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Gail in 1975
Maxwell Trowbridge Gail Jr.|
April 5, 1943
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
(m. 1983; her death 1986)
Nan Harris (m. 1989)
Maxwell Trowbridge Gail Jr. (born April 5, 1943), known as Max Gail, is an American actor who has starred in stage, television, and film roles. He is best known for his role as Detective Stan "Wojo" Wojciehowicz on the sitcom Barney Miller (1975–1982), which earned him two consecutive Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series nominations.
Gail was born in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Mary Elizabeth (née Scanlon) and Maxwell Trowbridge Gail, a businessman, and raised in Grosse Ile, Michigan. He has a twin sister, actress Mary Gail.
He attended Williams College, and was later an instructor for the University Liggett School before becoming an actor. His acting debut came in 1970 for the Little Fox Theatre in San Francisco, California, playing Chief Bromden in the original stage production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. In 1973, he reprised this role in his New York stage debut.
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Gail is best known for his television role as Det. Stan "Wojo" Wojciehowicz in the sitcom Barney Miller (1975-1982). Gail's best known feature film role is in D.C. Cab (1983) as Harold, the owner of the D.C. Cab taxi company. He directed several episodes of Barney Miller as Maxwell Gail.
In 1984, Gail was featured in the monodrama The Babe on Broadway. This stage play was filmed and later featured on PBS. Gail has starred in other TV series including Whiz Kids (1983) as Llewellan Farley, Jr., an investigative reporter who is friends with a group of teenaged computer hackers. He worked on the short-lived Normal Life (1990). He has appeared on the TV series Sons & Daughters (2006).
Gail has made many guest appearances on TV shows such as: Walker, Texas Ranger (ep. Whitewater), Cannon, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, Due South, The Streets of San Francisco, Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers, The Drew Carey Show, Hawaii Five-0, Quantum Leap, Psych, Longmire, Gary Unmarried, NCIS, Scorpion, Mad Men, as well as an episode of the FX miniseries Fargo.
Gail appeared as Brooklyn Dodgers manager Burt Shotton in the 2013 film 42, a film about Jackie Robinson's first two years as a member of the Dodgers organization, including his first year of playing at the Major League level in 1947. Gail runs Full Circle, a production company which has featured documentaries on such subjects as Agent Orange, Native Americans, and nuclear issues. Gail was recast as Mike Corbin on General Hospital. He debuted on February 5, 2018.
- The Organization (1971) - Rudy
- Dirty Harry (1971) - Tunnel Hoodlum #1 (uncredited)
- Night Moves (1975) - Stud
- Curse of the Black Widow (1977, TV Movie) - Ragsdale
- Cardiac Arrest (1980) - Leigh Gregory
- D.C. Cab (1983) - Harold
- Heartbreakers (1984) - King
- Where are the Children (1986) - Clay Eldridge
- Man Against the Mob (1988) - Judah Best
- Our Shining Moment (1991, TV Movie) - John McGuire Jr.
- Dangerous Touch (1994) - Jasper Stone
- Pontiac Moon (1994) - Jerome Bellamy
- Deadly Target (1994) - Captain Peters
- Home Improvement (1995) - Officer Carl Keegan
- Good Luck (1996) - Farmer John
- Forest Warrior (1996) - Sherrif Ramsey
- Judgment Day (1999) - General William 'Bill' Meech
- Facing the Enemy (2001) - Thomas Galloway
- Tillamook Treasure (2006) - Grandpa Kimbell
- Dexter (2007, TV Series) - Banana Boat Tour Guide
- You Don't Know Jack: The Jack Soo Story (2009) - Himself
- Always and Forever (2009, TV Movie) - Bill Anderson
- Psych (2012-2013, TV Series) - Jerry Carp
- 42 (2013) - Burt Shotton
- The Frontier (2015) - Sean
- I'll See You In My Dreams (2015) - Carl
- Mad Men (2015, TV Series) - Floyd
- Underdog Kids (2015) - Charlie
- Longmire (2015, TV Series) - Thomas Hoyt
- Review (2015, TV Series) - Forrest's Father
- The Hero (2017) - Gary Babcock
- Hawaii Five-0 (2017, TV Series) - Bill Walker
- Abundant Acreage Available (2017) - Hans
- General Hospital (2018-) - Mike Corbin
- Profile, Filmreference.com; accessed June 12, 2018.
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