Larry Haines

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For the Maryland State Senator, see Larry E. Haines.
Haines in the Odd Couple in 1968

Larry Haines (August 3, 1918 – July 17, 2008), born Larry Hecht, was an American actor. He was born in Mount Vernon, New York.


He was born on August 3, 1918.

Haines first became known in the 1930s as an actor on the radio crime series Gangbusters. Four decades later, he would return to radio, starring in many episodes of the CBS Radio Mystery Theater.

His best known role was that of next door neighbor Stu Bergman on the soap opera Search for Tomorrow. He joined the show for its eleventh episode in 1951, and remained on the serial for the show's duration. In this role, which he played from 1951 to 1986, Haines became very popular. He won Daytime Emmy Awards in 1976 and 1981, and was First Lady Pat Nixon's favorite soap opera actor.

He also earned several Tony nominations for his work on Broadway, and appeared in the film version of The Odd Couple.

In the 1980s, he co-starred with one of his Search for Tomorrow co-stars, Rick Lohman (who had played his grandson, Gary Walton) in a short-lived sitcom, called Phyl and Mikhy. Larry played Max Wilson, the father of Phyllis Wilson Orloff (Murphy Cross), who was married to Mikhy Orloff.

After the cancellation of Search for Tomorrow, he briefly joined the cast of another NBC/Procter and Gamble serial, Another World. He was later in the cast of Agnes Nixon's Loving.

Haines died on July 17, 2008. He was predeceased by his former wives, Gertrude Haines and Jean Pearlman Haines as well as by his only daughter, Debora Haines.[1]


  1. ^ Obituaries

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