Richard Libertini

Actor, Trumpet player
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 ... Read more »
Born: 05/21/1933 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Actor (76)

Aquarius 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dolphin Tale 2011 (Movie)

Fisherman (Actor)

Supernatural 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Everybody Wants to Be Italian 2008 (Movie)

Aldo "Papa" Tempesti (Actor)

Numb3rs 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Grilled 2007 (Movie)

Rabbi Silver (Actor)

Jane Doe: How to Fire Your Boss 2005 (Movie)

Dr. Franklin Bennett (Actor)

The 4th Tenor 2002 (Movie)

Vincenzo (Actor)

The Drew Carey Show 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Chicago Hope 1991 - 1997, 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

L.A. Law 1991 - 1997, 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman 1991 - 1994, 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1991 - 1997, 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

NYPD Blue 1991 - 1994, 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nash Bridges 1991 - 1992, 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The District 1991 - 1997, 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cosby 1991 - 1992, 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Norm 1991 - 1992, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Once and Again 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Columbo: Ashes to Ashes 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Law & Order 1995, 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 1992 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Steven Spielberg Presents Pinky & The Brain 1995 - 1999 (TV Show)

Voice

Telling You 1999 (Movie)

Mr P (Actor)

The Italian Passion For Life 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Murphy Brown 1988 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Cultivating Charlie 1994 (Movie)

Glosser (Actor)

Nell 1994 (Movie)

Alexander Paley (Actor)

Going to Extremes 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Empty Nest 1991 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

Pacific Station 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

And You Thought Your Parents Were Weird 1991 (Movie)

of Matthew Carson (Voice)

The Fanelli Boys 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Awakenings 1990 (Movie)

Sidney (Actor)

DuckTales: The Movie 1990 (Movie)

of Dijon (Voice)

The Bonfire of the Vanities 1990 (Movie)

Ed Rifkin (Actor)

The Lemon Sisters 1990 (Movie)

Nicholas Panas (Actor)

Animal Behavior 1989 (Movie)

Dr Parris (Actor)

Fletch Lives 1989 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

Betrayed 1988 (Movie)

Sam Kraus (Actor)

Family Man 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

George Burns Comedy Week 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Big Trouble 1985 (Movie)

Dr Lopez (Actor)

Fletch 1985 (Movie)

Walker (Actor)

All of Me 1984 (Movie)

Prahka Lasa (Actor)

Unfaithfully Yours 1984 (Movie)

Giuseppe (Actor)

Deal of the Century 1983 (Movie)

Masaggi (Actor)

Going Berserk 1983 (Movie)

Sun Yi (Actor)

Best Friends 1982 (Movie)

Jorge Medina (Actor)

Bret Maverick 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Soup For One 1982 (Movie)

Angelo (Actor)

Sharky's Machine 1981 (Movie)

Nosh (Actor)

Soap 1977 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Popeye 1980 (Movie)

Geezil (Actor)

The In-Laws 1979 (Movie)

General Garcia (Actor)

Days of Heaven 1978 (Movie)

Vaudeville Leader (Actor)

Calling Dr. Storm 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Fire Sale 1977 (Movie)

(Actor)

I Wonder Who's Killing Her Now 1975 (Movie)

(Actor)

Let's Celebrate 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Story Theater 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

The Melba Moore-Clifton Davis Show 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Catch-22 1970 (Movie)

Brother (Actor)

The Out-of-Towners 1970 (Movie)

(Actor)

Don't Drink the Water 1969 (Movie)

Father Drobney (Actor)

The Night They Raided Minsky's 1968 (Movie)

Pockets (Actor)

A Bright Shining Lie (TV Show)

Actor

A Grandpa For Christmas (TV Show)

Actor

Extreme Close-Up (TV Show)

Actor

Fair Game (TV Show)

Actor

House of Frankenstein 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Jenny (TV Show)

Actor

The Fourth Wise Man (TV Show)

Actor

The Trial of Bernhard Goetz (TV Show)

Actor

Three on a Date (TV Show)

Actor

Vendetta (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

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 Minsky'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 '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 Altman's "Popeye" (1980) and appeared alongside Burt Reynolds in "Sharky'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 character's befuddled copy chief. He furthered his character actor reputation throughout the '80s with roles in "Unfaithfully Yours" (1984) and the Steve Martin-starring "All of Me" (1984). In the early '90s, Libertini also dabbled in voice acting, chiefly as the genie Dijon in Disney'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.

Relationships

Son

Melinda Dillon Actor

Wife
Married Sept. 30, 1963 Divorced Jan. 18, 1978

Melinda Dillon

Wife
divorced

EDUCATION

Emerson College

Boston, Massachusetts

Milestones

1991

Starred with Robert Guillaume in "Pacific Station"

1990

Series regular, "The Fanelli Boys"

1989

Reprised role in "Fletch Lives!"

1988

Played attorney Barry Slotnick in "The Trial of Bernhard Goetz" for American Playhouse

1984

Co-starred with Lily Tomlin and Steve Martin in "All of Me"

1984

Played Frank Walker in "Fletch"

1979

Featured as General Garcia in "The In-Laws"

1977

Played the Godfather on the ABC sitcom, "Soap"

1972

Series regular on "The Melba Moore-Clifton Davis Show"

1970

Ensemble member of Broadway production of "Paul Sills' Story Theatre"

1968

Reprised role in feature version, "Don't Drink the Water"

1967

Billed as Dick Libertini in "Don't Drink the Water" on Broadway

1961

Appeared as member of "The Stewed Prunes" in "Three by Three"

Member, Second City troupe, Chicago

Formed "The Stewed Prunes" with actor MacIntyre Dixon

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