Hirsch in 1967
March 15, 1935
|Alma mater||City College of New York|
Judd Seymore Hirsch (born March 15, 1935) is an American actor known for playing Alex Rieger on the television comedy series Taxi (1978–1983), John Lacey on the NBC series Dear John (1988–1992), and Alan Eppes on the CBS series NUMB3RS (2005–2010). He is also well known for his career in theatre and for his roles in films such as Ordinary People (1980), Running on Empty (1988), Independence Day (1996), and A Beautiful Mind (2001).
He has twice won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, twice won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play, won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy and has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He also starred as Arthur Przybyszewski in the CBS situation comedy Superior Donuts .
Hirsch was born in The Bronx, a borough of New York City, New York, the son of Sally and Joseph Sidney Hirsch, an electrician.Hirsch's father was born in New York, to a German-Jewish father, Benjamin Hirsch, and an English-born mother, Rosa Hirsch Benjamin, whose family were Dutch Jews. Hirsch's mother was born in Russia, also to a Jewish family. Hirsch has a brother named Roland Hirsch.
He grew up in both Brooklyn and The Bronxand graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School (in The Bronx) in 1952. He earned a degree in physics from City College of New York.
After graduating from college, Hirsch served a tour in the United States Army.Hirsch then worked as an engineer for Westinghouse before he found work in the theater. He studied acting at HB Studio in New York City.
Over the last several decades, Hirsch has distinguished himself in film, television, and theatre. The Los Angeles Times noted that Hirsch is "one of the very few actors who slips effortlessly from TV series to Broadway to feature films and back again, racking up awards and favorable reviews wherever he performs."
After appearing frequently on television in the 1970s, Hirsch gained stardom for his lead role of Alex Rieger in the popular sitcom Taxi , which ran from 1978 to 1983. For his performance in the series, in 1981 and again in 1983,Judd Hirsch won the Emmy Award for Lead Actor In a Comedy Series. In 1999, he reprised his role from Taxi for a brief moment in Man on the Moon , the biopic of his co-star from Taxi, Andy Kaufman (portrayed by Jim Carrey).
Hirsch went on from Taxi to play the title character on the modestly successful sitcom Dear John and in 1989 won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Series in a Comedy or Musical for this role.He later teamed with Bob Newhart in the short-lived comedy George and Leo . He had also previously starred for one season (1976–1977) in the series Delvecchio .
In film, Hirsch received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Ordinary People (1980), which won the Academy Award for Best Picture that year. His other film performances from the decade include leading roles in the 1983 drama Without a Trace , the 1984 dramedies, Teachers and The Goodbye People , and the 1988 drama Running on Empty , directed by Sidney Lumet and co-starring River Phoenix. In 1996, Hirsch portrayed the father of Jeff Goldblum's character in the blockbuster Independence Day , a role that he later reprised in its 2016 sequel. In 2001, he played a Princeton University professor in the Academy Award-winning film A Beautiful Mind . Hirsch has more recently had supporting roles in acclaimed films such as The Meyerowitz Stories (2017) and Uncut Gems (2019).
Hirsch co-starred on the CBS Television drama, NUMB3RS (2005–2010), as Alan Eppes, father of FBI agent Don Eppes (Rob Morrow), and Professor Charlie Eppes (David Krumholtz). When Krumholtz was 13, he played son to Hirsch's father role in Conversations with My Father, [ citation needed ] Other noteworthy stage performances include The Hot l Baltimore, Talley's Folly, and his starring role in I'm Not Rappaport, for which Hirsch also won a Tony Award in 1986.a Herb Gardner play for which Hirsch won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play. Krumholtz credits Hirsch with jump-starting his career after Hirsch chose him during the audition process for Conversations.
More recently, Hirsch guest-starred on episodes of Warehouse 13 , Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip , Law & Order: Special Victims Unit , God Friended Me , and The Whole Truth (which saw him reunite with Numb3rs co-star Rob Morrow), among others, and lent his voice to the animated programs Tom Goes to the Mayor and American Dad! Judd has also appeared several times on the television show Maron as comedian Marc Maron's father and has had a recurring role on The Goldbergs , playing the father of Jeff Garlin's character. In 2016, Hirsch appeared on the CBS comedy series The Big Bang Theory portraying the father of Johnny Galecki's character, Leonard.
From 2014 to 2015, he appeared as a series regular on the ABC television series Forever . From 2017 to 2018, Hirsch starred in the CBS comedy Superior Donuts , which lasted two seasons.
Hirsch was married to his first wife, Elisa Sadaune, from 1963 to 1967. Their son, Alex Hirsch, was born in 1966.Hirsch married Bonni Sue Chalkin, a fashion designer, in 1992 and the couple divorced in 2005. From this second marriage, Hirsch has a daughter, Montana, and son, London.
|1978||King of the Gypsies||Groffo|
|1980||Ordinary People||Dr. Tyrone C. Berger||Nominated - Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor |
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
|1983||Without a Trace||Detective Al Manetti|
|1984||The Goodbye People||Arthur Korman|
|1988||Running on Empty||Arthur Pope/Paul Manfield|
|1996||Independence Day||Julius Levinson|
|1999||Out of the Cold||Leon Axelrod|
|1999||Man on the Moon||Alex Rieger||Uncredited cameo|
|2001||A Beautiful Mind||Dr. Helinger||Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture|
|2004||Zeyda and the Hitman||Gideon Schub|
|2006||Brother's Shadow||Leo Groden|
|2011||Tower Heist||Mr. Simon|
|2011||This Must Be the Place||Mordecai Midler|
|2013||Altered Minds||Dr. Nathan Shellner|
|2016||Independence Day: Resurgence||Julius Levinson|
|2017||The Meyerowitz Stories||L.J. Shapiro|
|1974||The Law||Murray Stone||Television movie|
|1975||The Law||Murray Stone||3 episodes|
|1975||Fear on Trial||Saul||Television movie|
|1975||Medical Story||Dr. Joe Dempsey||Episode: "Waste Land"|
|1975||The Legend of Valentino||Jack Auerbach||Television movie|
|1976||The Keegans||Lieutenant Marco Ciardi||Television movie|
|1976||Visions||Joe Morris||Episode: "Two Brothers"|
|1977||Rhoda||Mike||2 episodes: "Rhoda Likes Mike", "The Weekend"|
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
|1976–1977||Delvecchio||Sergeant Dominick Delvecchio||22 episodes|
|1979||Sooner or Later||Bob Walters||Television movie|
|1979||The Halloween That Almost Wasn't||Count Dracula||Television movie|
|1980||Marriage Is Alive and Well||Herb Rollie||Television movie|
|1980||The Last Resort||Unknown||Episode: "Zegelmania"|
|1981||The Robert Klein Show||Unknown||Television movie|
|1983||Lights: The Miracle of Chanukah||Unknown||Television movie|
|1978–1983||Taxi||Alex Rieger||114 episodes|
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (1981, 1983)
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy (1979-1983)
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (1979-1980, 1982)
|1985||Detective in the House||Press Wyman||6 episodes|
|1985||First Steps||Dr. Jerrold Petrofsky||Television movie|
|1985||Brotherly Love||Ben Ryder/Harry Brand||Television movie|
|1988–1992||Dear John||John Lacey||90 episodes|
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy
|1988||The Great Escape II: The Untold Story||Capt. David Matthews||Television movie|
|1990||She Said No||Martin Knapek||Television movie|
|1994||Betrayal of Trust||Dr. Jules Masserman||Television movie|
|1996||Caroline in the City||Ben Karinsky||Episode: "Caroline and the Comic"|
|1997||Color of Justice||Sam Lind||Television movie|
|1997–1998||George and Leo||Leo Wagonman||22 episodes|
|1999||Rocky Marciano||Al Weill||Television movie|
|2000||Welcome to New York||Dr. Bob||Episode: "Dr. Bob"|
|2001||Family Law||Daniel Bonner||Episode: "Security"|
|2002||Philly||Rabbi Nathan Wexler||Episode: "The Curse of the Klopman Diamonds"|
|2003||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Dr. Judah Platner||Episode: "Mercy"|
|2003||Regular Joe||Baxter Binder||5 episodes|
|2003||Street Time||Shimi Goldman||Episode: "High Holly Roller"|
|2003||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Ben Elkins||Episode: "Pravda"|
|2003||Who Killed the Federal Theatre||Narrator||Television movie|
|2005||Family Guy||Himself (voice)||Episode: "Blind Ambition"|
|2006||Tom Goes to the Mayor||Prisoner (voice)||Episode: "Spray a Carpet or Rug"|
|2006||Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip||Wes Mendell||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2009||American Dad!||Rabbi (voice)||2 episodes|
|2005–2010||Numb3rs||Alan Eppes||114 episodes|
|2010||Warehouse 13||Isadore Weisfelt||Episode: "Secret Santa"|
|2011–2012||Damages||Bill Herndon||14 episodes|
|2012||The Good Wife||Judge Harrison Creary||Episode: "Here Comes the Judge"|
|2013–2015||Maron||Larry Maron||4 episodes|
|2014||Sharknado 2: The Second One||Ben||Television movie|
|2014–2015||Forever||Abraham "Abe" Morgan||22 episodes|
|2015–2020||The Goldbergs||Ben "Pop-Pop" Goldberg||6 episodes|
|2016||The Big Bang Theory||Dr. Alfred Hofstadter||2 episodes|
|2016||Family Guy||Himself (voice)||Episode: "Take a Letter"|
|2017–2018||Superior Donuts||Arthur Przybyszewski||34 episodes|
|2018||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Joseph Edelman||Episode: "Alta Kockers"|
|2019||Big Mouth||Lewis Glouberman||Episode: "Florida"|
|2019||Modern Love||Cop, Vendor, Taxi Driver||Episode: "Take Me as I Am, Whoever I Am"|
|2020||God Friended Me||Abe||Episode: "A New Hope"|
|Year 1972-73||Title Hot L Baltimore||Role Bill Lewis||Notes|
|1976||Knock Knock||Multiple roles||Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play|
|1977–1978||Chapter Two||George Schneider||Nominated - Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play|
|1980||Talley's Folly||Matt Friedman||Nominated - Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play |
Nominated - Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play
|1985–1988||I'm Not Rappaport||Nat||Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play|
|1992–1993||Conversations with My Father||Eddie||Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play|
|1996||A Thousand Clowns||Murray Burns|
Taxi is an American sitcom television series that originally aired on ABC from September 12, 1978 to May 6, 1982 and on NBC from September 30, 1982 to June 15, 1983. The series won 18 Emmy Awards, including three for Outstanding Comedy Series. It focuses on the everyday lives of a handful of New York City taxi drivers and their abusive dispatcher. Taxi was produced by the John Charles Walters Company, in association with Paramount Network Television, and was created by James L. Brooks, Stan Daniels, David Davis, and Ed Weinberger.
Numbers is an American crime drama television series that ran on CBS from January 23, 2005, to March 12, 2010. The series was created by Nicolas Falacci and Cheryl Heuton, and follows FBI Special Agent Don Eppes and his brother Charlie Eppes, a college mathematics professor and prodigy, who helps Don solve crimes for the FBI. Brothers Ridley and Tony Scott produced Numbers; its production companies are the Scott brothers' Scott Free Productions and CBS Television Studios.
David Krumholtz is an American actor. He played Charlie Eppes in the CBS drama series Numb3rs from 2005 to 2010. He also played Seth Goldstein in the Harold & Kumar film trilogy and Bernard the Elf in the Santa Clause film franchise.
Robert Alan Morrow is an American actor and director. He is known for his portrayal of Dr. Joel Fleischman on Northern Exposure, a role that garnered him three Golden Globe and two Emmy nominations for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series, and later for his role as FBI agent Don Eppes on Numb3rs.
Amita Ramanujan, Ph.D., is a fictional character from the CBS crime drama Numb3rs, played by Navi Rawat. Over the course of the series, she has become a professor at CalSci and has since become romantically involved with her former thesis advisor, Dr. Charlie Eppes. She was first introduced in "Pilot". She also works as an FBI consultant with Charlie and Larry.
"Pilot" is the first episode of the American television show Numb3rs. Based on a real-life serial rape case, "Pilot" features two brothers, an agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and a mathematics professor at a Southern California university, using their individual skills to capture a serial rapist who has begun to kill his victims. "Pilot" also introduces the theme of mathematics being used to solve crimes.
Liz Warner is a fictional character in the CBS crime drama Numb3rs, played by Aya Sumika. A former girlfriend of FBI Special Agent Don Eppes, she has since become a part of Don's team.
"Scorched" is the 11th episode of the second season of the American television series Numb3rs. Marking the first produced script for series writer Sean Crouch, the episode features Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents and mathematicians investigating a series of arsons that may have been started by an ecoterrorist group. Bill Nye "The Science Guy", who is a fan of the show, guest stars as a colleague of scientists Dr. Charlie Eppes and Dr. Larry Fleinhardt.
"Spree" is the first episode of the third season of the American television show Numb3rs The episode features Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents pursuing a couple of spree killers. Series writer Ken Sanzel drew inspiration for the episode from pursuit curves. "Spree" also launches a more general trend toward the serialization of the series.
"Killer Chat" is the 11th episode of the third season of the American television show Numb3rs. In the episode, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents investigate the murders of several child molesters while a pair of mathematicians prepare to say goodbye to a friend. Stories about child molesters and his own experiences as a parent inspired series writer Don McGill to write the episode.
"The Art of Reckoning" is the 21st episode of the third season of the American television show Numb3rs. In the episode, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents investigate the confessions of a mob hit man before his execution. Written by Julie Hébert, the episode also highlighted the return of series regular Peter MacNicol as his character, Dr. Larry Fleinhardt, returned from space.
"The Janus List" is the 24th episode and the season finale of the third season of the American television show Numb3rs. In the episode, a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) team investigate a former triple agent's claims of someone poisoning him.
"Trust Metric" is the season premiere of the fourth season of the American television show Numb3rs. Written by series writer Ken Sanzel, "Trust Metric" is set five weeks after the events in "The Janus List". In "Trust Metric"'s story, a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) team attempts to find a pair of double agents, one of them a former teammate, who have escaped from prison. The story continues the events that began in "The Janus List".
"When Worlds Collide" is the 18th episode and the season finale of the fourth season of the American television show Numb3rs. In the episode, two brothers, one a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent and the other a mathematician, disagree with each other on the issue of academic freedom after one of the mathematician's friends is arrested on terrorism charges. Series creators Cheryl Heuton and Nicolas Falacci, who wrote the episode, first mentioned the idea for the brothers' conflict during a season two commentary. When Heuton and Falacci wrote the episode for season four, their episode launched a story arc that was later resolved during season five.
"The Fifth Man" is the 20th episode of the fifth season of the American television show Numb3rs. In the episode, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents and mathematicians attempt to find a group of home invaders while dealing with the injury of the agents' boss. For FBI Special Agent David Sinclair, the case is his first as team leader. The art department built a new office for Dr. Charlie Eppes, which reflected his own professional growth within academia. Brought in several times before to audition for various guest appearances, Debbon Ayer, Rob Morrow's real-life wife, guest-starred as the victim of a home invasion.
"Disturbed" is the 21st episode of the fifth season of the American television show Numb3rs. In the episode written by series creators/executive producers Cheryl Heuton and Nicolas Falacci, skeptical Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents track an undetected serial killer while their math consultant copes with his brother's recent injury. After FBI Special Agent Don Eppes's injury, FBI Special Agent David Sinclair, who was the newest member of the team at the beginning of the series, served as team leader. Falacci and Heuton also included Easter eggs from the "Pilot" and from some of the previous 99 episodes.
"Democracy" is the 18th episode of the third season of the American television show Numb3rs. Written by Cheryl Heuton and Nicolas Falacci, the episode highlights a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) investigation into the murder of one of their math consultant's friends while an agent learns that she has been selected for a United States Department of Justice (DOJ) assignment. Heuton and Falacci also brought back fan favorite Oswald Kittner, portrayed by Jay Baruchel.
"Thirty-Six Hours" is the eighth episode of the fifth season of the American television show Numb3rs. In the episode, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and mathematicians attempt to determine the cause of a fatal train accident while several agents attempt to rescue survivors. When it was originally scheduled to air as the fourth episode of the season, "Thirty-Six Hours" occurred in the middle of a story arc launched by the season four season finale. When the real-life Chatsworth train derailment occurred two weeks after filming the episode, the accident forced a revision of the script to include episodic events that occurred after the end of the story arc.
"Arrow of Time" is the 11th episode of the fifth season of the American television show Numb3rs. In the episode, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents track an escaped prisoner who is seeking revenge against one of their own. Written by series writer/executive producer Ken Sanzel, the episode continued two storylines. The first storyline continued one that began with two episodes shown very early in season three. The other was originally launched in the season four season finale "When Worlds Collide".
Born Judd Seymore Hirsch in the Bronx
Benjamin Hirsh, Borough of Manhattan, Election District 12 New York City Ward 26, New York County, New York, United States; citing sheet 11A, family 189, NARA microfilm publication T623, FHL microfilm 1241112.
Isaac N Kitzis, Manhattan Ward 13, New York, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 766, sheet 16A, family 282, NARA microfilm publication T624, FHL microfilm 1375042.
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