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Ralph Tabakin
Born (1921-09-22)September 22, 1921
San Antonio, Texas
Died May 13, 2001(2001-05-13) (aged 79)
Silver Spring, Maryland
Spouse(s) Madolyn Doress (c. 1942 - 1996, her death)

Ralph Tabakin (September 22, 1921 - May 13, 2001) was an American actor, engineer, and World War II veteran.


In his acting career he is most associated with the work of Barry Levinson as he appeared in most of his films from Diner onward. Considered a lucky charm of Levinson[citation needed], Tabakin had parts in fifteen of his movies, as well as a recurring role on Homicide: Life on the Street, a TV series produced by Levinson. His appearance on Diner began after a visit to the set where he impressed Levinson. He is perhaps best known for playing Dr. Scheiner on the television show Homicide: Life on the Street as the character was in episodes from the first to the seventh season, but was most common in the first four.

Ralph Tabakin's complete filmography can be found on Fandango - [1]

Personal life

Born in San Antonio, Texas, he was the middle child in a family of five. They would also live in New Orleans, Louisiana, before moving and settling in Richmond, Virginia. As a veteran he received five Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars.[1] He also worked as a Federal Aviation Administration engineer for several years.[2]


  1. He died in 2001 due to heart disease.New York Times obituary
  2. Allmovie

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