Richard Libertini

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Richard Libertini
Born (1933-05-21) May 21, 1933 (age 82)
Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.
Alma mater Emerson College[1]
Occupation Actor
Years active 1968-present
Spouse(s) Melinda Dillon (1963-1978) (divorced) (1 son)

Richard Libertini (born May 21, 1933) is an American stage, film and television actor known for playing character roles and his ability to speak in numerous accents.

Life and career[edit]

Libertini was born in East Cambridge, Massachusetts, to parents who had immigrated to America from southern Italy. He attended and graduated from Emerson College in Boston.

He was an original cast member of the "The Mad Show," a 1966 Off-Broadway musical-comedy produced by MAD Magazine. His first film appearances were in Don't Drink the Water (1969) and Catch-22 (1970). Two of his more memorable film roles came in the comedies Fletch (1985), in which he played Chevy Chase's character's doubting editor, a role he repeated in the 1989 sequel Fletch Lives, and The In-Laws (1979), in which he played General Garcia, an insane Latin-American dictator whose closest advisor was a cartoon face drawn on his own hand a la Senor Wences. He portrayed Nosh, an electronics expert who is the childhood best friend of Burt Reynolds's character, in Sharky's Machine (1981). He also played a traveling vaudevillian in Terence Malick's Days of Heaven (1978), the cobbler George W. Geezil in Robert Altman's Popeye (1980), a Hispanic priest in Best Friends (1982), the servant Giuseppe in Unfaithfully Yours (1984), spiritual advisor Prahka Lasa ("Back in Bowl !") in All of Me (1984), the bandit Dijon in Disney's animated feature film DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp (1990), and a rabbi in Lethal Weapon 4 (1998).

On television, Libertini was a series regular in the first season of Soap as The Godfather; he guest starred in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Accession" as a Bajoran called Akorem Laan, who believes himself to be the Emissary; and most recently, he appeared in the Sonny with a Chance episode "Dakota's Revenge" as Izzy, an insane mechanic. He also voiced Wally Llama on Animaniacs, and starred in three short-lived sitcoms: Family Man (1988), as a middle-aged comedy writer who married a much younger woman and became a father late in life; The Fanelli Boys (1990–1991), as an Italian priest, and Pacific Station (1991–1992), as a police detective.

In September 2008, Libertini appeared on the TV show Supernatural. From October 2011 through January 2012, Libertini appeared on Broadway as a rabbi in "Honeymoon Motel," the Woody Allen-penned segment of Relatively Speaking.

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