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Also Known As: Richard D Masur Died:
Born: November 20, 1948 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, director, technical director (for theater companies)

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A familiar face to film and television fans for over three decades, Richard Masur was an Emmy- and Oscar-nominated character actor whose avuncular roles included turns on "Rhoda" (CBS, 1974-78), "One Day at a Time" (CBS, 1975-1984) and "The Burning Bed" (NBC, 1984) as well as commanding parts in feature films like "Risky Business" (1983), "License to Drive (1988) and countless other projects. The former stage actor branched into directing in the late 1880s, but remained faithful to his craft throughout most of his career, which included two terms as president of the Screen Actors Guild. His dependable and versatile talent made him a welcome presence on both the big and small screens and he never failed to elevate whatever project he was involved with.

A familiar face to film and television fans for over three decades, Richard Masur was an Emmy- and Oscar-nominated character actor whose avuncular roles included turns on "Rhoda" (CBS, 1974-78), "One Day at a Time" (CBS, 1975-1984) and "The Burning Bed" (NBC, 1984) as well as commanding parts in feature films like "Risky Business" (1983), "License to Drive (1988) and countless other projects. The former stage actor branched into directing in the late 1880s, but remained faithful to his craft throughout most of his career, which included two terms as president of the Screen Actors Guild. His dependable and versatile talent made him a welcome presence on both the big and small screens and he never failed to elevate whatever project he was involved with.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Tumbledown (2015)
2.
 Palindromes (2004) Steve Victor
3.
 61* (2001) Milt Kahn
4.
 Noriega: God's Favorite (2000) Mark
5.
 Play it to the Bone (1999) Artie
6.
 Keys to Her Past (1999) Lowly Flowers
7.
 Fire Down Below (1997) Pratt
8.
 Multiplicity (1996) Del King
9.
 My Brother's Keeper (1995) Nathan Morley
10.
 It Was Him Or Us (1995) Walter Pomeroy
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Raised in Yonkers, NY
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While a freshman at SUNY-Stony Brook, accompanied a friend to an audition for a school play; asked to try out, won the part; changed major from anthropology (pre-med) to Theater Arts
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Worked in various technical positions at theater companies in the Northeastern US
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Studied acting at Yale School of Drama
1971:
Worked as an actor and technical director for the Hartford Stage Company in Hartford, CT
1973:
Portrayed Menelaus and Ajax off-Broadway in New York Shakespeare Festival production of "Troilus and Cressida"
1973:
Appeared in the New Haven production of "The Changing Room"
1973:
Broadway debut, "The Changing Room", played Jack Stringer, Number 4
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Seen performing on stage by TV producer-writer Norman Lear who invited him to appear on "All in the Family"
1974:
On February 2nd, made TV acting debut with guest shot on "All in the Family" (episode title: "Gloria's Boyfriend") as a mentally challenged supermarket stockboy whom Gloria befriends
1974:
Moved to Los Angeles in August
1974:
On October 12th, made guest shot on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" (episode title: "The Outsider") as consultant who irks the newsroom staff with his efforts to bolster ratings
1975:
Film debut in "Whiffs"
1975:
Co-starred as the harried manager in the short-lived Lear-produced sitcom "Hot L Baltimore" on ABC
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Played recurring role of Nick Lobo, the Las Vegas musician who dates Brenda (Julie Kavner), during the second season of the sitcom "Rhoda"
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Played David Kane, the much younger boyfriend of protagonist Ann Romano (Bonnie Franklin), a regular during the first season of the hit Lear-produced sitcom "One Day at a Time"
1976:
TV-movie debut, "Having Babies", an ABC medical drama
1977:
Starred in "Bumpers", a busted NBC sitcom pilot, as an assembly-line auto worker
1978:
Starred as Dr. Arthur Murdock, a zoo veterinarian, on "The Many Loves of Arthur", an unsold NBC sitcom pilot
1981:
TV miniseries debut, "John Steinbeck's 'East of Eden'" on ABC
1981:
Played a child pornographer in the highly rated CBS TV-movie "Fallen Angel"
1983:
Played the supporting role of Jay Howell in the acclaimed NBC docudrama "Adam" about missing children; reprised the role for the 1986 sequel "Adam: His Song Continues"
1984:
Co-starred in "Empire", a short-lived broadly played satire of corporate in-fighting spoof on CBS, played an incompetent sales vice president (ran one month)
1984:
Garnered an Emmy nod for Best Supporting Actor playing Farrah Fawcett's defense attorney in the acclaimed telefilm "The Burning Bed"
1986:
Co-starred as Mr. Carlton Davis, the head of a joke-playing family in "Mr. Boogedy", an unsold hour-long pilot aired as part of ABC's "Disney Sunday Movie"; reprised role for a two-hour 1987 TV-movie sequel, "Bride of Boogedy", also aired on "Disney Sunday Movie"
1986:
Film directing debut, helmed Oscar-nominated live-action short, "Love Struck", produced by wife Fredda Weiss and starring Judge Reinhold
1987:
Directed an episode of the Jay Tarses-produced sitcom "The 'Slap' Maxwell Story"
1989:
Directed a well-received installment of the "ABC Afternoon Specials" entitled "Torn Between Two Fathers"; nominated for a DGA award for his direction (Dramatic Series, Daytime)
1991:
Helmed two episodes of "The Wonder Years", the popular nostalgic ABC sitcom
1993:
Appeared in three consecutive episodes of the NBC legal drama "L.A. Law" as 1960s activist-turned-fugitive Barry Glassman (aka Jay Ellison)
1993:
Elected third vice-president of Screen Actors Guild
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Played the occasional recurring role of Ed Lawson, an unpleasant postal worker who eventually becomes mayor before meeting an unfortunate fate on the quirky CBS drama "Picket Fences"
1995:
Directed an episode of "Picket Fences"
1995:
Elected president of SAG
1996:
As SAG president, worked on the merger plan between his guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA); put the guild on record as opposing the California Civil Rights Initiative (an anti-affirmative action measure); the initiative was subsequently voted in
1997:
Re-elected to second term as SAG president
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Education

State University of New York, Stony Brook: Stony Brook , New York -
School of Drama, Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut -

Notes

Masur has remained active in theater as a member of the Los Angeles Classic Theater Works. He has also directed several plays in the Los Angeles area.

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wife:
Fredda Weiss. Producer.

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