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September 12, 1950 |
New York City, New York, U.S.
Bruce Mahler (born September 12, 1950) is an American actor, producer, and writer. He is known for his role as Sgt. Fackler on the comedy films Police Academy, and as Rabbi Kirschbaum on the sitcom Seinfeld.
He was born on September 12, 1950.
In 1977, Mahler appeared on two episodes of the TV series, Fernwood 2Nite. 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 canceled, 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 who Elaine befriends on the Seinfeld episodes "The Postponement", "The Serenity Now", and the "The Finale". He also had a role in the 2000 movie The Perfect Storm and in Scary Movie.
As of 2001, Mahler has officially retired from acting to write and produce for his company in Florida. As of today he owns a production company in New York.