Dan Hedaya

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Dan Hedaya
BornDaniel G. Hedaya[citation needed]
(1940-07-24) July 24, 1940 (age 78)
Brooklyn, New York
OccupationActor
Years active1970–present

Daniel G. Hedaya (born July 24, 1940) is an American actor. He established himself as a supporting actor, often playing sleazy villains or wisecracking supporting characters. He has had major supporting roles in films like True Confessions (1981), Tightrope, Blood Simple (both 1984), Commando (1985), Joe Versus the Volcano (1990), Rookie of the Year (1993), Clueless (1995), The First Wives Club, Daylight, Marvin's Room (all 1996), Alien Resurrection (1997), A Civil Action, A Night at the Roxbury (both 1998), The Hurricane, Dick (both 1999), Shaft, The Crew (both 2000), Swimfan (2002), Robots, and Strangers with Candy (both 2005).

Life and career[edit]

Hedaya was born in Brooklyn, New York, to a Sephardic Jewish family from Aleppo, Syria.[1][2][3] His father emigrated from Aleppo.[4] Hedaya was raised in Bensonhurst, and worked as a junior high school teacher for many years before deciding to pursue acting full-time.[4]

Alongside a successful career in the movies, Hedaya has appeared in several TV roles, including Carla Tortelli's ex-husband Nick on the sitcom Cheers and its short-lived spinoff The Tortellis. He played the estranged father of Mallory Keaton's boyfriend, Nick, on the sitcom Family Ties. More recently, he played an Italian-American priest in the controversial and quickly cancelled NBC series The Book of Daniel. Adding to his list of television credits is his performance as the long-lost father of Adrian Monk on Monk. He also guest starred in 1997 and 2005 as a wisecracking lawyer on the medical drama ER.

In films, Hedaya has played the evil dictator Arius in 1985's Commando and Mel Horowitz, the father of Alicia Silverstone's Cher, in the 1995 film Clueless. He played Julian Marty, a cuckolded husband who plots his wife's murder in the first Coen Brothers film, Blood Simple. His physical similarity to Richard Nixon led to his being cast as the former president for the film Dick. Hedaya appeared in several episodes of the television series Hill Street Blues as a corrupt, bigamist cop during the series' first season. During the 1980s Hedaya also appeared in the television series Miami Vice.[5]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1970 Myra Breckinridge Patient in Hospital Ward Uncredited
1976 The Passover Plot Yaocov
1979 The Seduction of Joe Tynan Alex Heller
1980 Night of the Juggler Sgt. Otis Barnes
1981 True Confessions Howard Terkel
1982 I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can Doctor Klein
1982 Endangered Species Peck
1983 The Hunger Lieutenant Allegrezza
1984 Tightrope Detective Molinari
1984 Blood Simple Julian Marty
1984 Reckless Peter Daniels
1984 The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension John Gomez
1985 Commando Arius
1986 A Smoky Mountain Christmas Harry
1986 Running Scared Captain Logan
1986 Wise Guys Anthony Castelo
1990 Joe Versus the Volcano Frank Waturi
1990 Tune in Tomorrow Robert Quince
1990 Pacific Heights The Banker
1991 The Addams Family Tully Alford
1991 Doubles Lenny Bruce
1993 Benny & Joon Thomas
1992 Four Eyes and Six Guns
1993 Boiling Point Brady
1993 Rookie of the Year Larry Fisher
1993 Searching for Bobby Fischer Tournament Director
1993 For Love or Money Gene Salvatore
1993 Mr. Wonderful Harvey
1994 Maverick Twitchy, Riverboat Poker Player
1995 Nixon Trini Cardoza
1995 Clueless Mel Horowitz
1995 The Usual Suspects Sgt. Geoffrey "Jeff" Rabin
1995 To Die For Joe Maretto
1995 Fair Game Walter Hollenbach Uncredited
1996 Freeway Detective Garnet Wallace
1996 The First Wives Club Morton Cushman
1996 Ransom Jackie Brown
1996 Daylight EMS Officer Frank Kraft
1996 Marvin's Room Bob
1997 Alien: Resurrection General Perez
1997 A Life Less Ordinary Gabriel
1997 In & Out Military Attorney
1998 A Civil Action John Riley
1998 A Night at the Roxbury Kamehl Butabi
1999 The Hurricane Detective Sgt. Della Pesca Paterson PD
1999 Dick President Richard M. "Dick" Nixon
2000 Shaft Detective Jack Roselli
2000 The Crew Mike "The Brick" Donatelli
2000 The Extreme Adventures of Super Dave Gil Ruston
2001 Mulholland Drive Vincenzo Castigliane
2001 Down Lt. McBain
2002 Swimfan Coach Simkins
2002 Quicksand General Stewart
2002 New Suit Muster Hansau
2003 American Cousins Settimo
2005 Robots Mr. Gunk (voice)
2005 Pizza My Heart Vinnie Montebello
2005 Strangers with Candy Guy Blank
2006 The Good Student Gabrial
2007 The Warrior Class General Rand
2010 The Extra Man Aresh
2012 The Normals Ragnar
2013 Clutter Walter Bickford
2014 The Humbling Asa
2016 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Red

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1975 Ryan's Hope Herbie Towers
1976 Kojak Dan Hudson Episode: "A Hair-Trigger Away"
1977 The Andros Targets Prager Episode: "The Treatment Succeeded But the Patient Died"
1977 The Prince of Central Park Hot Dog Vendor Television film
1978 The Last Tenant Gabe Television film
1979 Paris Gil Davis Episode: "Once More for Free"
1980 Death Penalty Detective Ralph Corso Television film
1981–1984 Hill Street Blues Ralph Macafee / A Bum 5 episodes
1982 CHiPs Herzog Episode: "Trained for Trouble"
1982 Report to Murphy Episode: "Pilot"
1984 St. Elsewhere Joseph Keuhnelian 3 episodes
1984 The Dollmaker Skyros Television film
1984 Hot Pursuit Episode: "Goodbye... I Love You"
1984–1993 Cheers Nick Tortelli 6 episodes
1984, 1986 Miami Vice Reuben Reydolfo / Ben Schroeder Episodes: "One Eyed Jack" & "Payback"
1985 The Twilight Zone Nick Episode 8: "Act Break/The Burning Man/Dealer's Choice" Segment - Dealer's Choice
1986 Slow Burn Simon Fleischer Television film
1986 The Equalizer Frank Donahue Episode: Unpunished Crimes"
1986 Courage John Fosh Television film
1986 That Secret Sunday Captain Bates Television film
1986 A Smoky Mountain Christmas Harry Television film
1987 The Tortellis Nick Tortelli 13 episodes
1987–1988 Mama's Boy Mickey 4 episodes
1988–1989 Family Ties Joe Moore 2 episodes
1988–1990 L.A. Law Michael Roitman 3 episodes
1989 Who's the Boss? Ralph Episode: "Men Are People, Too"
1989 One of the Boys Ernie 6 episodes
1989 Double Your Pleasure John Television film
1990–1991 Equal Justice Detective Al Perry 2 episodes
1991 Veronica Clare Louis Benato 2 episodes
1993 Flying Blind Employer #1 Episode: "Panic in Neil's Park"
1993 Based on an Untrue Story Caprawolski Television film
1993 NYPD Blue Lou the Werewolf Episode: "NYPD Lou"
1993–1995 Fallen Angels Detective Copernik / Auger / Johnny Ralls / Lt. Calender 4 episodes
1993, 1997 Law & Order Leslie Drake / Lt. Brian Torelli 2 episodes
1994 Another Midnight Run Eddie Moscone Television film
1994 Midnight Runaround Eddie Moscone Television film
1994 Midnight Run for Your Life Eddie Moscone Television film
1994 Because Mommy Works Judge Uncredited; television film
1995 Picture Windows Carl Episode: "Soir Bleu"
1996 The Home Court Judge Walter Ragsdale 2 episodes
1997 The Second Civil War Mel Burgess Television film
1997 The Garden Of Redemption Capt. Zito Television film
1997 Homicide: Life on the Street Leslie Drake Episode: "Baby, It's You"
1997–2005 ER Herb Spivak 4 episodes
1999 Locked in Silence Dr. Rosenstock Television film
2000 The Street Randy Hoder Episode: "High Yield Bonds"
2000 Judging Amy Detective Tarnower Episode: "Unnecessary Roughness"
2000–2003 Yes, Dear Don Ludke 6 episodes
2003 Lucky Joey Legs 3 episodes
2005 Pizza My Heart Vinnie Montebello Television film
2006 The Book of Daniel Father Frank 4 episodes
2006 Monk Jack Monk Episode: "Mr. Monk Meets His Dad"
2008 Lipstick Jungle Dimitri Pappademos Episode: "Chapter Eleven: The F-Word"
2011 Too Big to Fail Rep. Barney Frank Television film
2011 Person of Interest Bernie Sullivan Episode: "The Fix"
2013 Golden Boy Francis Diaco Episode: "Beast of Burden"
2014 Gotham Detective Dix Episode: "Spirit of the Goat"
2014–2015 The Mindy Project Alan Castellano 2 episodes
2015 Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Special Segment Actor Episode: "Infrastructure"
2015 Blue Bloods Vincent Rella 2 episodes
2016 Odd Mom Out Jill's Dad Episode: "Fasting and Furious"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Philadelphia Rings a Bell FOR 'First Wives Club' Actor". Jewish Exponent. 1996-10-03. Retrieved 2007-12-10.
  2. ^ Weinraub, Bernard (1995-11-14). "After 20 Years, Dan Hedaya Is Fading Out of Anonymity". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-12-10.
  3. ^ Zenner, Walter P. (2000). A Global Community: The Jews from Aleppo, Syria. Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-2791-5.
  4. ^ a b Schleier, Curt (1999-10-28). "A Night at the Sephardic Film Festival". The Jewish Journal. Retrieved 2009-06-15.
  5. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0647128/fullcredits?ref_=tt_ov_st_sm

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