US actor Michael Lerner, who obtained an Oscar nomination for his function in Barton Fink, has died on the age of 81.
Lerner died on the night of 8 April, his nephew Sam Lerner, actor in The Goldbergs sequence, introduced on Instagram by way of a tribute.
Alongside an image of his uncle, Sam Lerner mentioned: “We misplaced a legend final night time. It is arduous to place into phrases how sensible my uncle Michael was, and the way influential he was to me.
“His tales all the time impressed me and made me fall in love with performing. He was the best, most assured, proficient man, and the truth that he was my blood will all the time make me really feel particular.
“Everybody that is aware of him is aware of how insane he was- in the easiest way. I am so fortunate I obtained to spend a lot time with him, and we’re all fortunate we will proceed to observe his work for the remainder of time. RIP Michael, take pleasure in your limitless Cuban cigars, cozy chairs, and limitless film marathon.”
Born in New York, Lerner kicked off his performing profession on stage in productions of Demise of a Salesman and Twelfth Evening.
He would be a part of the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco in his 20s, later showing in supporting roles in TV exhibits reminiscent of The Brady Bunch, M*A*S*H and The Rockford Information.
Lerner featured in just a few movies earlier than a notable efficiency as movie producer Jack Lipnick within the Coen brothers’ 1991 thriller Barton Fink.
Right here, he starred alongside John Turturro, John Goodman and Judy Davis, and was nominated for an Oscar for finest supporting actor, however was pipped to the award by Jack Palance in Metropolis Slickers.
Lerner went on to star in bigger-budget movies like Godzilla, Elf and, extra not too long ago, X-Males: Days Of Future Previous.
He was additionally distinguished on TV, starring within the teen sitcom, Clueless and in just a few episodes of the musical comedy Glee.
Tributes poured in from those that Lerner had labored with all through his performing profession.
Glee and The Flash star Grant Gustin mentioned: “So sorry, Sam. A legend for positive,” whereas fellow Glee actor Nolan Funk mentioned: “I am so sorry Sam.”
The Goldbergs actress Wendi McLendon-Covey wrote: “I am so sorry! Sending like to you and your loved ones.”