January 13, 2016 2:37 am

Richard Libertini, known for memorable roles in ‘The In-Laws’ and ‘All of Me,’ dead at 82

This photo provided by courtesy of NBC shows Richard Libertini as Saul Hodiak in season one of the TV series, "Aquarius." The comedic character actor Libertini has died at age 82. Libertini's ex-wife Melinda Dillon says he died Jan. 7, 2016, after a 2-yearlong battle with cancer.

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LOS ANGELES – The comedic character actor Richard Libertini has died. He was 82.

Libertini’s ex-wife Melinda Dillon says he died Jan. 7 after a 2-year-long battle with cancer.

The bald-and-bearded actor portrayed such memorable characters as the wacky Latin American general from 1979’s “The In-Laws,” the eccentric Tibetan mystic from 1984’s “All of Me” and the boss of Chevy Chase’s newspaper reporter Irwin Fletcher in the “Fletch” films.

Libertini also appeared in the movies “Big Trouble,” “Days of Heaven,” “Popeye” and “Awakenings,” as well as the TV series “Baretta,” “The Bob Newhart Show,” “Moonlighting” and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.”

Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Libertini started his career with the Second City improvisational group in Chicago.

He is survived by his son, Richard; sister, Alice; and brother, Albert.

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