The comedic character actor Richard Libertini has died. He was 82.

Libertini's ex-wife, actress Melinda Dillon, says he died Jan. 7 after a two-year battle with cancer.

The bald-and-bearded actor portrayed such memorable characters as the wacky Latin American general from 1979's The In-Laws, the eccentric Tibetan mystic from 1984's All of Me and the boss of Chevy Chase's newspaper reporter Irwin Fletcher in the Fletch films.

Libertini also appeared in the movies Big Trouble, Days of Heaven, Popeye and Awakenings, as well as the TV series Baretta, The Bob Newhart Show, Moonlighting and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Born in Cambridge, Mass., Libertini started his career with the Second City improvisational group in Chicago.

He is survived by his son, Richard; sister, Alice; and brother, Albert.