Ron Leibman

Ron Leibman

Highest Rated: 90% Where's Poppa? (1970)

Lowest Rated: 0% Up the Academy (1980)

Birthday: Oct 11, 1937

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

This charismatic character lead excelled in quirky, explosive types and has been prominent on stage and TV since the 1960s. Ron Leibman was particularly applauded as the union organizer Ruben Warshawsky in Martin Ritt's "Norma Rae" (1979), in his Emmy-winning role as "Kaz" (CBS, 1978-79) and as Roy Cohn in Tony Kushner's two-part Broadway epic "Angels in America" (1993-94). Raised in an upper middle class family on Manhattan's Central Park West, Leibman broke into theater in 1959. After enjoying some success in "Dear Me, the Sky Is Falling" (1963) and "We Bombed in New Haven" (1968), he began making occasional feature films. The actor debuted as the gorilla-dressing brother in Carl Reiner's "Where's Poppa?" (1970). His other best-remembered parts included David Greenberg, the real-life street cop who formed half of the team nicknamed "The Super Cops" (1973) and as the smarmy antagonist in "Rhinestone" (1984). Leibman's other films have proven generally disappointing. He starred in Arthur Hiller's mistitled "Romantic Comedy" (1983) and was the commandant of a military school in the lame teen farce "Up the Academy" (1980), from which he attempted to have his name removed from the credits. The exceptions were the fine Australian-made horse racing saga, "Phar Lap" (1984) and Sidney Lumet's "Night Falls on Manhattan" (1997), in which he played an ambitious district attorney. In general, Leibman has found his talents unrewarded in Hollywood, but he has kept busy onstage in the modestly successful Neil Simon comedies, "I Ought to Be in Pictures" (1980) and "Rumors" (1989), in the latter alongside his second wife, Jessica Walter. He enjoyed a notable triumph onstage with his blistering, Tony-winning portrait of Joseph McCarthy's venomous right-hand man Roy Cohn in "Angels in America: Millennium Approaches" and "Angels in America: Perestroika." Leibman also garnered controversy for his portrayal of Shylock in a 1994 Off-Broadway production of Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice." Leibman's larger-than-life approach to roles often seemed ill-suited to the small screen as well. Although he has begun working in TV in the early 60s, he has not been able to find a successful series berth. While he earned praise and an Emmy for "Kaz," a show which he also created, it did not pull in the ratings. Neither did "Pacific Station" (NBC, 1991), a short-lived detective series. While Leibman brought class and verve to the recurring role of ruthless magazine publisher Allen Rush on the CBS sudser "Central Park West/CPW" (1995-96) and despite a heavy promotional effort, that series was also quickly canceled. He has found some success in the occasional role as the uptight father of Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) on the hit NBC sitcom "Friends." Formerly married to actress Linda Lavin, Leibman married Jessica Walter in 1983. Rob Leibman died on December 6, 2019 at the age of 82.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
41% 30% A Little Help Warren (Character) $85.8K 2010
86% 88% Garden State Dr. Cohen (Character) $26.8M 2004
71% 74% Dummy Lou (Character) $71.3K 2003
71% 61% Auto Focus Lenny (Character) $2.1M 2002
23% 38% Just the Ticket Barry the Book (Character) $427.9K 1999
No Score Yet 76% Don King: Only in America Harry Shondor (Character) - 1997
69% 66% Night Falls on Manhattan Morganstern (Character) $9.9M 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Seven Hours to Judgment David Reardon (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Terrorist on Trial: The United States vs. Salim Ajami Simon Resnick (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet 62% Christmas Eve Morris Huffner (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Many Happy Returns Jerry Brenner (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Door to Door Larry Price (Character) - 1984
15% 35% Rhinestone Freddie Ugo (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet 42% Romantic Comedy Leo Janowitz (Character) - 1983
88% 93% Phar Lap Dave Davis (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rivkin: Bounty Hunter Rivkin (Character) - 1981
43% 72% Zorro, the Gay Blade Captain Esteban (Character) - 1981
0% 42% Up the Academy Major Vaughn Liceman (Character) - 1980
89% 79% Norma Rae Reuben (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Question of Guilt Detective Louis Kazinsky (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Roman Grey: The Art of Crime Roman Grey (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Art of Crime Roman Grey (Character) - 1975
20% 60% Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood Rudy Montague (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet 65% The Super Cops David Greenberg (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Your Three Minutes Are Up Mike (Character) - 1973
64% 68% The Hot Rock Murch (Character) - 1972
81% 67% Slaughterhouse Five Paul Lazzaro (Character) - 1972
90% 69% Where's Poppa? Sidney Hocheiser (Character) - 1970

TV

Credit
90% 85% Archer Ron Cadillac (Guest Voice) 2013-2016
92% 98% The Sopranos Dr. Lior Plepler (Guest Star) 2006
No Score Yet 95% Friends Dr. Leonard Green (Guest Star) 2004 2001 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Practice Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 2000 1995
No Score Yet 94% Rugrats Rabbi/Old Man (Guest Voice) 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Central Park West Allen Rush (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
1995-1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1992 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Aaron's Way Unknown (Guest Star) 1988

QUOTES FROM Ron Leibman CHARACTERS

Jake Ferris says: What's it gonna take to buy out my contract? What?

Freddie Ugo says: (stares at her and stammers) Wa-wa-wa-wa.

Freddie Ugo says: Wa-wa-wa-wa.

Jake Ferris says: Don't say a night in the sack!

Freddie Ugo says: I'd never say anything like that! What's the matter with you? How about thirty minutes?

Dr. Cohen says: Of course you're all right. You're alive.