Brooklyn-born character actor David Margulies, best known for his movie role as the Ed Koch-like mayor in a ghost-besieged New York City, has died at 78.The ‘Ghostbusters’ star also appeared as Tony Soprano’s ace lawyer Neil Mink in multiple episodes of the seminal HBO series “The Sopranos.”
He was still working even as his health declined in recent years, most recently getting cast as Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel in an upcoming TV flick about Ponzi fraudster Bernie Madoff.
The Jewish thespian’s biggest love seemed to be for the Broadway stage, where his first job was in the 1973 revival of “The Iceman Cometh.”
He appeared in more than a dozen shows on the Great White Way, including “45 Seconds From Broadway,” “Wonderful Town,” “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” and “Comedians.”
“Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda remembered him for playing lawyer Roy Cohn in Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America.”
“45 Seconds From Broadway” and “Wonderful Town.”
“I got to see him as Roy Cohn in Angels in high school. Unreal,” Miranda posted on Facebook. “A force onstage, a mensch offstage. I will miss him.”
He is survived by his companion, Lois Smith, and one child from a prior marriage.
John Oswald is The Forward’s deputy digital media editor.
Actor David Margulies, the Mayor in ‘Ghostbusters,’ Dies at 78