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Ron Leibman, actor who played Rachel’s dad on Friends, has died aged 82


Ron Leibman, the Tony Award-winning actor best known for his role in ’90s sitcom Friends, has passed away at the age of 82.

The actor’s agent,  Robert Attermann of Abrams Artists Agency, confirmed Leibman’s death to TheWrap but no details have been released.

“We at Abrams Artists Agency are saddened to hear the news of Ron’s passing,” Attermann said in a statement. “Ron was an incredibly talented actor with a distinguished career in film, TV and theatre. Our thoughts go out to his wife, Jessica, and his family.”

Leibman, who won his Tony Award in 1993 for his performance as Roy Cohn in Angels in America, also won a Primetime Emmy Award for his role as Martin ‘Kaz’ Kazinsky in his crime drama series Kaz. The actor also enjoyed a recurring role on The Sopranos as Dr. Plepler and, later, a character on the TV series Archer as Ron Cadillac.

Despite those performances, Leibman will be remembered by most as Rachel’s short-tempered and protective father in the 90’s sitcom Friends whose performance added a new dimension to a close knit cast.

Leibman is survived by his wife, actress Jessica Walter and his stepdaughter Brooke Bowman.