With just seven months until the new Ghostbusters hits the big screen, a star from the beloved original movies has passed away. Entertainment Weekly is reporting that actor David Margulies, who played New York City Mayor Lenny Clotch in both 1984's Ghostbusters and the 1989 sequel Ghostbusters 2, has passed away at the age of 78 in New York City. The actor's agent Mary Harden confirmed the news, revealing that he passed from a lengthy battle with an undisclosed illness.
David Margulies was born February 19, 1937 in Brooklyn, and after graduating from City College, he made his off-Broadway debut in 1958 with a role in the production Golden 6. His first film appearance came in 1971's A New Leaf, and he would go on to star in films like All That Jazz, Dressed to Kill, and Times Square before landing the role of New York Mayor Lenny Clotch in the original Ghostbusters. He delivered the memorable line, "Being miserable and treating other people like dirt is every New Yorker's God-given right!" in the 1984 classic, later reprising his role in the 1989 sequel.
Other notable film credits include Nine 1/2 Weeks, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Ishtar, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Ira & Abby and All Good Things. Most recently, he starred in Fading Gigolo, A Most Violent Year and the upcoming License Plates. On the TV side, he had a recurring role as Neil Mink, Tony Soprano's lawyer on The Sopranos and he stars in the upcoming ABC miniseries Madoff as Elie Wiesel.
He also recently appeared on the small screen in Happyish, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Political Animals. The actor also had a flourishing career on the stage, making his Broadway debut in 1973 with a revival of The Iceman Cometh. He also appeared in Conversations With My Father, Angels in America: Perestroika and Wonderful Town, among many others. The actor was also a founding member of the San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater.
The Ghostbusters reboot features cameo performances from many of the franchise's original stars, such as Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts and Ernie Hudson. It isn't known if David Margulies filmed a cameo role before his death, or if he was even approached to come back, but we'll keep you posted if any updates surface. Will you be watching the original Ghostbusters tonight to pay tribute to the late David Margulies?