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Richard K. Lublin

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Richard K. Lublin
Lublin, returning from the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards
Born (1939-10-15) October 15, 1939 (age 84)
Alma materDuke University, Cornell Law School
Occupation(s)Actor, Philanthropist, Lawyer (retired), Educator
  • Jane Lublin (died 2016)
Christine Stahl Lublin
(m. 2022)

Richard K. Lublin (born October 15, 1939) is an American actor, philanthropist, lawyer and educator.

Early life[edit]

Richard K. Lublin was born in Hartford, Connecticut. He received his B.A. from Duke University in 1961, and graduated from Cornell Law School with a Juris Doctor degree in 1964.


Richard Lublin began his acting career in 1995 after retiring from 32 years of active law practice.[1] His legal and acting careers merged in 1998 when he first landed roles as an attorney in The Practice and Ally McBeal. In the late 1990s, he played featured roles as a judge on Law & Order. Richard also had roles on highly popular television shows like Chicago Hope, Frasier, Rescue Me, Married with Children and the HBO series, Luck.

In his first movie role, Richard was cast in the Sidney Lumet film Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead,[2][3][4] which movie critic Roger Ebert reviewed as “a superb crime melodrama.” [5] In the film, Lublin plays “Mourner #4” [6][7] and has dialog scenes with noted actors Albert Finney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Ethan Hawke.

In 2017, Richard performed in a feature film The Land of Steady Habits,[8] written and directed by Nicole Holofcener. Set in Connecticut, the film focuses on the journey of Anders Hill, played by Ben Mendelsohn, a man in his mid-fifties who has just retired. Richard Lublin plays the role of Hill’s friendly neighbor, and has dialogue with the leading actor in several scenes, as Anders laments about the changes he’s experiencing along his journey.[9]

In 2018, Lublin presided over the festivities and handed out awards during the closing night presentation at the International Film Festival in Naples, Florida [10] where Steve Martin and Martin Short performed.[11] Lublin again presented awards in 2021, marking his 4th year as presenting sponsor of the film festival.[12][13] MovieMaker Magazine designated the Naples International Film Festival one of the “Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals In The World” in 2019.[14] Richard Lublin is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA).

Richard Lublin receives Honorary Degree, Doctor of Fine Arts, from the University of Connecticut.

In May 2019, Richard Lublin was honored for bridging his two disparate careers in Law and the Arts. He received an Honorary Degree, Doctor of Fine Arts, from the University of Connecticut, School of Fine Arts during their commencement ceremony, where Richard was also the commencement speaker.[15][16]

When the honorary doctorate was conferred, he was introduced with these remarks: “Today, we are privileged to honor you, Richard Lublin, as a representative of what can be achieved with drive, fortitude, and imagination. As an accomplished attorney and actor, your life’s work teaches us that with passion, there are no barriers to achievement.” [17]

Acting Roles[edit]

Year Title Role Genre
2023 Curb Your Enthusiasm Friend of Larry Television - HBO
2017 The Land of Steady Habits Friendly Neighbor Film
2011 Luck Race Track Official Television - HBO
2009 Rescue Me New York Fire Chief Television
2007 Before the Devil Knows You're Dead Mourner #4 Film
2004 Frasier Coffee shop customer Television
1999 Law & Order Judge Television
1998 Ally McBeal Attorney Television
1998 Chicago Hope Cardiologist Television
1998 Chicago Hope Trauma Surgeon Television
1998 The Practice Attorney Television
1997 Chicago Hope ER Doctor Vincent Pellitier Television
1996 Unhappily Ever After Focus of joke Television
1995 Married... with Children Mall walker Television

Early career[edit]

After graduating from Cornell Law School, Richard Lublin was admitted to the Ohio State Bar Association in 1964 and the Connecticut Bar Association in 1965. He was admitted to practice before Connecticut’s U.S. District Court in 1969, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida in 1975 and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in 1975. Lublin was a founding partner of a prominent Connecticut law firm, which had offices in East Hartford and Avon, Conn. He retired from active law practice in 1995.

Richard Lublin returned to his undergraduate alma mater, Duke University, as a guest lecturer in law from 1990-1995. He was a member of Duke University’s Advisory Board of Trustees from 1988 –1994.


In 1993, Lublin established the Richard K. Lublin Teaching Award as one of four endowed teaching awards presented annually within Duke University’s Trinity College of Arts & Sciences. The Lublin Award recognizes undergraduate teaching excellence across all educational and research programs in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences at Duke University. According to Duke Today, winners of the Lublin Scholarship and other teaching awards “use different approaches in different fields, but students and faculty colleagues said all share a passion for teaching, interest in innovative methods and give priority to developing their students’ capacity to think.” [18] In October 2013, Lublin issued a national plea for other philanthropists to endow additional teaching awards at colleges and universities across the country.[19] In 2022, Dr. Kusum Knapcyzk, Duke University’s Trinity College of Arts & Sciences Lecturer of Hindi Language in the department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, became the 36th recipient of the Richard K. Lublin Teaching Award.[20][21] Kelly Alexander, Duke University’s Trinity College of Arts & Sciences Lecturing Fellow, Center for Documentary Studies, was the award recipient in 2021.[22]  

Other educational scholarships established by Lublin include: a student scholarship fund at Duke that awards a stipend to a graduating senior going on to law school, and a college scholarship award to a graduating high school senior in his hometown of Avon, Conn.

Much of Lublin’s philanthropic activity has been devoted to cancer and medical research. He and his late wife Jane made significant contributions to support cancer treatment and research at the Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center at UConn Health.[23] According to a 2010 UConn Foundation report, the couple’s gift “will support the work of leading clinician-scientists including Upendra Hegde, M.D.", an associate director of medical oncology in the melanoma program.[24] Since 2010, the Lublins were title sponsors for UConn Health’s annual “White Coat Gala.” [25] In 2017, Richard Lublin was the Founding Title Sponsor, in memory of Jane.[26] The Lublins also annually sponsored the UConn Cancer Research Golf Tournament, which has raised millions of dollars for cancer research since it began.[27]

Carole Neag presents the Medal of Honor to Richard Lublin as the University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst looks on.

In recognition of their extraordinary philanthropic activity, the University of Connecticut bestowed one of its highest awards - the Carole and Ray Neag Medal of Honor - to Richard and Jane Lublin at its annual White Coat Gala held on April 12, 2014.[28][29] After accepting the Medal of Honor, Richard Lublin said, "The act of giving, multiplied many times, can advance research to new levels in our efforts to eliminate cancer. We've seen what can happen when a great deal of money is given to battle a disease. The AIDS virus was once a death sentence, but adequate funding has allowed pharmaceutical companies and the medical profession to develop a treatment that allows patients to go on with their lives. More progress needs to be made with the hundreds of types of cancer."[30] In February 2015, Richard Lublin was formally appointed as an inaugural member of the Dean’s Advisory Board at the UConn School of Medicine. His role on the Board is to assist the Dean in identifying and advancing the primary needs of the school for issues such as scholarship, research and faculty.[31] In 2015, Lublin was also elected to the CT and Western MA Board of the American Heart Association to help guide the organization's mission and fundraising efforts.[32]

Richard Lublin continued his active involvement in the fight against cancer as chairman of the 2018 American Cancer Society's (ACS) Naples, FL Annual Bucket List Gala. He again co-chaired the event in 2022.[33] The American Cancer Society presented its inaugural Hope and Courage award to Lublin at the 2023 Bucket List Bash for demonstrating “great courage as a leader in our shared fight against cancer.” [34][35] Since its inception in 2011, this prestigious fundraiser has grossed more than $11.9 million to support the nation's preeminent cancer-fighting organization. Funds raised help the ACS fund its mission to save and celebrate lives, and to lead the fight for a world without cancer.[36] For the 2018 event, Lublin hired the legendary Diana Ross to attract donors. The successful fundraiser drew 500 attendees and raised more than one million dollars for the American Cancer Society.[37][38] In 2018, Richard Lublin was elected as a member of the prestigious Laureate Society for making important strides in cancer care and cancer research. Members from the society review and evaluate grant requests for medical research annually to help determine the best investments.[39]

In 1992, the Lublins established the Jane and Richard Lublin Research and Endowment Fund at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Mass. They later awarded the Lahey Clinic leadership gifts for research in prostate and bladder cancer, urology, and effective pain management for cancer and trauma patients.[40] In 2014, the Lahey Clinic recognized the Lublins for their "22 years of philanthropic support of cancer research and pain management initiatives at the Lahey Hospital & Medical Center."[41]

In 2012, they helped establish a research fund for cardiovascular surgery at Hartford Hospital in honor of Dr. Hiroyoshi Takata.[42] Later that year, UConn Today reported that the Lublins made “the first philanthropic gift in support of Bioscience Connecticut initiatives at the UConn Health Center.” [43] According to the Hartford Business Journal, Bioscience Connecticut is “the state’s $864 million attempt to reverse a two-decade-long jobs drought by creating a vibrant bioscience sector.” [44] In recognition of the Lublins’ generosity, UConn Health named the new waiting room in the Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center in their honor.[45][46] In 1997 the Lublins honored the memory of Jane’s father, who died from cancer, by donating the cost of constructing the waiting room at the Davenport-Mugar Cancer Center [47] at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, Mass. A plaque displayed in the waiting room reads: “Given in memory of W. Victor Jensen by Richard and Jane Lublin.”


  1. ^ "Valley Life: From Law to ′Law and Order′".
  2. ^ "The New York Times: Movies & TV: Richard K. Lublin". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Archived from the original on August 2, 2013.
  3. ^ "IMDb (Internet Movie Database)". IMDb.
  4. ^ "Rotten Tomatoes: Flixster". Rotten Tomatoes.
  5. ^ "Movie Critic Roger Ebert review".
  6. ^ "The New York Times: Movies: Before the Devil Knows You're Dead: Acting Credits". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. 2007. Archived from the original on December 28, 2007.
  7. ^ "Before the Devil Knows your Dead: Full Credits: Cast (IMDb)". IMDb.
  8. ^ "IMDb (Internet Movie Database)". IMDb.
  9. ^ "CapeCod.com: Entertainment: Former Hyannisport Resident to Appear in New Feature Film".
  10. ^ "2018 Naples International Film Festival".
  11. ^ "AvonPatch: Avon Resident, Richard Lublin Presents at Naples Film Festival".
  12. ^ "Naples Daily News: 'Law and Order,' 'Chicago Hope' actor new title is Naples film fest co-sponsor".
  13. ^ "Naples International Film Festival".
  14. ^ "The 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World, 2019".
  15. ^ "Mansfield-StorrsPatch: UConn Announces 2019 Commencement Speakers".
  16. ^ "UConn Today: 2019 Commencement Speakers and Honorary Degree Recipients".
  17. ^ "AvonPatch: Richard Lublin receives an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts".
  18. ^ "Duke Today: A Talent for Teaching".
  19. ^ "Philanthropy World: Richard K. Lublin Encourages Endowment of Additional Teaching Awards Nationwide".
  20. ^ "Kusum Knapczyk receives Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award".
  21. ^ "Philanthropist Praises Recipient of 2022 Richard Lublin Teaching Award".
  22. ^ "Arts & Sciences Teaching Awards Celebrate Excellence Across the College".
  23. ^ "2010 UCONN Foundation Report: Cancer Survivors Pledge $1 Million".
  24. ^ "Miracle Worker Physician Inspires Gift".
  25. ^ "Hartford Courant: UConn Holds 3rd Annual White Coat Gala".
  26. ^ "UCONN Health: 8th Annual White Coat Gala".
  27. ^ "UConn Today: Golf Tourney Boosts Cancer Research at Health Center".
  28. ^ "Hartford Courant: White Coat Gala on a Husky Blue High".
  29. ^ "UConn Today: Gala Draws Support for UConn Health".
  30. ^ "AvonPatch: Avon Residents Richard and Jane Lublin Receive UConn's Neag Medal of Honor for Waging War on Cancer".
  31. ^ "Naples Daily News: Richard Lublin appointed to the Dean's Advisory Board at the UConn School of Medicine".
  32. ^ "Naples Daily News: Richard Lublin, Naples resident elected to the CT and Western MA Board of the American Heart Association".
  33. ^ "AvonPatch: Richard Lublin Co-chairs American Cancer Society Gala. Richard Lublin, tireless advocate in the fight against cancer he began in Connecticut, co-chairs American Cancer Society gala".
  34. ^ "Naples Florida Weekly: American Cancer Society's Bucket List Bash raises $1.1 million".
  35. ^ "AvonPatch: American Cancer Society Presents Hope & Courage Award to Dr. Richard Lublin for Leadership in the Fight Against Cancer".
  36. ^ "ACS Bucket List Bash: American Cancer Society Announces Event Chair for 2018 Bucket List Bash".
  37. ^ "Avon Resident Richard Lublin Chairs American Cancer Society Event".
  38. ^ "Avon Resident Richard Lublin Chairs Successful American Cancer Society Fundraiser: Gala features Diana Ross performance - raises over one million".
  39. ^ "AvonPatch: Richard Lublin Elected to the Prestigious Laureate Society".
  40. ^ "2004 Lahey Clinic Benefactor journal".
  41. ^ "Naples Daily News: Philanthropists Richard and Jane Lublin Receive Certificate of Appreciation from Lahey Hospital & Medical Center".
  42. ^ "Hartford Courant: Gift Pays Tribute to Hartford Hospital Cardiovascular Surgeon".
  43. ^ "UConn Today: UConn Health Center Receives Gift Supporting Bioscience Connecticut".
  44. ^ "Hartford Business Journal: Thomas Callahan: Moving Quickly to Shape Bioscience CT".
  45. ^ "UConn Today: UConn Health Center Receives Gift Supporting Bioscience Connecticut".
  46. ^ "Hartford Business Journal: Nonprofit Notebook: Bioscience Connecticut Receives First Donation".
  47. ^ "Cape Cod Health: Davenport Mugar Cancer Center".

External links[edit]

Official website: https://www.richard-lublin.com/

Duke University Teaching Awards: http://trinity.duke.edu/faculty/awards-recognition

UConn Health - Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center: http://cancer.uchc.edu/

UConn Health - Bioscience Connecticut: http://biosciencect.uchc.edu/

UConn Health – Physician Profile Upendra Hegde, M.D.: http://cancer.uchc.edu/physicians/bios/hegde.html

American Cancer Society - Laureate Society: https://www.cancer.org/involved/donate/leadership-giving/laureate-society.html