December 23, 2010

Steve Landesberg, You Were One of My Favorites

Barney Miller: The Complete Third SeasonSteve Landesberg died December 20. He wasn't the most famous comic, but he was a favorite for me. He had Bill Maher's humorous sensibilities without the political chip on his shoulder. His deft ability to cast innuendo without being salacious, hateful or bitter amazes me as I plow through old clips on YouTube.

I mostly knew him from his character Dietrich on Barney Miller. He was a strong secondary personality on the show, but never insignificant.

Class, wit, intelligence, all in one. Maher, as far as I see it, took notes from Landesberg while growing up, which is probably why I find Maher occasionally funny.

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