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Ron Leibman, Friends and Norma Rae actor, dies at age of 82

Award-winning actor Ron Leibman, whose career in movies, theatre and television spanned six decades, died after an illness at the age of 82. Best known for playing Rachel s overbearing father, Dr Leonard Green in the popular sitcom Friends , Leibman died on December 6 in Manhattan, reported The New York Times. A spokeswoman for his wife, Arrested Development star Jessica Walter, said the cause of death was pneumonia. Primarily a stage actor, Leibman won an Emmy award in 1979 for the short-lived CBS series Kaz , which he created, and also has a Tony to credit for the play Angels in America . He played Cohn in the first part of Tony Kushner s monumental two-part play about homosexuality and the age of AIDS. Cohn, a conservative lawyer and closeted gay man who was once chief counsel to Senator Joseph R McCarthy and who died of AIDS in 1986, is a central figure in the work. On the big screen, Leibman s credits include films such as Norma Rae , Slaughterhouse-Five and Where s ...

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