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June 25, 1948 |
Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
|Occupation||Actor, film director|
|Spouse(s)||Barbara Deutsch (1977–?; divorced; 1 child)
Lorna Patterson (1990-present; 2 children)
Michael Lembeck (born June 25, 1948) is an American actor, television and film director.
Life and career
Lembeck was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Caroline Dubs and Harvey Lembeck, an actor and comedian. He began acting in the late-1960s and directing in the 1970s. His most notable acting role was as Julie Cooper's husband, Max Horvath, on the sitcom One Day at a Time. He played news caster Clete Meizenheimer on the series, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. In 1975, he appeared on Barney Miller in the episode "Hair" as Officer Guardeno. He also played "Kaptain Kool" of Kaptain Kool and the Kongs on The Krofft Supershow from 1976 to 1978. He is also known for his role as Vinnie Fazio in The Boys in Company C in 1978. He was a member of the cast of the 1985–1986 situation comedy Foley Square. He also appeared with his father, actor Harvey Lembeck, in an episode of The Partridge Family in 1971.
Lembeck has had collaborations with actor Peter Boyle in both The Santa Clause 2, Bob the Builder, Ellen, Ramona (1988 TV series), and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause and also The Dream Team. Lembeck also directed Peter Boyle in a number of episodes in Everybody Loves Raymond.
Lembeck's first film appearance came in the 1968 film Hang 'Em High where he portrays a store clerk with two spoken lines. He later acted in The In-Laws. He directed The Santa Clause 2 and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, as well as the Nia Vardalos film Connie and Carla and Tooth Fairy.
Lembeck now works as a full-time film and TV director. He won an Emmy for his work as a director on the Friends, Mad About You, and Friends episode "The One After the Superbowl", and directed 20 other episodes of the series. He is married to actress Lorna Patterson.
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