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Dabney Coleman

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Coleman in the trailer of The Towering Inferno (1974)

Dabney Wharton Coleman (January 3, 1932 – May 16, 2024) was an American actor.[1] He has appeared in over 50 movies including Tootsie (1982) and You've Got Mail (1998).[2] He was born in Austin, Texas. He was also known for being the voice of Principal Peter Prickly in Recess (1997–2001) and appearing as Louis "The Commodore" Kaestner in Boardwalk Empire (2010–2011). His career began in 1961.

Coleman was nominated for six Emmy Awards, winning one in 1987. He was also nominated for three Golden Globe Awards, winning one in 1987 as well.

Coleman was married to Ann Courtney Harrell between 1957 until they divorced in 1959. He was later married to Jean Hale from 1961 until they divorced in 1984. He has four children. In 2012, Coleman revealed that he was diagnosed with throat cancer.[3]

Coleman died on May 16, 2024 at his home in Santa Monica, California at the age of 89.[4][5] The cause of death was cardiac arrest caused by heart failure.[6]


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  2. "Dabney Coleman". Film Reference. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
  3. Dabney Coleman's real-life cancer affected Boardwalk Empire (also, Dabney Coleman had cancer)
  4. "'9 to 5' Star Dabney Coleman Dies at 89". TMZ. May 17, 2024. Retrieved May 17, 2024.[permanent dead link]
  5. "Dabney Coleman, Who Built a Career Out of Playing Jerks, Dies at 89". The Hollywood Reporter. May 17, 2024. Retrieved May 17, 2024.
  6. "Dabney Coleman's Death Certificate Reveals Official Cause Of Death". Yahoo!. May 24, 2024. Retrieved May 26, 2024.

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