Remembering A Legendary Film Star

We are saddened to announce the passing of Dabney Coleman, the beloved actor known for his incredible performances in iconic films such as 9 to 5, Boardwalk Empire, and Tootsie. At the age of 92, Coleman peacefully departed on Thursday at his home in Santa Monica.

In a heartfelt statement, his daughter Quincy Coleman described her father’s remarkable life. She said, “My father crafted his time here on Earth with a curious mind, a generous heart, and a soul on fire with passion, desire, and humor that tickled the funny bone of humanity. As he lived, he moved through this final act of his life with elegance, excellence, and mastery.”

Quincy Coleman went on to describe her father as “a teacher, a hero, and a king,” and added, “He was a gift and blessing in life and in death as his spirit will shine through his work, his loved ones, and his legacy eternally.”

Dabney Coleman was a true master of his craft, leaving an indelible mark on the world of film and television. With over 60 films and numerous TV projects to his name, his illustrious career spanned more than six decades. Coleman’s versatility and talent as an actor were evident in his portrayal of unsympathetic characters, earning him widespread acclaim.

One of his most memorable roles was as Franklin Hart Jr., the sexist and egotistical boss in the 1980 hit 9 to 5. His performance in this film was praised by Rolling Stone, stating that he played the character “to smarmy mustachioed perfection.”

Reflecting on his experience working alongside stars Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin, and Jane Fonda in 9 to 5, Coleman expressed his gratitude for their support. In an interview with Vulture, he mentioned how they included him in every aspect of the film, making sure he was part of publicity shots and tours. Their inclusiveness showcased their sensitivity and respect for him as a colleague.

Throughout his career, Dabney Coleman received numerous accolades. He won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his role in 1987’s Sworn to Silence. In total, he received six Emmy nominations, including two for his portrayal of the distasteful talk show host “Buffalo Bill” in the 1983 series Buffalo Bill. Additionally, he was awarded a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a TV Series Musical or Comedy in 1988 for his work in The Slap Maxwell Story.

In addition to his outstanding television work, Coleman’s notable film credits include Tootsie (1982), WarGames (1983), The Beverly Hillbillies (1993), and Inspector Gadget (1999). He also lent his voice to Principal Peter Prickley in ABC Kids’ Recess and portrayed Louis “The Commodore” Kaestner in Boardwalk Empire.

Reflecting on Coleman’s significant impact on film and television, actor Ben Stiller tweeted, “The great Dabney Coleman literally created, or defined, really – in a uniquely singular way – an archetype as a character actor. He was so good at what he did it’s hard to imagine movies and television of the last 40 years without him.”

Dabney Coleman’s legacy will forever inspire and entertain future generations. His memorable performances stand as a testament to his exceptional talent and unwavering dedication to his craft. Let us remember and celebrate the immeasurable contributions he made to the world of entertainment.


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