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Subject: Robert P. Lieb - Veteran Character Actor

Died at 88
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Date Posted: October 01, 2002 8:12:02 EDT

Veteran character actor Robert P. Lieb, whose career spanned five decades on Broadway, film and television, died Saturday Sept. 28 of complications from intestinal surgery earlier this year. He was 88.
Lieb was born in Pelham, N.Y. and attended NYU before an acting career won out. He joked often that his first role was as a dead body falling out of a closet in the 1940s Broadway hit "Mr. and Mrs. North." From that rather acrobatic beginning came more serious roles, particularly in the original Broadway casts of "Inherit the Wind," "Death of a Salesman," "Harvey" and "Two Blind Mice."

Lieb also appeared in many early television shows, including "Sgt. Bilko" and "Playhouse 90" as well as "Hazel" (where he had a recurring role as George Baxter's brother-in-law) and a classic episode of "The Twilight Zone," in which Lieb played a bemused cop opposite Art Carney's department store-turned-real-life Santa Claus.

There were many other television roles in the 1960s through the 1990s. One of his last televison appearances was opposite Tim Daly and Lauren Holly in the cable telepic "Dangerous Heart."

Lieb's feature film credits include "Angel in My Pocket," "The Graduate," "Myra Breckenridge" (in which he played John Huston's seedy attorney) and "The Parallax View."

He and his family moved to Los Angeles from New York in 1960.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Ina; three daughters, one of whom, Devra Lieb, is a partner in Hollywood literary agency Hohman Maybank Lieb; and two grandsons.

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