Los Angeles, California
Steve Landesberg may have been best known for his role as the intellectual and sometimes annoying Detective Sgt. Arthur Dietrich on the long-running 1970s cop comedy “Barney Miller.”
But younger audiences knew him too — for a slew of recent parts such as the doctor on the 2008 hit movie “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.”
The veteran actor died Monday at age 65, his agent, Jeffrey Leavitt, reports.
“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.
His most successful role was that of Dietrich on “Barney Miller, which was set in a New York City police station populated by oddballs and eccentrics. It aired from 1975 to 1982.