Ron Leibman, 'Friends' and 'Norma Rae' Actor, Dead at 82

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Ron Leibman, known for Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and playing Jennifer Aniston's onscreen father on Friends, has died. He was 82.

The actor's rep confirmed to ET that Leibman died on Friday. No additional details were provided at this time. 

"We at Abrams Artists Agency are saddened to hear the news of Ron’s passing. 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," Robert Attermann, CEO of Abrams Artists Agency, told ET in a statement. 

With over 50 credits to his name, Leibman's first credited role came in 1956 when he played Johnny in the TV series The Edge of the Night. From then he had many roles on Broadway, before beginning his film career in 1970 with Where's Poppa? His big break came in 1979 with Norma Rae opposite Sally Field.

His accolades include a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play for his performance as Roy Cohn in Angels in America in 1993. Leibman also won a Primetime Emmy Award for his role as Martin 'Kaz' Kazinsky in the short-lived crime drama series Kaz.

Leibman was also nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for the role of Morris Huffner in Christmas Eve. Additional credits include voicing Ron Cadillac on Archer and playing Dr. Leonard Green, Rachel's rich, short-tempered father, on Friends.

The actor is survived by his wife, Jessica Walter, and stepdaughter, Brooke Bowman.


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