US actor Ned Eisenberg, best known for playing Lou Rabinowitz in The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, has sadly passed away aged 65 after a battle with cancer, his family confirmed in a statement to NBC News.
While he was renowned for playing multiple roles, many fans will recognise the actor from starring in American period television series The Marvelous Mrs Maisel.
We unpick the episodes in which Ned Eisenberg appeared in the comedy-drama and his character Lou Rabinowitz.
Find out what else the late star featured in during his career and read messages from fans and friends as they mourn the actor’s passing.
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Marvelous Mrs Maisel character Lou Rabinowitz
Ned Eisenberg starred as manager Lou Rabinowitz in seasons 3 and 4 of Amazon comedy-drama series The Marvelous Mrs Maisel.
The show follows Miriam “Midge” Maisel during the late 1950s as she discovers a hidden talent for stand-up comedy, a revelation that changes her life forever as she begins a fantastic journey through the comedy industry.
Eisenberg’s character first appeared in episode 1 series 3 entitled Strike Up The Band, which was released on Friday, 6 December 2019. In the episode, Midge performs at a USO show ahead of touring with Shy while Susie learns the ins and outs of contract negotiation. Meanwhile, Abe and Rose grapple with their new financial situation.
More about Ned Eisenberg’s life and career
Ned Eisenberg’s agent, Jeanne Nicolosi, confirmed to USA Today the star passed away at his New York home on Sunday, 27 February 2022.
In a shared statement Eisenberg’s wife, Patricia Dunnock, opened up about Ned’s cancer battle:
She wrote: “As Ned would say, he was attacked by two very rare assassins – cholangiocarcinoma and ocular melanoma.”
The actor fought cancer in private for two years while continuing to work in show business to ensure his medical coverage paid for himself and his family.
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Aside from The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, Eisenberg also starred in hit NBC series Law & Order: SVU as defence attorney Roger Kressler. His decade-long run in the show ended in 2019, although he continued to work onscreen.
Other TV credits include The Blacklist, Person of Interest, The Good Wife, Madam Secretary, White Collar, New Amsterdam, NYPD Blue and 30 Rock.
In 2004 film Million Dollar Baby he portrayed Sally Mendoza, while he was photographer Joe Rosenthal in Flags Of Our Fathers (2006). Other films included Limitless (2011), World Trade Center (2006), Won’t Back Down (2012) and The Exterminator (1980).
On-stage, Eisenberg also performed in several theatre productions including Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs and on Broadway as Truffaldino in The Green Bird.
Away from his acting career, he co-founded the Naked Angels Theatre Company in 1987. His last acting credit before he passed away was a guest spot on Adult Ed as Judd.
Ned Eisenberg is survived by wife Patricia and son Lino Eisenberg. Patricia was also an actor and is best-known for appearing in Serial Mom (1994), Money Monster (2016) and The Age of Innocence (1993), as per her IMDb.
Fans and friends mourn
Eisenberg is remembered by a lot of people in the entertainment industry and, as he kept his health struggles private, many were shocked and saddened at the news of his passing.
Fellow actor Carson Elrod took to Twitter to share his appreciation for Ned Eisenberg and tweeted: “Anyone who had the honour to know him was lucky indeed.”
He wrote: “One of my first jobs out of school was a #usualsuspects reading @NYTW79 with Ned Eisenberg and Patricia Dunnock in the leads. I will always be grateful to any actors who exude craft, authenticity and kindness like that. #RIP and sending love to Patricia and family.”