Judd Hirsch

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Judd Hirsch
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Hirsch in 1967
Born
Judd Seymore Hirsch [1]

(1935-03-15) March 15, 1935 (age 83)
Nationality American
Alma mater City College of New York
OccupationActor
Years active1959–present
Spouse(s)
  • Elisa Sadaune
    (m. 1956;div. 1967)
  • Bonni Sue Chalkin
    (m. 1992;div. 2005)
Children3

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).

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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 .

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The Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play is an honor presented at the Tony Awards, a ceremony established in 1947 as the Antoinette Perry Awards for Excellence in Theatre, to actors for quality leading roles in a Broadway play. The awards are named after Antoinette Perry, an American actress who died in 1946. Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by the Tony Award Productions, a joint venture of The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, to "honor the best performances and stage productions of the previous year." Despite the award first being presented in 1947, there were no nominees announced until 1956.

The Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy is an award presented annually by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). It is given in honor of an actor who has delivered an outstanding performance in a leading role on a musical or comedy television series for the calendar year.

Early life and education

Hirsch was born in The Bronx, a borough of New York City, New York, the son of Sally ( née Kitzis) and Joseph Sidney Hirsch, an electrician. [2] Hirsch's father was born in New York, to a German-Jewish father, Benjamin Hirsch, and an English-born mother, Rosa Hirsch (née Benjamin), whose family were Dutch Jews. [3] [4] [5] Hirsch's mother was born in Russia, also to a Jewish family. [6] Hirsch has a brother named Roland Hirsch.

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He grew up in both Brooklyn and The Bronx [4] and graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School [7] (in The Bronx) in 1952. He earned a degree in physics from City College of New York. [1]

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After graduating from college, Hirsch served a tour in the United States Army. [4] Hirsch worked as an engineer for Westinghouse before he found work in the theater. [8] . He studied acting at HB Studio [9] in New York City.

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Starring with Kathryn Kates as the co-hosts of Small Miracles, a new series by Moshe Mones. Judd Hirsch and Kathryn Kates.jpg
Starring with Kathryn Kates as the co-hosts of Small Miracles, a new series by Moshe Mones.

Career

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." [8]

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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, [10] Judd Hirsch won the Emmy Award for Lead Actor In a Comedy Series. Hirsch went on 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. [11] He later teamed with Bob Newhart in the short-lived comedy George and Leo . He had also previously starred for one season in the series Delvecchio , playing a man called Eric (1976–1977).

In film, Hirsch received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the drama film Ordinary People (1980). His other 1980s films include 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 , and in 2001 he played a professor in the acclaimed A Beautiful Mind .

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, [12] a Herb Gardner play for which Hirsch won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play. [13] Krumholtz credits Hirsch with jump-starting his career after Hirsch chose him during the audition process for Conversations.[ 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.

More recently, Hirsch guest-starred on episodes of Warehouse 13 , Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip , Law & Order: Special Victims Unit , 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! 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). Judd has also appeared several times on the television show Maron as comedian Marc Maron's father.

From 2014 to 2015, he appeared as a series regular on the ABC television series Forever .

In 2016 Hirsch appeared on the CBS comedy series The Big Bang Theory portraying Leonard's (Johnny Galecki) father.

From 2017 to 2018, Hirsch starred in the CBS comedy Superior Donuts .

In 2019, Hirsch will guest star in the NBC thriller series The Blacklist .

Personal life

Hirsch was married to his first wife, Elisa Sadaune, from 1963 to 1967. Their son, Alex Hirsch, was born in 1966. [14] Hirsch married Bonni Sue Chalkin, a fashion designer, in 1992 and the couple divorced in 2005. [15] From this second marriage, Hirsch has a daughter, Montana, and son, London.

Filmography

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
1971JumpUnknownUncredited
1973 Serpico CopUncredited
1978 King of the Gypsies Groffo
1980 Ordinary People Dr. Tyrone C. BergerNominated - 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
1984 Teachers Roger Rubell
1988 Running on Empty Arthur Pope/Paul Manfield
1996 Independence Day Julius Levinson
1999Out of the ColdLeon Axelrod
1999 Man on the Moon Alex RiegerUncredited cameo
2001 A Beautiful Mind Dr. HelingerNominated - 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 The Muppets HimselfCameo
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
2019 Uncut Gems Post-production
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1974 The Law Murray Stone Television movie
1975The LawMurray Stone3 episodes
1975Fear on TrialSaulTelevision movie
1975Medical StoryDr. Joe DempseyEpisode: "Waste Land"
1975 The Legend of Valentino Jack AuerbachTelevision movie
1976The KeegansLieutenant Marco CiardiTelevision movie
1976 Visions Joe MorrisEpisode: "Two Brothers"
1977 Rhoda Mike2 episodes: "Rhoda Likes Mike", "The Weekend"
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
1976–1977 Delvecchio Sergeant Dominick Delvecchio22 episodes
1979 Sooner or Later Bob WaltersTelevision movie
1979 The Halloween That Almost Wasn't Count DraculaTelevision movie
1980Marriage Is Alive and WellHerb RollieTelevision movie
1980The Last ResortUnknownEpisode: "Zegelmania"
1981The Robert Klein ShowUnknownTelevision movie
1983Lights: The Miracle of ChanukahUnknownTelevision movie
1978–1983 Taxi Alex Rieger114 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 Wyman6 episodes
1985 First Steps Dr. Jerrold PetrofskyTelevision movie
1985 Brotherly Love Ben Ryder/Harry BrandTelevision movie
1988–1992 Dear John John Lacey74 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 MatthewsTelevision movie
1990She Said NoMartin KnapekTelevision movie
1994Betrayal of TrustDr. Jules MassermanTelevision movie
1996 Caroline in the City Ben KarinskyEpisode: "Caroline and the Comic"
1997Color of JusticeSam LindTelevision movie
1997–1998 George and Leo Leo Wagonman22 episodes
1999 Rocky Marciano Al WeillTelevision movie
2000 Welcome to New York Dr. BobEpisode: "Dr. Bob"
2001 Family Law Daniel BonnerEpisode: "Security"
2002 Philly Rabbi Nathan WexlerEpisode: "The Curse of the Klopman Diamonds"
2003 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dr. Judah PlatnerEpisode: "Mercy"
2003 Regular Joe Baxter Binder5 episodes
2003 Street Time Shimi GoldmanEpisode: "High Holly Roller"
2003 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Ben ElkinsEpisode: "Pravda"
2003Who Killed the Federal TheatreNarratorTelevision 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 MendellEpisode: "Pilot"
2009 American Dad! Rabbi (voice)2 episodes
2005–2010 Numb3rs Alan Eppes 114 episodes
2010 Warehouse 13 Isadore WeisfeltEpisode: "Secret Santa"
2011–2012 Damages Bill Herndon14 episodes
2012 The Good Wife Judge Harrison CrearyEpisode: "Here Comes the Judge"
2013–2015 Maron Larry Maron4 episodes
2014 Sharknado 2: The Second One BenTelevision movie
2014–2015 Forever Abraham "Abe" Morgan22 episodes
2015–2016 The Goldbergs Ben "Pop-Pop" Goldberg4 episodes
2016 The Big Bang Theory Dr. Alfred Hofstadter2 episodes
2016 Family Guy Himself (voice)Episode: "Take a Letter"
2017–2018 Superior Donuts Arthur Przybyszewski34 episodes
2018 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Joseph EdelmanEpisode: "Alta Kockers"
Theatre
YearTitleRoleNotes
1976 Knock Knock Multiple roles Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
1977–1978 Chapter Two George SchneiderNominated - Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play
1980 Talley's Folly Matt FriedmanNominated - 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
2004Sixteen WoundedHans

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