November 4, 1932|
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Died||February 18, 1999
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Other names||Noam Pitlick|
|Occupation||Actor, television director, producer|
|Spouse(s)||Jesse Blostein (m. 1967–70)
Linda Hirsch (m. 1974–77)
Susan Whittaker (m. 1986–99)
Noam Pitlik (November 4, 1932 – February 18, 1999) was an American television director and actor. In 1979, Pitlik won an Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series for his work on the ABC-TV sitcom Barney Miller.
Early life and career
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Pitlik directed episodes of 29 different series including situation comedies Barney Miller (102 episodes), Wings (27 episodes), Night Court (1 episode), Mr. Belvedere (44 episodes), Off the Rack (6 episodes), Taxi (11 episodes) and One Day at a Time (18 episodes).
Pitlik was a familiar character actor on television during the 1960s and '70s. He appeared in around 80 different TV series (making multiple appearances in several) including The Untouchables, Gunsmoke, The Virginian as Bert the Banker, The Andy Griffith Show, Get Smart, I Dream Of Jeannie, Hogan's Heroes, Bewitched, The Odd Couple, The Partridge Family, and All In The Family. He had recurring roles on The Bob Newhart Show, I'm Dickens, He's Fenster and Sanford And Son. He also appeared in theatrical films such as The Fortune Cookie, The Graduate, Fitzwilly and The Front Page. Though he largely retired from acting in the mid-1970s to concentrate on directing, he still made a handful of widely-spaced acting appearances over the next two decades. Pitlik's final acting appearance was in an episode of Becker in 1998.
Personal life and death
Pitlik was married three times; his first marriage was to Jesse Blostein. The couple married on February 11, 1967, and then divorced on September 29, 1970.
Pitlik's next marriage was to Linda Hirsch on June 23, 1974, but they divorced on April 25, 1977. Pitlik then married Susan Whittaker on January 18, 1986. They would remain married until his death from lung cancer on February 18, 1999.
Pop culture references
An episode of The Smurfs includes a gnome named "Mr. Pitlik."