,” on which he played the title character, Martin “Kaz” Kazinsky.

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.”

His last television credit was the voice of Ron Cadillac in the animated series “Archer.” Other TV roles he played have been on “The Sopranos,” “Law and Order: SVU,” “Rugrats,” “Holding the Baby,” and “Pacific Station.”

His film credits include 1972’s “Slaughterhouse-Five,” 1974’s “Super Cops,” 1972’s “Where’s Poppa” and “The Hot Rock.” His first credited role was in the TV movie “The Edge of Night” in 1956.

Leibman was also a credited writer on “Kaz,” as well as on the 1983 TV movie “Dusty” and on an episode of “Comedy Factory” in 1985.

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