Michael Lerner, one of the best-known faces of cinema – Grupo R Multimedio

Michael Lerner, known for his participation in films such as ‘Elf’, ‘Godzilla’ and ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’, passed away on Sunday, April 9 at the age of 81. The news was confirmed by his nephew, also an actor Sam Lerner, who shared a message of regret through social networks, although he did not reveal the causes.

“Last night we lost a legend. It’s hard to put into words how brilliant my Uncle Michael was and how influential he was to me,” the celebrity wrote alongside several photos of the star. He also highlighted the great talent and charm that the interpreter had.

He was nominated for an Oscar for Barton Fink, by brothers Joel and Ethan Coen. His best role was his portrayal of movie mogul Jack Lipnick, the pushy boss of screenwriter John Turturro, with his sometimes outrageous tone in the film, was what put him on the audience’s radar. The film won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

Lerner was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar, which he lost at the 1992 ceremony to Jack Palance, for Friends…Always Friends, the comedy with Billy Crystal.

Lerner would return to work under the orders of the Coens in A Serious Man (2009), which was nominated for an Oscar. Born on June 22, 1941 in Brooklyn, New York, Lerner began his acting career working on the other coast of the United States, at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco in the late 1960s. An actor of Romanian ancestry, he would land supporting roles in titles like M*A*S*H, Starsky & Hutch, and Hill Street Blues, among dozens of other series. In cinema, his first appearance was in The Fabulous World of Alex, by Paul Mazursky, in 1970. He had also always participated in supporting roles, in films such as The Candidate, with Robert Redford, The Postman Rings Twice, with Jack Nicholson , Eight Men Out and The Kings of the Night (Harlem Nights), by and with Eddie Murphy. In Godzilla (1998), in Roland Emmerich’s version (Independence Day, and 2012), he played a pompous mayor of New York, the city the monster attacked. His character’s last name was Ebert, like the legendary film critic Rober Ebert, which was a satire (because of how he was characterized).

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Michael Lerner, one of the best-known faces of cinema – Grupo R Multimedio