Ron Leibman (born October 11, 1937) is an American actor. He is most commonly known internationally for his portrayal as 'Dr. Leonard Green' a recurring role on the hit comedy where his character is the father of main cast member Friends Rachel Green played by Jennifer Aniston.
Leibman was a member of the
Compass Players in the late 1950s, and was admitted to the Actors Studio shortly thereafter. He has appeared in many films such as [1 ] ; Phar Lap ; Where's Poppa? ; The Hot Rock ; Slaughterhouse-Five ; The Super Cops ; Up the Academy ; Norma Rae ; Romantic Comedy ; Zorro, The Gay Blade ; and Garden State . He co-starred with second wife Rhinestone Jessica Walter in Neil Simon's play . They also appeared together as husband and wife in the film Rumors and in the TV Series Dummy in the episode, " Law & Order House Counsel."
He won an
Emmy Award for his convict-turned-lawyer character in (1978–79), a series which he also created and co-wrote. Leibman also received a Kaz Tony Award for his performance as Roy Cohn in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play . He is also widely known for his portrayal of Angels in America Leonard Green, Rachel Green's overbearing father, on the sitcom . Leibman had a recurring role on Friends as Dr. Plepler. The Sopranos
In 1983, Leibman starred in the Australian movie
Phar Lap as David J. Davis, the owner of legendary New Zealand/Australian racehorse Phar Lap who won the 1930 Melbourne Cup and the 1932 Agua Caliente Handicap.
In 2013, Leibman began appearing as a recurring character on the TV series
as Ron Cadillac. He stars as the husband to Mallory Archer, voiced by his real life wife Jessica Walter. Archer
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Leibman was born in
New York City, New York, the son of Grace (née Marks) and Murray Leibman, who worked in the garment business. He graduated in 1958 from [2 ] Ohio Wesleyan University. He has been married to actress Jessica Walter since 1983. He was previously married to actress Linda Lavin (1969–1981). He currently teaches at and used to Chair the acting department at The New School in New York City.
Ron Leibman has sometimes been confused with "Ron Liebman," a prominent free lance baseball statistician, researcher, and trivia expert with the Society for American Baseball Research.
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