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Leonard Frey, Tailor in 'Fiddler,' Dies of AIDs

August 25, 1988

Leonard Frey, who played the role of Motel the tailor in the 1971 movie "Fiddler on the Roof" after being featured in the Broadway production, is dead of acquired immune deficiency syndrome. He was 49.

The flamboyant Brooklyn native, who died Wednesday at Beth Israel Hospital in New York City, received an Oscar nomination as best supporting actor for his performance as Motel. His theatrical breakthrough came as Harold in Mart Crowley's "Boys in the Band." He later recreated the role for the 1970 film.

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