Born in Brooklyn, American actor David Margulies studied at City College of New York and made his off-Broadway debut in 1958 in Golden 6. His first film was Elaine May’s A New Leaf, in 1971, and two years later he debuted on Broadway in The Iceman Cometh. His other Broadway credits include Conversations with My Father,Angels in America,The West Side Waltz,Comedians, Brighton Beach Memoirs, and, in the 2001-02 season, 45 Seconds from Broadway and the City Center Encore’s production of Carnival. His many other off-Broadway appearances include his one-man shows Gimpel the Fool and In Dreams Begin Responsibilities, and Bashevis,Tales of I. B. Singer. In regional theaters he played leading roles in She Stoops to Conquer (Long Wharf), The Rivals (Hartford Stage), Hysteria (Mark Taper Forum), and The Price (Guthrie), and he was a founding member of San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater. His television appearances included The Sopranos, Law and Order, Northern Exposure, and Touched by an Angel; his films included Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2 (as the Mayor of New York), Dressed to Kill, All That Jazz, Running on Empty, and 9 1/2 Weeks.
David passed away on Monday, January 11, 2016. He was 78.