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David Landsberg, 'Cosby' Writer and 'CPO Sharkey' Actor, Dies at Age 73

Updated On 09 Aug, 2018 Published On

David Landsberg, a versatile actor, screenwriter and producer who starred opposite Don Rickles on CPO Sharkey and wrote and produced episodes of Bill Cosby’s CBS sitcom, The Cosby Show, has died at the age of 73.

His death was confirmed by his daughter, Caryn O'Neill, who told The Hollywood Reporter that her father passed away on Sunday, August 5 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

As for the cause of death, Caryn says David died from complications that arose from surgery for esophageal cancer.

Born on September 3, 1944, in Brooklyn, New York City, David attended Plainedge High School in North Massapequa, N.Y. and served in Vietnam with the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1968.

He completed his graduation with a degree in business and marketing from the University of Maryland in 1970.

After working at a large advertising firm in New York, David pursued an acting career, making his national onscreen debut on "CPO Sharkey".

David also worked on episodes of BlossomHerman's HeadThe New Love Boat, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Fantasy Island and The John Larroquette Show.

In addition to his daughter, David is survived by his son Daniel (and his wife, Candice); brother Joseph (and his wife, Judy); granddaughters SiouxsieBettie and Carly; nieces Kristen and Jodi; and nephews Michael and Bryan.

His funeral will take place on Sunday, August 12 at 3 p.m. at Mount Sinai in the Hollywood Hills.

Rest In Peace David!