Dabney Coleman: TV and film actor dies at 92

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image caption, Mr Coleman (C) as Ron Carlisle in Tootsie in a scene with Dustin Hoffman (L) and George Gaines (R).

Daphne Coleman, best known for portraying catenarous characters in films like Tootsie and 9 to 5, has died at the age of 92.

The Austin, Texas native died at her home in Santa Monica, California, her daughter told US media.

Mr. Coleman began his career on Broadway in the 1960s.

He later became known as a character actor in various television and film roles, as well as for his trademark moustache.

One of her breakthrough roles was as a crooked politician in the 1970s soap opera Mary Hartman.

9 to 5, released in 1980, starred opposite Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton, playing Franklin Hart Jr. – their obnoxious, sexist boss.

His character in 1982’s Tootsie was similarly devoid of redeeming qualities, as was the NBC sitcom in which Mr. Coleman later played the title character of Buffalo Bill.

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image caption, Picture taken by Daphne Coleman 2016

But while he’s best known for playing villains for laughs, he’s also taken on a variety of dramatic roles and voiceover work.

„Acting is acting, in my opinion,” he said in a 2012 interview about the changes in his career. „If you can’t fix it, something is wrong.”

Mr. Coleman won an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award for his television appearances.

His daughter, singer Quincy Coleman, told The Hollywood Reporter: „My father shaped his time on earth with an inquisitive mind, generous heart and soul, with passion, desire and humor that tickled humanity’s funny bone.”

„When he lived, he went about this final act of his life with grace, distinction and mastery,” he said.

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