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Also Known As: Dick Libertini Died:
Born: May 21, 1933 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA Profession: actor, trumpet player

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The tall, warm and accessible Libertini is a former revue performer who has gradually worked his way into respectability--and increasingly larger roles--as a character actor in both comedy and drama. One might recall him as the unintelligible Latino preacher marrying Burt Reynolds and Goldie Hawn in "Best Friends" (1982), the bumbling Eastern guru transporting Lily Tomlin's soul to Steve Martin in "All of Me" (1984), a retentive doctor in "Nell" (1994) or a high-profile, adversarial defense attorney on several episodes of "Law and Order" (NBC).Libertini began as a professional trumpet player before joining the Second City in Chicago where he teamed with MacIntyre Dixon to form "The Stewed Prunes". The duo performed in numerous New York revues, including "Three by Three" (1961) and "The Mad Show" (1966). Soon thereafter, Libertini went solo and landed roles in such Broadway productions as Woody Allen's "Don't Drink the Water" (1967) and "Paul Sill's Story Theatre" (1971).Libertini made his feature debut in William Friedkin's "The Night They Raided Minsky's" (1968) and reprised his stage role of a priest in "Don't Drink the Water" (1969). He went on to play small roles in Mike Nichols' "Catch-22"...

The tall, warm and accessible Libertini is a former revue performer who has gradually worked his way into respectability--and increasingly larger roles--as a character actor in both comedy and drama. One might recall him as the unintelligible Latino preacher marrying Burt Reynolds and Goldie Hawn in "Best Friends" (1982), the bumbling Eastern guru transporting Lily Tomlin's soul to Steve Martin in "All of Me" (1984), a retentive doctor in "Nell" (1994) or a high-profile, adversarial defense attorney on several episodes of "Law and Order" (NBC).

Libertini began as a professional trumpet player before joining the Second City in Chicago where he teamed with MacIntyre Dixon to form "The Stewed Prunes". The duo performed in numerous New York revues, including "Three by Three" (1961) and "The Mad Show" (1966). Soon thereafter, Libertini went solo and landed roles in such Broadway productions as Woody Allen's "Don't Drink the Water" (1967) and "Paul Sill's Story Theatre" (1971).

Libertini made his feature debut in William Friedkin's "The Night They Raided Minsky's" (1968) and reprised his stage role of a priest in "Don't Drink the Water" (1969). He went on to play small roles in Mike Nichols' "Catch-22" (1970) and Terence Malick's "Days of Heaven" (1978) before winning praise for his hilarious turn as a crazed dictator of a banana republic in "The In-Laws" (1979). Libertini offered comic support to Dudley Moore in the 1983 remake of "Unfaithfully Yours" and to Chevy Chase in "Fletch" (1984) and "Fletch Lives" (1989). He also was featured in Brian De Palma's misfire "The Bonfire of the Vanities" and Penny Marshall's "Awakenings" (both 1990).

On the small screen, Libertini was a regular on the summer replacement variety program "The Melba Moore-Clifton Davis Show" (CBS, 1972). He also made guest appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show", "That Was the Week That Was", the syndicated "Story Theatre" and "Moonlighting". He has appeared regularly on the sitcoms "Soap" (ABC, 1977-78), as 'The Godfather', the short-lived "Family Man" (ABC, 1988), "The Fanelli Boys" (NBC, 1990-91), as the title characters' uncle, a priest, and "Pacific Station" (NBC, 1991-92), as Robert Guillaume's police officer partner.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Dolphin Tale (2011)
5.
 Grilled (2006)
6.
 4th Tenor, The (2002) Vincenzo
7.
 Vendetta (1999) Giovanni Provenzano
8.
 Bright Shining Lie, A (1998) Marriage Counselor
9.
 Telling You (1998) Mr P
10.
 Columbo: Ashes to Ashes (1998) Sheik Yarami
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Member, Second City troupe, Chicago
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Formed "The Stewed Prunes" with actor MacIntyre Dixon
1961:
Appeared as member of "The Stewed Prunes" in "Three by Three"
1967:
Billed as Dick Libertini in "Don't Drink the Water" on Broadway
1969:
Reprised role in feature version, "Don't Drink the Water"
1971:
Ensemble member of Broadway production of "Paul Sills' Story Theatre"
1972:
Series regular on "The Melba Moore-Clifton Davis Show"
1977:
Played the Godfather on the ABC sitcom, "Soap"
1979:
Featured as General Garcia in "The In-Laws"
1984:
Played Frank Walker in "Fletch"
1984:
Co-starred with Lily Tomlin and Steve Martin in "All of Me"
1988:
Played attorney Barry Slotnick in "The Trial of Bernhard Goetz" for American Playhouse
1989:
Reprised role in "Fletch Lives!"
1990:
Series regular, "The Fanelli Boys"
1991:
Starred with Robert Guillaume in "Pacific Station"
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Education

Emerson College: Boston , Massachusetts -

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wife:
Melinda Dillon. Actor. Divorced.

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