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US actor Steve Landesberg dies

Steve Landesberg
Image caption Landesberg appeared in The Cleaner last year

US actor Steve Landesberg, who starred in US TV show Barney Miller, has died.

Landesberg played Detective Sgt Arthur Dietrich in the long-running 1970s programme and most recently appeared in 2008 film, Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

Landesberg's agent, Jeffrey Leavitt, said he died on Monday but the cause of death has not yet been revealed.

The actor also made guest appearances on a number of shows, including The Golden Girls and Saturday Night Live.

'Wonderful comic'

Barney Miller won several awards in its day, including an Emmy for outstanding comedy series in 1982 and the Golden Globe award for best television comedy or musical series in 1976 and 1977.

Landesberg's other credits include The Rockford Files and Everybody Hates Chris.

"He was a wonderful comic and superb actor who gave so much of himself in every performance," said Shirley Jones, who appeared opposite Landesberg in what was one of his final appearances, an episode of The Cleaner last year.