David Margulies, 'Ghostbusters' Mayor, Is Dead At 78 - Cause Of Death Unknown

Stephen Jordan

David Margulies, veteran character actor, has died on Monday, January 11, 2016, Broadway World reports. The cause of his death is currently unknown.

But the acting career of David Margulies became even more successful career once he hit Broadway, where Margulies debuted in 1973 in a revival of The Iceman Cometh. He also appeared in Conversations With My Father, Angels in America: Perestroika, as the character Roy Cohn, and Wonderful Town.

David is probably best known for a few small roles in films such as the classic '80s comedy Ghostbusters. Margulies played the mayor of New York City in the film, and came back to reprise that role in the 1989 sequel, Ghostbusters II.

"If I'm wrong, nothing happens! We go to jail - peacefully, quietly. We'll enjoy it! But if I'm right, and we can stop this thing... Lenny, you will have saved the lives of millions of registered voters," Bill Murray's character Dr. Peter Venkman told Margulies' Mayor character.

David Margulies' death arises just as his final role as writer-activist Elie Wisel, one of Bernie Madoff's fraud victims, in the upcoming ABC miniseries is being released next month. It stars Richard Dreyfuss as Bernie Madoff and Blythe Danner playing his wife, Ruth. The television movie will be based on Bernie Madoff's rise and fall and the financier's Ponzi scheme that pulled $65 billion from several unsuspecting victims. In real life, Ruth was able to negotiate a deal with prosecutors to keep $2.5 million of Bernie's fraudulent money following his arrest. Other cast members include Charles Grodin as Carl Shapiro, comedian Lewis Black as Ezra Merkin) and Erin Cummings as Madoff's longtime secretary Eleanor Squillari.

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