David Margulies, the Mayor of New York in the 'Ghostbusters' films, dies at 78

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David Margulies, 'Ghostbusters' Actor and Broadway Star, Dies at 78


David Margulies, who played New York City Mayor Lenny Clotch in the Ghostbusters films and Tony Soprano's sleazy lawyer Neil Mink on The Sopranos, has died. He was 78.

Margulies, a veteran character actor of more than a dozen Broadway shows, died Monday, his agent, Harry Abrams, confirmed.

The busy Margulies recently appeared in episodes of The Good Wife, Blue Bloods, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Happyish, and he was cast as Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel -- a famous Ponzi scheme victim -- in the upcoming ABC telefilm Madoff.

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David Margulies, the Mayor of New York in the 'Ghostbusters' films, dies at 78
FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2006 file photo, actor David Margulies talks about his role in the play "The Murder of Isaac," in Baltimore. Margulies, a veteran actor of the stage and screen, whose career spanned decades on Broadway and numerous film roles including the mayor in âGhostbusters,â has died at age 78. Margulies died in New York on Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, his agent Mary Harden said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Chris Gardner, File)
LAW & ORDER -- 'Seed' Episode 15 -- Air Date 02/15/1995 -- Pictured: David Margulies as Doctor Jordan Delbert (Photo by Jessica Burstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
David Margulies, Rafael Sarding and Director Michael Tolajian (Photo by J. Vespa/WireImage)
David Margulies during 2003 Tribeca Film Festival - 'Bought and Sold' Portraits at Wireimage Portrait Studio in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by J. Vespa/WireImage)
LAW & ORDER -- 'Seed' Episode 15 -- Aired 2/15/95 -- Pictured: David Margulies as Dr. Delbert (Photo by Jessica Burstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 20: Lois Smith and David Margulies attend the Horton Foote Prizes private award reception at The Players Club on September 20, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 23: Actors David Margulies, Lois Smith and Ron Eldard attend the premiere of 'Roadie' during the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival at SVA Theater on April 23, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Dario Cantatore/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 20: Actors David Margulies and Lois Smith attend the 2011 Shakespeare In The Park Gala at the Delacorte Theater on June 20, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 06: Actor David Margulies attends the 'Roadie' screening at the Angelika Film Center on December 6, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 21: Actors David Margulies and Anna Chlumsky attend the all-star reading of 'Hamlet' at The Players Club on February 21, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 21: Actor David Margulies attends the all-star reading of 'Hamlet' at The Players Club on February 21, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Janette Pellegrini/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: David Margulies and Lois Smith attend The 4th Annual Running Of The Red Bulls Benefit at The Bowery Hotel on June 4, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Mack/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: David Margulies attends Signature Theatre Annual Gala at The Signature Center on February 11, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Janette Pellegrini/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 14: Lois Smith and David Margulies attend the opening night after party for the Playwrights Horizons New York premiere production of 'Marjorie Prime' at Tir Na Nog Irish Pub & Grill on December 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/Getty Images)
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Margulies' film résumé also includes The Front (1976), All That Jazz (1979), Dressed to Kill (1980), Nine 1/2 Weeks (1986), Ishtar (1987), Funny About Love (1990), Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994) and A Most Violent Year (2014).

His "Mayor Clotch" was a thinly disguised reference to 1980s NYC mayor Ed Koch, of course.

A native of Brooklyn and graduate of City College of New York, Margulies made his Broadway debut in a 1973 revival of Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh. He went on the appear in such productions as Comedians, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Conversations With My Father, Angels in America (as attorney Roy Cohn), A Thousand Clowns, 45 Seconds From Broadway and Wonderful Town.

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