Bruce Mahler

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Bruce Mahler
Born (1950-09-12) September 12, 1950 (age 68)
Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.
Years active1977–2001

Bruce Mahler (born September 12, 1950) is an American actor, producer, and writer. He is known for his role as Sgt. Fackler in the comedy films Police Academy, and as Rabbi Kirschbaum on the sitcom Seinfeld.


He was born on September 12, 1950 in Manhattan, New York City..

In 1977, Mahler appeared on two episodes of the TV series, Fernwood 2 Night. In 1980, he appeared on Fridays, an early 1980s sketch show on ABC modeled after NBC's Saturday Night Live, where most of Mahler's appearances showcased his musical talent and radio DJ-style voice, most notably in the recurring sketches "The Latin DJ" and the one-off sketches "K.P.L.O" (about Palestine Liberation Organization terrorists hosting a radio show in their bunker) and "A Classical Get-Down" (about a classical pianist who hosts his radio show like a Top 40 station).

Two years after Fridays was cancelled, Mahler portrayed Sgt. Douglas Fackler in the 1984 film Police Academy. Other film work included 1984's Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, the 1985 sequel Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment, the American sitcom Diff'rent Strokes, 1986's Police Academy 3: Back in Training, 1987's Funland, and the 1989 sequel Police Academy 6: City Under Siege.

In the 1990s, appeared on the television series The Famous Teddy Z and had a recurring role on Seinfeld. Bruce had minor roles in the movies Hook, Dick Tracy, and Loaded Weapon 1. Through 1995–1998, Mahler starred as a rabbi whom Elaine befriends on the Seinfeld episodes "The Postponement", a deleted scene in "The Hot Tub", "The Serenity Now", and "The Finale".


Year Title Role Notes
1977 Fernwood 2 Night Howard Palmer Recurring role (2 episodes)
1980–82 Fridays Various characters Main cast (54 episodes)
1984 Police Academy Cadet Doug Fackler
1984 Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter Axel
1985 Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment Cadet Doug Fackler
1985 Diff'rent Strokes Captain Jack Episode: "It's My Party and I'll Cry If I Want To"
1986 Police Academy 3: Back in Training Sgt. Doug Fackler
1987 Funland Mike Spencer
1989 Police Academy 6: City Under Siege Sgt. Doug Fackler
1990 The Famous Teddy Z Episode: "Pitching the Net"
1990 Dick Tracy Reporter Uncredited
1991 Hook Pirate Uncredited
1993 Loaded Weapon 1 District Attorney #2 Uncredited
1995–98 Seinfeld Rabbi Glickman Recurring role (3 episodes)
1998 Monster Farm Count Cluckula Voice role (13 episodes)
2000 The Perfect Storm Mr. Moss Uncredited
2000 Scary Movie Homey #2 Uncredited

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