As Larry Barnes, younger brother of Joey Barnes, in The Joey Bishop Show.
August 31, 1937 |
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Betty Lou Keim (?–2010; her death; 4 children)|
Berlinger was born in Brooklyn, New York, of Jewish heritage, the son of Frieda (née Shapkin) and Elias Berlinger, a building contractor. His family owned Berlinger's Glass Store on Avenue D. He and his late wife, actress Betty Lou Keim (1938–2010) had four children. He is the nephew of Milton Berle.
Berlinger performed in the original 1946 Broadway production of Annie Get Your Gun, with Ethel Merman and Ray Middleton. He guest-starred on the original Howdy Doody television show, with roles following on Kraft Television Theatre and other programs. He also guest-starred on John Cassavetes's detective series, NBC's Johnny Staccato.
Berlinger appeared in both the Broadway stage and Hollywood movie productions of Blue Denim (winning a Theatre World Award for the stage version), and also Happy Time, Anniversary Waltz (later adapted as the movie Happy Anniversary), and Come Blow Your Horn in 1961. He also performed in the 1963 London stage production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at the Shaftesbury Theatre, His career as a character actor began in 1956 with the film "Teenage Rebel". Then in the movies Billie (1965), Teenage Rebel, Thunder Alley and Because They're Young.
In 1965, Berlinger was the star of Kilroy, a segment of Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color. Later appearances included episodes of Charlie's Angels, Happy Days (including a hilarious episode as "tough-as-nails" United States Army recruiter, Sergeant Bechler), Love, American Style, Operation Petticoat, Friends, Columbo, Murder, She Wrote, and the movies Wanted: The Sundance Woman, The Cannonball Run, The Shaggy D.A., That Thing You Do!, and The Girl Most Likely to....
Berlinger played Phillip Short in Spinout - MGM 1966.
2006 marked Berlinger's 60th anniversary in show business. He has been both honorary Mayor and honorary Sheriff of Chatsworth, California.
- Warren Berlinger at the Internet Movie Database
- Warren Berlinger at the Internet Broadway Database
- Warren Berlinger at AllMovie
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