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David Margulies
David Joseph Margulies

(1937-02-19)February 19, 1937
New York City, U.S.
Died January 11, 2016(2016-01-11) (aged 78)
New York City, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1972–2016
Spouse(s) Carol Grant (divorced)
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David Joseph Margulies (February 19, 1937 – January 11, 2016) was an American actor.

Early life

Margulies was born in Brooklyn, New York City, the son of Runya (née Zeltzer), a nurse and museum employee, and Harry David Margulies, a lawyer. He graduated from City College of New York.


Margulies made his stage debut in the off-Broadway play Golden 6 (1958). In that same year, he joined the American Shakespeare Festival as an apprentice, which led to his receiving an Actors' Equity Association contract for the 1960 theater season. His first Broadway appearance was in the 1973 revival of The Iceman Cometh.


His television credits include Kojak, Tales from the Darkside, Spenser: For Hire, The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, Chicago Hope, NYPD Blue, Northern Exposure, Touched by an Angel, four episodes of Law & Order, and eight episodes of The Sopranos as mob boss Tony Soprano's lawyer Neil Mink.

Personal life

Margulies died on January 11, 2016, of cancer in Manhattan, New York, at the age of 78. He was survived by his partner, actress Lois Smith, as well as his son Johnathon and his grandson from his marriage which had ended in divorce.


  • Scarecrow in a Garden of Cucumbers (1972) as Walter Mitty (film debut)
  • The Front (1976) as Phelps
  • Last Embrace (1979) as Rabbi Josh Drexel
  • All That Jazz (1979) as Larry Goldie
  • Night-Flowers (1979) as Psychiatrist
  • Hide in Plain Sight (1980) as Detective Reilly
  • Dressed to Kill (1980) as Dr. Levy
  • Times Square (1980) as Dr. Zymansky
  • I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can (1982) as Walter Kress
  • Daniel (1983) as Dr. Duberstein
  • Ghostbusters (1984) as Mayor Lenny Clotch
  • Tales from the Darkside (1985, "Distant Signals" TV episode) as Gil Hurn
  • 9½ Weeks (1986) as Harvey
  • Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986) as Mr. Farber
  • Candy Mountain (1987) as Lawyer
  • Ishtar (1987) as Mr. Clarke
  • Magic Sticks (1987) as Goldfarb
  • Running on Empty (1988) as Dr. Jonah Reiff
  • Ghostbusters II (1989) as Lenny Clotch, The Mayor of New York City
  • Funny About Love (1990) as Dr. Benjamin
  • Law & Order (1991–2004, TV) as Various Roles
  • A Stranger Among Us (1992) as Lt. Oliver
  • Out on a Limb (1992) as Mr. Buchenwald
  • Day of Atonement (1992) (English version, voice)
  • Family Prayers (1993) as Uncle Sam
  • Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994) as Doctor
  • The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Hollywood Follies (1994, TV) as Carl Laemmle
  • Hudson River Blues (1997) as Stan
  • Lifebreath (1997) as Abe Gross
  • Celebrity (1998) as Counselor Adelman
  • Man of the Century (1999) as Mr. Meyerscholtz
  • Looking for an Echo (2000) as Dr. Ludwig
  • The Sopranos (2000–2007, TV) as Neil Mink
  • Touched by an Angel (2001, TV) as Sam Silverstein
  • Bought & Sold (2003) as Kutty Nazarian
  • Whiskey School (2005) as Rex Michaels
  • Ira & Abby (2006) as Dr. Arnold Friedman
  • Noise (2007) as Heart Attack Man
  • All Good Things (2010) as Mayor
  • Roadie (2011) as Don Muller
  • The Girl on the Train (2013) as Morris Herzman
  • A Most Violent Year (2014) as Saul Lefkowitz
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2015, TV) as Dr. Eric Setrakian
  • License Plates (2016) as Jacob
  • Madoff as Elie Wiesel
  • Adam Bloom (2016) as Harris Sutton (final film)
  • Curmudgeons (2016, Short) as Ralph (released posthumously)

Additional Broadway credits

  • Comedians (1976)
  • The West Side Waltz (1981)
  • Brighton Beach Memoirs (1983)
  • Conversations with My Father (1992)
  • Angels in America: Millennium Approaches (1993)
  • Angels in America: Perestroika (1993)
  • A Thousand Clowns (1996 revival)
  • 45 Seconds from Broadway (2001)
  • Wonderful Town (2003 revival)
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