Actor David Margulies has passed away at the age of 78. He is well known for his film roles in Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, and more. Margulies trod the boards on Broadway and worked in television, too.
Margulies plays Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel, in the upcoming Madoff TV mini-series. Starring Richard Dreyfuss, Madoff premieres February 3, on ABC. His last TV appearance aired during his life, was in the fifth episode of Happyish, May 24, 2015. Showtime cancelled Happyish exactly three months later, over low ratings.
From 2000 to 2007, Margulies notably recurred as Neil Mink, Tony’s lawyer in HBO‘s The Sopranos. Between 1991 and 2004, the actor played four different characters on NBC‘s original Law & Order TV series.
This character actor filled yet another role in the episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit which aired April 8, 2015. His first TV part was in 1977 on the original Kojak, starring Telly Savalas.
Born David Joseph Margulies in Brooklyn, New York, on February 19, 1937, Margulies hit the stage, soon after graduating from City College of New York.
It has been widely reported that Margulies died Monday, January 11, 2016. Deadline confirmed his death with agent Mary Harden.
Here is more on Margulies’ stage career, from the Deadline article:
Margulies was an admired and much-loved veteran of Broadway and off-Broadway as well: His 1973 Broadway debut was playing Hugo Kalmar in Ted Mann’s production of O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh at Circle in the Square, and he later appeared with John Lithgow and Jonathan Pryce in Comedians, Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs, Tony Kushner’s epic Angels In America (as Roy Cohn), A Thousand Clowns, 45 Seconds From Broadway and Wonderful Town.
[…] His off- and off-off-Broadway performances were too many to count but every one of them memorable; what comes immediately to mind were his turns in Amy Herzog’s After The Revolution in 2010 at Playwrights Horizons and, in 2011, a revival of Kushner’s adaptation of Corneille’s The Illusion at the Signature Theatre. His final stage appearance was in the 2013 Playwrights Realm off-off-Broadway production of Lauren Yee’s The Hatmaker’s Wife.
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