David Margulies, ‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘Sopranos’ Actor, Dies at 78

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David Margulies, the actor who played New York City’s mayor in the “Ghostbusters” film franchise and held a recurring role as Tony Soprano’s lawyer on “The Sopranos,” died Monday due to illness.  He was 78.

Beyond his notable “Sopranos” appearances as attorney Neil Mink — a character that appeared on the show from 2000 to 2007 — Margulies filmed episodes of “Law & Order,” “Happyish,”  “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “The Good Wife.”

His big screen career included roles in “Ace Venture: Pet Detective” (1994), “Nine 1/2 Weeks” (1986) and, most recently, crime drama “A Most Violent Year” (2014).  Margulies was also cast as Nobel prize-winning author Elie Wiesel in 2016’s “Madoff,” a TV movie about financier Bernie Madoff’s infamous Ponzi scheme.

Also a prominent stage actor, the Brooklyn native made his Broadway debut in a 1973 revival of “The Iceman Cometh.” Throughout his stage career, he appeared in over a dozen Broadway productions, including “Comedians,” “Angels in America,” “45 Seconds From Broadway” and “Wonderful Town.”

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  1. Marty Gillis says:

    A really fine character actor! David Margulies will always be fondly remembered for playing Mayor Lenny Clotch in Ghostbusters and the 8 appearances he made as Tony Soprano’s lecherous sleazoid attorney Neil Mink. Of course, there were so many more roles and Mr. Margulies could chew the scenery with the best of em, always stealing the scenes he was in. (Most likely unintentionally)

    We’ve lost one of the good ones.

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