September 22, 1921|
San Antonio, Texas
|Died||May 13, 2001
Silver Spring, Maryland
|Spouse(s)||Madolyn Doress (c. 1942–1996, her death)|
Ralph Tabakin (September 22, 1921 – May 13, 2001) was an American actor, engineer, and World War II veteran.
In his acting career, Tabakin is most associated with the work of Barry Levinson, as he appeared in fifteen of Levinson's films from Diner onward. His appearance in Diner began after a visit to the set where he impressed Levinson. Considered a lucky charm of Levinson, Tabakin is perhaps best known for playing medical examiner Dr. Scheiner on the Levinson-produced TV series Homicide: Life on the Street, a recurring character from the first episode through all seven seasons and the follow-up Homicide: The Movie.
Born in San Antonio, Texas, he was the middle child in a family of five. They would also live in New Orleans, Louisiana, before moving and settling in Richmond, Virginia. As a veteran he received five Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars. He also worked as a Federal Aviation Administration engineer for several years. He died in 2001 due to heart disease.