David Margulies
David Joseph Margulies

(1937-02-19)February 19, 1937
New York City, U.S.
DiedJanuary 11, 2016(2016-01-11) (aged 78)
New York City, U.S.
Years active1972–2016
SpouseCarol Grant (divorced)

David Joseph Margulies (February 19, 1937 – January 11, 2016) was an American actor.

Early life

Margulies was born in Brooklyn, New York City, the son of Runya (née Zeltzer), a nurse and museum employee, and Harry David Margulies, a lawyer.[1][2][3] He graduated from City College of New York.


Margulies made his stage debut in the off-Broadway play Golden 6 (1958). In that same year, he joined the American Shakespeare Festival as an apprentice, which led to his receiving an Actors' Equity Association contract for the 1960 theater season.[4] His first Broadway appearance was in the 1973 revival of The Iceman Cometh.

His film credits include The Front (1976), Last Embrace (1979), All That Jazz (1979), Hide in Plain Sight (1980), Dressed to Kill (1980), Times Square (1980), I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can (1982), Daniel (1983), Ghostbusters (1984), Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986), 9½ Weeks (1986), Ishtar (1987), Running on Empty (1988), Ghostbusters II (1989), Out on a Limb (1992), A Stranger Among Us (1992), Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994), and Fading Gigolo (2013).[5]

His television credits include Kojak, Tales from the Darkside, Spenser: For Hire, The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, Chicago Hope, NYPD Blue, Northern Exposure, Touched by an Angel, four episodes of Law & Order, and eight episodes of The Sopranos as mob boss Tony Soprano's lawyer Neil Mink.[5]

Personal life

Margulies died on January 11, 2016, of cancer in Manhattan, New York, at the age of 78. He was survived by his partner, actress Lois Smith, as well as his son Johnathon and his grandson from his marriage which had ended in divorce.[6][7][8]


Additional Broadway credits


  1. ^ David Margulies profile, filmreference.com; accessed January 13, 2016.
  2. ^ David Margulies profile, milkenarchive.org; accessed December 19, 2015.
  3. ^ Bloom, Nate. "Celebrity Jews", jweekly.com, March 10, 2006; accessed December 19, 2015.
  4. ^ "Bard Academy Awards Equity Contracts to 7". Bridgeport, CT. The Bridgeport Post. April 17, 1960. p. 13. Retrieved April 2, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  5. ^ a b David Margulies at IMDb
  6. ^ "Stage and Screen Actor David Margulies Passes Away at 88". BroadwayWorld.com. Archived from the original on January 12, 2016. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  7. ^ Reddit comment from his grandson with picture; states "one of" his sons.
  8. ^ Reddit comment from his grandson; mods verified it in the comment below his.