Ron Leibman, actor in 'Friends,' and 'Norma Rae' dies at 82

Ron Leibman, actor in 'Friends,' and 'Norma Rae' dies at 82

Actor Ron Leibman, who appeared in movies, theater and television in a career that spanned six decades and won a Tony for Tony Kushner's iconic play ”Angels in America," has died after an illness. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)

Actor Ron Leibman, who appeared in movies, theater and television in a career that spanned six decades and won a Tony for Tony Kushner’s iconic play ”Angels in America,” has died after an illness. He was 82.

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Leibman played a huge variety of roles both dramatic and comic. He won an Emmy award in 1979 on the CBS series “Kaz.” But he was perhaps best known on television for his role on “Friends,” in which he played Dr. Leonard Green, the father of Rachel, played by Jennifer Aniston.

Leibman’s agent, Robert Attermann, said the actor died Friday. He is survived by his wife, the actress Jessica Walter.

“Ron was an incredibly talented actor with a distinguished career in film, TV and theater,” said Attermann. “Our thoughts go out to his wife, Jessica, and his family.”

Leibman won his Tony for playing the crucial role of Roy Cohn, the conservative lawyer who died of AIDS in 1986. He appeared in numerous films including “Norma Rae” and “Slaughterhouse-Five.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.