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Barney Miller Star Steve Landesberg dead at 65


LOS ANGELES, Calif. ---- Actor comedian Steven Landesberg, a star on the 1970’s and ‘80s police comedy “Barney Miller” and the motion picture “Forgetting Sarah Marshall has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 65.

Landesberg’s agent, Jeffrey Leavitt said the veteran comic died on Monday. "I'm sorry to report the loss of Steve," Leavitt told The Hollywood Reporter.

"Steve was a true 'Gentleman,'" Leavitt said late Monday, shortly after the actor's death. "Working with Steve was an honor both personally and professionally. ... He will be missed."

The New York born actor was probably best known for his role as the intellectual and sometimes annoying Detective Sgt. Arthur Dietrich on the long running ABC sitcom “Barney Miller.”  In addition to his extensive television career, Landesberg also appeared the motion pictures “Wild Hogs”, “Leader of the Band” and “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.”

"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.

Landesberg other credits include, “The Rockford Files,” “Cosby” “That 70s Show,” "Everyone Hates Chris,"  "Law and Order” and "The Golden Girls. He has also lent his voice to the animated series “American Dad.”

Information on Funeral arraignments and the cause of death have not been released.

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