Ron Leibman

Ron Leibman

  • Highest Rated: 100% Where's Poppa? (1970)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% Up the Academy (1980)
  • Birthday: Oct 11, 1937
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • The son of a Manhattan clothing manufacturer, Ron Leibman defied his family's wishes by dropping out of Wesleyan University to study at the Actor's Studio. Appearing in off-Broadway productions from 1959, Leibman made his Broadway debut in 1963's Dear Me, the Sky is Falling. He won an Obie Award for his work in Transfers, and a New York Drama Desk Award for We Bombed in New Haven. An undeniably major talent, Leibman's explosive temper and entrenched insistence upon integrity at all costs has lost him more jobs than he'd probably care to count (There are some who say that much of Leibman's fabled contentiousness was incorporated into Dustin Hoffman's character in Tootsie). After resisting series TV for many years, Leibman accepted the role of Martin Kazinksi, ex-con turned lawyer, in the 1978 weekly Kaz; the show died after a single season, but not before he won an Emmy Award (At the time, he insisted he'd never do another series; in 1991, however, he could be seen as Detective Al Burkhardt on the weekly Pacific Station, and earlier had been one of the candidates for the starring role in the TV sitcom Coach). In films, Leibman seems to relish wildly extroverted roles: The relentless stalker of Billy Pilgrim in Slaughterhouse Five (1971), gonzo NYPD troubleshooter "Batman" in The Super Cops (1973), the out-of-town union organizer in Norma Rae (1979), the lithping Cathtillian heavy in Zorro the Gay Blade (1981), abrasive racing promoter Dave Davis in Phar Lap (1984), and Dolly Parton's greasy agent in Rhinestone (1985) (he was starred in Mad Presents Up the Academy, but had a falling out with the producers and insisted that his name be removed from the credits). Returning to Broadway in 1993, Leibman won a Tony Award for Angels in America. Once married to actress Linda Lavin, Ron Leibman is currently wed to actress Jessica Walter.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

41% A Little Help Warren $86.3K 2011
86% Garden State Dr. Cohen $26.8M 2004
71% Dummy Lou 2003
72% Auto Focus Lenny $1.9M 2002
69% Personal Velocity: Three Portraits Avram Herskovitz $0.7M 2002
23% Just the Ticket Barry The Book 1999
68% Night Falls on Manhattan Morgenstern 1997
No Score Yet Terrorist on Trial: The U. S. vs. Salim Ajami Simon Resnick 1993
No Score Yet Seven Hours to Judgment David Reardon 1988
No Score Yet Terrorist on Trial: The United States vs. Salim Ajami (Hostile Witness) Actor 1988
No Score Yet Christmas Eve Morris 1986
15% Rhinestone Freddie 1984
No Score Yet Door to Door Larry Price 1984
No Score Yet Romantic Comedy Leo Janowitz 1983
88% Phar Lap (Phar Lap: Heart of a Nation) Dave Davis 1983
43% Zorro, the Gay Blade Esteban 1981
0% Up the Academy Major 1980
88% Norma Rae Reuben 1979
No Score Yet A Question of Guilt Actor 1978
20% Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood Rudy Montague 1976
No Score Yet The Art of Crime Actor 1975
No Score Yet The Super Cops David Greenberg 1974
No Score Yet Your Three Minutes Are Up Mike 1973
77% Slaughterhouse-Five Paul 1972
60% The Hot Rock Murch 1972
100% Where's Poppa? Sidney Hocheiser 1970

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

91% Archer
2009
Voice
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
78% Friends
1994-2004
  • 2004
No Score Yet The Practice
1997-2004
Robert Colby
  • 2003
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
Executive ADA Stan Villani
  • 2002
  • 2001
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
Mark Paul Kopell Barry Nathanson
  • 2000
  • 1995
13% Holding the Baby
1998
Stan
  • 1998
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Roland Trent Darryl Heyward
  • 1992
  • 1990
50% C.P.W. (Central Park West)
1995-1996
40% Pacific Station
1992
Det. Al Burkhardt
92% The Sopranos
1999-2007

QUOTES FROM Ron Leibman CHARACTERS

Jake Ferris
What's it gonna take to buy out my contract? What?
Freddie Ugo
(stares at her and stammers) Wa-wa-wa-wa.
Freddie Ugo
Wa-wa-wa-wa.
Jake Ferris
Don't say a night in the sack!
Freddie Ugo
I'd never say anything like that! What's the matter with you? How about thirty minutes?
Dr. Cohen
Of course you're all right. You're alive.