Ghostbusters, Sopranos actor and Broadway veteran David Margulies dies aged 78

Veteran actor of the stage and screen David Margulies, whose most famous film role was playing the mayor in Ghostbusters, has died. He was 78.

Margulies died in New York on Monday, his agent Mary Harden said on Tuesday. No cause of death was immediately available, she said.

He played the mayor of New York, Lenny Clotch, in 1984's Ghostbusters, as well as its 1989 sequel. He epitomised the angry New Yorker of the era. Deadline.com reports that he was closely based on the mayor of the time, Ed Koch, uttering the famous line in Ghostbusters II, "Being miserable and treating people like dirt is every New Yorker's God-given right."

Most recently, he had roles in JC Chandor's A Most Violent Year and John Turturro's Fading Gigolo.

His numerous TV stints included playing Tony Soprano's lawyer, Neil Mink, on The Sopranos.

The Brooklyn-born Margulies made his Broadway debut in the 1973 revival of The Iceman Cometh. He performed on Broadway a dozen more times, including as Roy Cohn in Angels in America.