* Leon Liebgold, 83, longtime star of...


* Leon Liebgold, 83, longtime star of Yiddish theater and films, died Sept. 3 in New Hope, Pa. He starred as the ill-fated son in the 1937 Yiddish film classic "The Dybbuk" and appeared in stage productions of the same work for years. He also played a leading role in the 1936 film "Yidl Mit'n Fidl." His stage credits include "Mazel Tov, Molly" (1950); "The Wedding March" (1956); "My Son and I" (1960); "A Goldfaden Dream" (1979); "The Romanian Wedding" (1981); and "L'Chaim to Life" (1986). A native of Poland, he began his career as a vaudeville performer, then joined the Vilna Troupe, a Yiddish theater company. He acted in several films in Poland before coming to the United States in the 1930s. In the late 1970s he was president of the Hebrew Actors Union, one of the nation's oldest theatrical guilds.

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