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June Gable (born June 5, 1945) is an American character actress, perhaps best known for her role as Joey's agent Estelle Leonard in the NBC sitcom Friends. She received one Tony Award nomination for her work on Broadway.

June Gable
June Golub

(1945-06-05) June 5, 1945 (age 74)
Years active1969–present


Life and careerEdit

Gable was born as June Golub in Brooklyn, New York City, the daughter of Joseph and Shirley Golub.[1] She studied acting at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.[2]


Gable has appeared in four Broadway productions including the 1974 revival of Candide for which she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of the Old Lady.[3] She was featured as Snooks Keene in the infamous Broadway disaster, Moose Murders, which opened and closed on the same night in 1983.[4] She also appeared in a replacement cast of the off-Broadway revue Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. In November 2012 she starred in the lead role of "Marie" in the world premiere of Bill C. Davis' "All Hallowed" at the Waco Civic Theatre in Waco, Texas under the direction of George Boyd.[5]

Television and filmEdit

On television, Gable played Detective Battista on the sitcom Barney Miller in the 1976, third season. She was also in the cast of the short-lived 1977 revival of Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In. In 1979 she appeared as "Rhoda Rooter" on the live-action Hanna-Barbera TV specials Legends of the Superheroes. From 1978 to 1981, she was regular member In the syndicated variety series Sha Na Na.[6] In 1980s, she guest starred in episodes of popular series including Miami Vice and Kate & Allie, and well as had small parts in films Brenda Starr and She-Devil (both 1989).

From 1994 to 2004, Gable played Estelle Leonard of the Estelle Leonard Talent Agency, the agent of the Matt LeBlanc character Joey Tribbiani, on the NBC sitcom Friends, with her character dying in 2004, during the show's tenth and final season. She played a nurse on the same show in season 1, episode 23.[7][8] She also appeared in a recurring role in the HBO comedy series Dream On from 1990 to 1996 playing Libby Friedman.



Year Title Role Director(s) Notes
1989 Brenda Starr Luba Robert Ellis Miller
1989 She-Devil Relator Susan Seidelman
2018 The Week Of Roberta Robert Smigel


Year Title Role Episodes Notes
1976 Newman's Drugstore Shirley tinker Television Movie
1976–77 Barney Miller Detective Maria Battista 2 episodes
— "Noninvolment" (1976)
— "Smog Alert" (1977)
1977 The Bay City Amusement Company Gail Television Movie
1977–78 Laugh-In Regular performer series regular (6 episodes) aka Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
1978–81 Sha Na Na Herself unknown episodes
1979 Legends of the Superheroes Rhoda Rooter — "The Roast"
1987 Crime Story Aggie the Waitress — "Little Girl Lost"
1989 Kate & Allie unknown role — "The Review"
1990 Miami Vice Dr. Ellen Hardy — "Too Much, Too Late"
1990 Head of the Class Greta Amory — "Viki's Torn Genes"
1990–96 Dream On Libby Friedman recurring role (7 episodes)
1993 Family Album Mrs. Krevitz — "Salon, Farewell, Auf Widersehn, Goodbye"
1994 Mad About You Woman #1 — "The City"
1994–2003 Friends Estelle Leonard / Nurse recurring role (10 episodes)
Guest — "The One with the Birth" (1995)
1997 The Tony Danza Show Woman — "The Milk Run"
1998 Caroline in the City Naomi — "Caroline and the Quiz Show"
1998 Buddy Faro unknown role — "Pilot"
2000 Sally Hemings: An American Scandal Madam Dupre Television Movie
2012 My America unknown role — "Annette"
2016 Nunsense Sr. Rose Seraphine unknown episode


Year Title Role Venue Notes Ref
1973 Nash at Nine Standby Helen Hayes Theatre [9]
1974–76 Candide Old Lady Broadway Theatre 740 (performances)
Nominated — Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical
1975–76 The Ritz Googie Gomez Longacre Theatre replaced Rita Moreno
1983 Moose Murders Snooks Keene Eugene O'Neill Theatre 13 (previews); 1 (performance)


  1. ^ "June Gable Biography (1945-)". Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  2. ^ "June Gable - Vineyard Theatre". 3 October 2016. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  3. ^ June Gable Awards Archived 2013-12-02 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Rich, Frank (Feb 23, 1983). "Stage: 'Moose Murders,' A Brand of Whodunit". New York Times. New York Times.
  5. ^ Hoover, Carl. "Theater review: WCT's 'All Hallowed' solid, engaging character study". Waco Tribune-Herald. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  6. ^ Terrace, Vincent (6 November 2008). "Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010, 2d ed". McFarland. Retrieved 10 January 2017 – via Google Books.
  7. ^ "Have You Ever Noticed These Actors Playing More Than One Role On FRIENDS?". Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  8. ^ Ladden, Dominic. "Top 10 Friends secondary characters - - movies, TV, videogames, crowd-funding - Shadowlocked: find the future!". Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  9. ^ "June Gable – Broadway Cast & Staff | IBDB". Retrieved 2019-01-03.

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