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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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While Richard Libertini, who grew up in Massachusetts, was of Italian descent, his acting career took off as he began to parlay his distinct look into playing various ethnicities with a variety of accents. In the 1960s, he started off in comedy, as part of Second City in Chicago and as an original member of the Off-Broadway production "The Mad Show" that was based off on Mad Magazine. His early comedic success translated into character roles and guest spots, first on film with the William Friedkin musical comedy "The Night They Raided Minskyâ¿¿s" (1968) and soon after on television in episodes of "That Girl" (ABC 1966-1971) and "Mary Tyler Moore" (CBS 1970-77). For the rest of the â¿¿70s, Libertini was a regular fixture in various shows, including multi-episode runs on "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" (Syndicated 1976-77) and "Soap" (ABC 1977-1981). His broad comedic and ethnic range hit the big time in his memorable turn as General Garcia in the madcap comedy "The In-Laws" (1979). Right after, Libertini appeared in Robert Altmanâ¿¿s "Popeye" (1980) and appeared alongside Burt Reynolds in "Sharkyâ¿¿s Machine" (1981) and "Best Friends" (1982). He created another memorable character shortly after in the...

While Richard Libertini, who grew up in Massachusetts, was of Italian descent, his acting career took off as he began to parlay his distinct look into playing various ethnicities with a variety of accents. In the 1960s, he started off in comedy, as part of Second City in Chicago and as an original member of the Off-Broadway production "The Mad Show" that was based off on Mad Magazine. His early comedic success translated into character roles and guest spots, first on film with the William Friedkin musical comedy "The Night They Raided Minskyâ¿¿s" (1968) and soon after on television in episodes of "That Girl" (ABC 1966-1971) and "Mary Tyler Moore" (CBS 1970-77). For the rest of the â¿¿70s, Libertini was a regular fixture in various shows, including multi-episode runs on "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" (Syndicated 1976-77) and "Soap" (ABC 1977-1981). His broad comedic and ethnic range hit the big time in his memorable turn as General Garcia in the madcap comedy "The In-Laws" (1979). Right after, Libertini appeared in Robert Altmanâ¿¿s "Popeye" (1980) and appeared alongside Burt Reynolds in "Sharkyâ¿¿s Machine" (1981) and "Best Friends" (1982). He created another memorable character shortly after in the Chevy Chase-starring "Fletch" (1985) and "Fletch Lives" (1989) as the titular characterâ¿¿s befuddled copy chief. He furthered his character actor reputation throughout the â¿¿80s with roles in "Unfaithfully Yours" (1984) and the Steve Martin-starring "All of Me" (1984). In the early â¿¿90s, Libertini also dabbled in voice acting, chiefly as the genie Dijon in Disneyâ¿¿s "DuckTales" (1987-1990). His last credited role was in "Dolphin Tale" (2011). In 2014, Libertini was diagnosed with cancer and passed away in early 2016.

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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.
 Columbo: Ashes to Ashes (1998) Sheik Yarami
9.
 Telling You (1998) Mr P
10.
 Bright Shining Lie, A (1998) Marriage Counselor
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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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