Richard Libertini — You’ll Know The Face

Richard LibertiniRichard Libertini died a few days ago. A character actor with a significant body of work, I remember him solely for his appearance in the In-Laws (1979 version) with Peter Falk and Alan Arkin.

He played General Garcia, the crazy South American dictator with a plan to topple the world’s currencies.

“I am a pacifist by nature with a deep Quaker belief in the sanctity of human life. I wish I had a choice but to kill you.”

I met Richard Libertini at least 25 years ago at Channel 8 in Connecticut. He was promoting something else, but I got a chance to tell him how he stole this scene. He did. Arkin and Falk were putty in his hands.

He was very gracious and it was obvious he knew this was his life’s most memorable work.

2 Responses to “Richard Libertini — You’ll Know The Face”

  1. Mark Levine says:

    I think he had an appearance as a suspect on NYPD Blue. Always enjoyed his work RIP.

  2. Debbie Z says:

    This version of The In-Laws was my mother’s favorite movie. Absolutely loved him as the crazy dictator. The dead-pan face of Peter Falk, as if this was perfectly normal, made it even funnier. RIP.

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