Ron Leibman, Rachel's Dad on Friends, Dies at 82

Carla Harmon
December 7, 2019

The award-winning New Yorker had a decorated career in film and television spanning 60 years.

Ron Leibman, best known for his Tony Award-winning performance as Roy Cohn in Broadway's Angels in America, has died.

Veteran actor Ron Leibman has passed away from complications from pneumonia at the age of 82.

Ron played short-tempered Dr Leonard Green on the popular United States sitcom, which starred Jennifer Aniston (as his character's daughter, Rachel Green) as well as Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer and Matthew Perry.

A statement from his agent read: "Ron was an incredibly talented actor with a distinguished career in film, TV and theatre".

Alongside his wife Jessica Walter, they appeared as an on-screen married couple in the 2003 film Dummy and in an episode of the TV series Law & Order. "Our thoughts go out to his wife, Jessica, and his family".

The role saw him play a domineering father who hates daughter Rachel's (Jennifer Aniston) boyfriend Ross (David Schwimmer).

Other recent roles include featuring in cult animated spy comedy Archer.

More recently, Leibman lend his voice for the recurring role of Ron Cadillac in FX's show "Archer", playing the husband of Malory Archer.

He made his film debut in the 1970 movie "Where's Poppa?" before going on to star in "The Hot Rock" two years later. He continued working steadily, then broke big with 1979's Norma Rae, where he played union organizer Reuben, the inspiration for Sally Field's bold stance against her textile overlords.

Crime writer Don Winslow wrote "Very sad. Very amusing man and a wicked sense of humor".

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