Dabney Coleman, Emmy Winner and Star of 9 to 5 and Tootsie, Dead at 92

Veteran actor Dabney Coleman, whose decades-long career in Hollywood included memorable roles in 9 to 5 and Tootsie and an Emmy award, has died at the age of 92, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Coleman had a long career in theater, film and television before playing sexist boss Franklin Hart Jr. in the 1980 hit comedy 9 to 5, alongside Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton. After that movie’s success, Coleman became a familiar face to moviegoers throughout the 1980s, with roles in Tootsie, WarGames, On Golden Pond, Cloak & Dagger and The Muppets Take Manhattan. He also starred as a cop who became reckless on the job when he believed he had a terminal illness in 1990’s Short Time.

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Coleman’s career on the small screen was just as impressive, with a notable turn on Norman Lear’s Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman followed by an acclaimed two-season run as a self-centered talk show host on NBC’s Buffalo Bill that earned him an Emmy nomination. He later starred on ABC’s The Slap Maxwell Story and NBC’s Madman of the People, the latter of which briefly ran between Seinfeld and ER in NBC’s Must See TV Thursday night lineup. He won an Emmy in 1987 for best supporting actor in a miniseries or movie for the TV movie Sworn to Silence.

More recently, Coleman starred opposite Simon Baker in the CBS drama The Guardian, which ran from 2001 to 2004. He went on to play Nucky’s mentor Commodore Louis Kastner on the HBO gangster drama Boardwalk Empire. His most recent TV role was a guest spot as John Dutton Sr., the father of Kevin Costner’s character, on a 2019 episode of Yellowstone.

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