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Ron Leibman



The son of a Manhattan clothing manufacturer, Ron Leibman defied his family's wishes by dropping out of Wesleyan University to study at the Actor's Studio. Appearing in off-Broadway productions from 1959, Leibman made his Broadway debut in 1963's Dear Me, the Sky is Falling. He won an Obie Award for his work in Transfers, and a New York Drama Desk Award for We Bombed in New Haven. An undeniably major talent, Leibman's explosive temper and entrenched insistence upon integrity at all costs has lost him more jobs than he'd probably care to count (There are some who say that much of Leibman's fabled contentiousness was incorporated into Dustin Hoffman's character in Tootsie).



After resisting series TV for many years, Leibman accepted the role of Martin Kazinksi, ex-con turned lawyer, in the 1978 weekly Kaz; the show died after a single season, but not before he won an Emmy Award (At the time, he insisted he'd never do another series; in 1991, however, he could be seen as Detective Al Burkhardt on the weekly Pacific Station, and earlier had been one of the candidates for the starring role in the TV sitcom Coach). In films, Leibman seems to relish wildly extroverted roles: The relentless stalker of Billy Pilgrim in Slaughterhouse Five (1971), gonzo NYPD troubleshooter "Batman" in The Super Cops (1973), the out-of-town union organizer in Norma Rae (1979), the lithping Cathtillian heavy in Zorro the Gay Blade (1981), abrasive racing promoter Dave Davis in Phar Lap (1984), and Dolly Parton's greasy agent in Rhinestone (1985) (he was starred in Mad Presents Up the Academy, but had a falling out with the producers and insisted that his name be removed from the credits). Returning to Broadway in 1993, Leibman won a Tony Award for Angels in America. Once married to actress Linda Lavin, Ron Leibman is currently wed to actress Jessica Walter.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
41% A Little Help
  • Warren
2011
86% Garden State
  • Dr. Cohen
2004
70% Dummy
  • Lou
2003
72% Auto Focus
  • Lenny
2002
69% Personal Velocity: Three Portraits
  • Avram Herskovitz
2002
18% Just the Ticket
  • Barry The Book
1999
68% Night Falls on Manhattan
  • Morgenstern
1997
No Score Yet Terrorist on Trial: The U. S. vs. Salim Ajami
  • Simon Resnick
1993
No Score Yet Seven Hours to Judgment
  • David Reardon
1988
No Score Yet Terrorist on Trial: The United States vs. Salim Ajami (Hostile Witness)
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet Christmas Eve
  • Morris
1986
15% Rhinestone
  • Freddie
1984
No Score Yet Door to Door
  • Larry Price
1984
No Score Yet Romantic Comedy
  • Leo Janowitz
1983
100% Phar Lap (Phar Lap: Heart of a Nation)
  • Dave Davis
1983
43% Zorro, the Gay Blade
  • Esteban
1981
No Score Yet Up the Academy
  • Major
1980
90% Norma Rae
  • Reuben
1979
No Score Yet A Question of Guilt
  • Actor
1978
No Score Yet Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood
  • Rudy Montague
1976
No Score Yet The Art of Crime
  • Actor
1975
No Score Yet The Super Cops
  • David Greenberg
1974
77% Slaughterhouse-Five
  • Paul
1972
63% The Hot Rock
  • Murch
1972
100% Where's Poppa?
  • Sidney Hocheiser
1970

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
97% The Sopranos
1999-2007
  • Actor
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Mark Paul Kopell Barry Nathanson
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Executive ADA Stan Villani

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