Dabney Coleman, the Emmy-winning actor known for ‘9 to 5,’ has died at the age of 92

Dabney Coleman, the Emmy-winning actor known for ‘9 to 5,’ has died at the age of 92

Dabney Coleman, a character actor celebrated for his roles in the 1980 comedy “9 to 5” and the 1982 film “Tootsie,” died Thursday at his home in Santa Monica, California. He is 92 years old.

Coleman’s daughter, Quincy Coleman, confirmed his passing to Variety and shared a heartfelt statement highlighting her father’s inquisitive nature, generous spirit and passionate soul. He emphasized his lasting impact on the entertainment industry and his loved ones.

A stage actor in his early years, Coleman’s career took off in the 1980s with his portrayal of the chauvinistic boss, Franklin Hart Jr., in “9 to 5,” a role that cemented his talent for embodying the arrogant antagonist. He continued to excel in similar roles, most notably as the prejudiced soap opera director in “Tootsie.”

Coleman’s versatility extends beyond comedy, as he earned an Emmy award for his dramatic performance in the 1987 TV movie “Sworn to Silence.” He also gained recognition for his role in the critically acclaimed series “Boardwalk Empire”.

Born in Austin, Texas, in 1932, Coleman began his acting career after studying law at the University of Texas. His Broadway debut in 1961 paved the way for numerous television and film appearances, including memorable roles in “The Towering Inferno,” “WarGames,” and “You’ve Got Mail.”

In later years, Coleman starred as a famous lawyer in the CBS series “The Guardian” and made appearances in “Yellowstone” and Warren Beatty’s “Rules Don’t Apply.”

Coleman’s legacy lives on through his extensive body of work and the indelible mark he left on the world of entertainment. He leaves behind children, grandchildren, and a lasting legacy as a versatile and accomplished actor.

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