Actor Steve Landesberg Dies At Age 65

Best known for his role as detective Arthur Dietrich on the TV sitcom Barney Miller, actor Steve Landesberg passed away in Los Angeles on Monday after battling cancer.

“Steve was a true gentleman,” said his agent, Jeffrey Leavitt “Working with Steve was an honor both personally and professionally. He will be missed.”

Aside from his role on ‘Barney Miller,’ Landesberg was also a veteran stand-up comic and writer. He wrote several episodes of the STARZ series ‘Head Case,’ and played Dr. Finkelstein on the show. He also had a regular role on ‘Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers’ and made appearances on ‘The Golden Girls,’ ‘Ghost Whisperer,’ ‘That ‘70s Show,’ ‘American Dad,’ ‘Harvey Birdman, Attorney-At-Law,’ ‘Law & Order,’ ‘The Rockford Files’ and many others [including ‘Saturday Night Live’ and ‘Everybody Hates Chris’].

His last role was in a 2009 episode of ‘The Cleaner.’


-Steve Landesberg is credited with the quote “Honesty is the best policy, but insanity is a better defense.”

-He was part of improv group ‘New York Stickball Team’, which performed several shows that were aired on cable television shortly after Barney Miller went off the air.

-Steve also appeared in the motion pictures Wild Hogs, Leader of the Band and Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

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