Dabney Coleman: TV and film actor dead at 92

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Legend, Mr. Coleman (c) as Ron Carlisle in Tootsie, in a scene with Dustin Hoffman (left) and George Gaynes (right)

Dabney Coleman, best known for his portrayal of temperamental characters in films such as Tootsie and 9 to 5, has died at the age of 92.

Originally from Austin, Texas, he died at his home in Santa Monica, California, his daughter told US media.

Mr. Coleman began his career on Broadway in the 1960s.

He later became known as an actor in various television and film roles, as well as for his trademark mustache.

One of his notable roles was as a devious politician on the soap opera Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman in the 1970s.

In 9 to 5, released in 1980, he starred alongside Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton, playing Franklin Hart Jr – their obnoxious and sexist boss.

His character in Tootsie in 1982 also lacked any redeeming qualities, as did the title character in Buffalo Bill, the NBC sitcom in which Mr. Coleman later starred.

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Legend, Dabney Coleman photographed in 2016

But while he’s best known for playing bad men for laughs, he’s also taken on a range of dramatic and voiceover roles.

“Acting is acting, in my opinion,” he told an interviewer in 2012, about changes in his career. “And if you can’t make that adjustment, something is seriously wrong.”

Mr. Coleman has won an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe for his television appearances.

Most recently, he appeared in the western drama Yellowstone and had a recurring role as an influential businessman in the HBO gangster saga Boardwalk Empire.

His daughter, singer Quincy Coleman, told The Hollywood Reporter: “My father built his time here on Earth with a curious mind, a generous heart and a soul aflame with passion, desire and humor that tickled the bone. funny about humanity.”

“Throughout his life, he navigated this final act of his life with elegance, excellence and mastery,” she said.

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