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Old 12-20-2010, 11:27 PM  
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R.I.P. Dietrich

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_obit_steve_landesberg

Veteran character actor Steve Landesberg dies at 65

1 hr 51 mins ago



LOS ANGELES Steve Landesberg may have been best known for his role as the intellectual and sometimes annoying Detective Sgt. Arthur Dietrich on the long-running 1970s cop comedy "Barney Miller."

But younger audiences knew him too for a slew of recent parts such as the doctor on the 2008 hit movie "Forgetting Sarah Marshall."

The veteran actor died Monday at age 65, his agent, Jeffrey Leavitt, told The Associated Press. The cause of death wasn't released.

Landesberg appeared in dozens of TV shows, his curly haired, bespectacled face easily recognizable. Recent credits included "Everybody Hates Chris," "Just Jordan," "That 70s Show" and "American Dad."

"He was a wonderful comic and superb actor who gave so much of himself in every performance," said Shirley Jones, who appeared opposite Landesberg in what was one of his final appearances, an episode of "The Cleaner" last year.
His most successful role was that of Dietrich on "Barney Miller, which was set in a New York City police station populated by oddballs and eccentrics. It aired from 1975 to 1982.

Landesberg's Dietrich was noted for his endless knowledge and expertise on seemingly every obscure subject imaginable, which was coupled with a sometimes patronizing attitude. He once refused to wish a Happy Thanksgiving to a fellow officer, explaining he was an agnostic and wouldn't know who to thank.

In "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," he listened patiently as Marshall's former boyfriend described a sexual tryst, then revealed he was really a pediatrician.
Landesberg also played a doctor in the TV series "Head Case," which aired from 2007 to 2009.

Other TV credits included "The Rockford Files," "Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place," "Cosby," "Law and Order" and "The Golden Girls."

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Old 12-20-2010, 11:30 PM   #2
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Old 12-20-2010, 11:31 PM   #3
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Old 12-20-2010, 11:45 PM   #4
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Abe Vigoda will out live the whole cast. He refuses to die!
Jack Soo, Ron Carey, and now Steve Landesberg. Three down and Vigoda still here. Good for him.
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Old 12-20-2010, 11:52 PM   #5
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I'm saddened. Dietrich is one of my favorite television characters of all time. His understated humor really struck a chord with me.
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Old 12-21-2010, 12:10 AM   #6
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I fear if vigoda dies he takes the universe with him

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Old 12-21-2010, 12:17 AM   #7
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His spinoff sucked though.
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Old 12-21-2010, 12:50 AM   #8
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Great show and ensemble acting.

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Hal Linden - 79 yrs old
Abe Vigoda - 89 yrs old
Max Gail - 67 yrs old
Ron Glass - 65 yrs old
Gregory Sierra - 69 yrs old

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Old 12-21-2010, 03:38 AM   #9
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His dry delivery was great my Dad was a huge fan of the show and character when I was young. And now really appreciate it as I've gotten older. RIP true talent.
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Old 12-21-2010, 06:03 AM   #10
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That's too bad. That show was one of the re-runs that would come on around 6:00 on UHF, that my brother and sister and I would watch.
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Old 12-21-2010, 07:11 AM   #11
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I was a huge fan of that show. I still use Wojehowicz (sp?) line of "spelled just like it sounds" when I encounter some name that is impossible to pronounce/spell.

The first time I ever saw any part of the Godfather was when I was flipping around and came across Abe Vigoda and knew him from Barney Miller and started watching. I even remember that it was the funeral scene when he tells Michael that Barzini wants to set up a meeting. Boy was I annoyed that it was the end of the movie. Didn't take long before I found out what movie it was and then saw the whole thing.

(p.s. -- isn't it weird how memories work? I'd completely forgotten all of that about the Godfather, and then Steve Landesberg dies, and I start thinking of Barney Miller and its cast and ......)
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Old 12-21-2010, 07:13 AM   #12
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Old 12-21-2010, 08:10 AM   #13
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That show was made during a time when those that created shows had foresight to find a cast that would support their creation.

Too bad that breed of writer/creator doesn't seem to exist today.

Steve Landesberg will always be remembered as Dietrich.
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Old 12-21-2010, 08:38 AM   #14
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He was too young to pass, RIP.

Loved Barney Miller, and he was one of the best characters, my favorite kind of humor.

I wonder what was the cause of death? Odd that they wouldn't at least say something about it.
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Old 12-21-2010, 08:43 AM   #15
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He was too young to pass, RIP.

Loved Barney Miller, and he was one of the best characters, my favorite kind of humor.

I wonder what was the cause of death? Odd that they wouldn't at least say something about it.
.... after a battle with cancer.
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