Ron Leibman, who won a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play in 1993 for originating the role of Roy Cohn in Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, died December 6; he was 82.
Mr. Leibman was well-known in the theatre community and Hollywood for his turns in shows like Friends (playing Rachel’s father, Dr. Leonard Green) and Kaz, the latter for which he won a Primetime Emmy Award. He also appeared in such films as Norma Rae, Slaughterhouse Five, and Where’s Poppa?
Throughout his stage career, the performer appeared in productions of God of Vengeance, We Bombed in New Haven, Transfers, and The Merchant of Venice, among others. He reprised the role of Cohn when Angels in America: Perestroika opened on Broadway in November 1993, earning a Drama Desk nomination.
So sad to hear that Ron Leibman has passed away. The stage, film, and TV star won a Tony Award as Best Actor in a Play for creating the role of Roy Cohn in “Angels in America.” Rest in peace. https://t.co/j2iCiOWvb9
— The Tony Awards (@TheTonyAwards) December 7, 2019
So many of the best memories of my career, have Ron Leibman in them. Thank you, Ron. For my being my champion. Rest, my friend.
— Sally Field (@sally_field) December 7, 2019
Ron Leibman and Jessica Walters played my parents in the film Dummy. Every day we drove to the set together and they patiently answered every question I ever had at about every film they were ever in. What a privilege to work with him. #RIPRonLeibman pic.twitter.com/OWb03aK8QS
— Illeana Douglas (@Illeanarama) December 7, 2019
— John Barrowman MBE (@JohnBarrowman) December 7, 2019