Judd Hirsch

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Judd Hirsch
Judd Hirsch - 1967.jpg
Hirsch in 1967
Born (1935-03-15) March 15, 1935 (age 79)
The Bronx, New York, United States
Alma mater City College of New York
Occupation Actor and writer[clarification needed]
Years active Since 1971
Spouse(s) Elissa (1956–1958; divorced)
Bonni Sue Chalkin (1992–2005; divorced)
Children Three

Judd Hirsch (born March 15, 1935) is an American actor known for playing Alex Rieger on the television comedy series Taxi, John Lacey on the NBC series Dear John, and Alan Eppes on the CBS series Numb3rs. He is also well known for his roles in films such as Independence Day (1996), A Beautiful Mind (2001), and Ordinary People (1980), for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Early life and education[edit]

He was born in The Bronx borough of New York City, New York, the son of Sally (née Kitzis) and Joseph Sidney Hirsch, an electrician.[1] His father also was born in New York[2] where the family had lived since the mid-1800s; his mother, Sally, was born in Russia.[citation needed]

He attended DeWitt Clinton High School, located in The Bronx, and later earned a degree in physics from the City College of New York.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Hirsch's first major television appearance was in the mini-series The Law (1974).

He gained true 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,[3] 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.[4] 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 police detective (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). Other films in the 1980s 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 appeared 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). Hirsch and Krumholtz also played father and son in Conversations with My Father, a Herb Gardner play for which Hirsch won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play.[5] 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, in 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: SVU 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 also appeared in the television show Maron.

Filmography[edit]

Film and television
Year Title Role Notes
1971 Jump Unknown Uncredited
1973 Serpico Cop Uncredited
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 Keegans, TheThe Keegans Lieutenant Marco Ciardi Television movie
1976 Visions Joe Morris Episode: "Two Brothers"
1977 Rhoda Mike 2 episodes
Nominated-Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
1976–1977 Delvecchio Sergeant Dominick Delvecchio 22 episodes
1978 King of the Gypsies Groffo
1979 Sooner or Later Bob Walters Television movie
1979 Halloween That Almost Wasn't, TheThe Halloween That Almost Wasn't Count Dracula Short film
1980 Marriage Is Alive and Well Herb Rollie Television movie
1980 Last Resort, TheThe Last Resort Unknown Episode: "Zegelmania"
1980 Ordinary People Dr. Tyrone C. Berger Nominated-Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated-Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
1981 Robert Klein Show, TheThe Robert Klein Show Unknown Television movie
1983 Lights: The Miracle of Chanukah Unknown Television movie
1983 Without a Trace Al Menetti
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)
1984 Goodbye People, TheThe Goodbye People Arthur Korman
1984 Teachers Roger Rubell
1985 Detective in the House Press Wyman
1985 First Steps Dr. Jerrold Petrofsky Television movie
1985 Brotherly Love Ben Ryder/Harry Brand Television movie
1988-1992 Dear John John Lacey 74 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 Running on Empty Arthur Pope/Paul Manfield
1988 Great Escape II: The Untold Story, TheThe 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 Independence Day Julius Levinson
1996 Caroline in the City Ben Karinsky Episode: "Caroline and the Comic"
1997 Color of Justice Sam Lind Television movie
1997-1998 George & Leo Leo Wagonman 22 episodes
1999 Rocky Marciano Al Weill Television movie
1999 Out of the Cold Leon Axelrod
1999 Man on the Moon Alex Rieger uncredited
2000 Welcome to New York Dr. Bob Episode: "Dr. Bob"
2001 Family Law Daniel Bonner Episode: "Security"
2001 A Beautiful Mind Dr. Helinger Nominated-Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
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
2004 Zeyda and the Hitman Gideon Schub
2005 Family Guy Himself Episode: "Blind Ambition"
2006 Brother's Shadow Leo Groden
2006 Tom Goes to the Mayor Prisoner Episode: "Spray a Carpet or Rug"
2006 Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip Wes Mendell Episode: "Pilot"
2009 American Dad! Rabbi 2 episodes
2005-2010 Numb3rs Alan Eppes 114 episodes
2010 Warehouse 13 Isadore Weisfelt Episode: "Secret Santa"
2011 Tower Heist Mr. Simon
2011-2012 Damages Bill Herndon 14 episodes
2011 The Muppets Himself
2011 This Must Be the Place Mordecai Midler
2012 The Good Wife Judge Harrison Creary Episode: "Here Comes the Judge"
2013 The Red Robin Dr. Nathan Shellner
2013 Maron Larry Maron

Personal life[edit]

Hirsch was married to his first wife from 1956 to 1958. He married Bonni Sue Chalkin in 1992 and divorced her in 2003. Hirsch has three children: Alexander, born 1966, Montana Eve born 1994 and London, his youngest son.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Database (2008). "Judd Hirsch Biography". filmreference.com. Retrieved April 10, 2008. 
  2. ^ [full citation needed] Marriage license for Joseph Hirsch and Sally Kitzis.
  3. ^ Emmy Awards Official Website.
  4. ^ Golden Globe Official Website, 1989 awards.
  5. ^ Tony Awards Official Website.

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