Danny Goldman

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Danny Goldman
Born 1939 (age 75–76)[1]
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor/casting director
Years active 1960s-present

Daniel "Danny" Goldman (born 1939) is an American actor, and more recently, casting director. One of his most famous roles is Brainy Smurf in Hanna-Barbera's The Smurfs.

Early life and career[edit]

He graduated from Far Rockaway High School in 1957 and Columbia University in 1961. One of his first roles was that of Nick Dutton, the son of an industrialist who knew the truth about his family's new butler and housekeeper, and helped them get acquainted in their new jobs in the 1971 situation comedy The Good Life. Among his other early roles on television were appearances in That Girl, Room 222, The Partridge Family, Love, American Style, Needles and Pins, Columbo, Baretta and Chico and the Man. He was a regular member of the cast of the situation comedy Busting Loose in 1977.

His film credits include a small role as a medical student who asks Dr. Frankenstein about his grandfather in Young Frankenstein and another supporting role in Tunnel Vision. Goldman was also featured as Ozzie the Answer in the 1980s detective drama Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer and as Dr. Denton on Get Smart, Again!. He was also in the episode "I'll Kill 'Em Again" of the long-running police drama Hawaii Five-O and in the episodes "Brain Child" and "42" in Trapper John, M.D.. He also portrayed Porter on Where The Buffalo Roam in 1980 and Captain Murrhardt in M*A*S*H in 1970.

Goldman appeared as a panelist on the What's My Line? TV program during its syndicated run, and on the live stage version in Hollywood several years later.

Currently, Danny Goldman is a well-known casting director of television commercials in Hollywood.

He is best known for his achievement in voicing of Brainy Smurf, from 1981-89 on the successful animated series The Smurfs. He returned to the voice of Brainy Smurf for the television show Robot Chicken in a segment that parodied the movie Seven. The show's creators remarked that of all the casting coups on their show, of which there are many, their greatest was getting Goldman to voice Brainy Smurf in The Smurfs. He has reprised the role several more times on Robot Chicken whenever Brainy Smurf appears in a sketch.

In 2005, he appeared in an episode of The King of Queens.

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