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Actor Steve Landesberg, who played Det. Dietrich on ABC's 'Barney Miller,' dies [Updated]

December 20, 2010 |  5:02 pm



This is a corrected version of an earlier post. See note below.

Steve Landesberg, a comic actor who played Det. Arthur Dietrich on the long-running ABC sitcom "Barney Miller," has died in Los Angeles.

Landesberg's agent, Jeff Leavitt, confirmed the death.

Landesberg was part of a solid crew of actors playing New York Police Department detectives in the ensemble cast that included Hal Linden as Miller, Abe Vigoda as Fish, Ron Glass as Harris, Max Gail as Wojo and Jack Soo as Yemana. Landesberg appeared on the show from 1976 to 1982.

More recently he had a role in the 2008 film "Forgetting Sarah Marshall."

A full obituary will follow at

For the record, 6:10 p.m. Dec. 20: An earlier version of this post and its headline gave Landesberg's age as 65. In fact, there is some uncertainty about his date of birth. We will report that information in a future post.

 -- Claire Noland

Photo: Steve Landesberg, back row center, played Dietrich on "Barney Miller." Credit: ABC