November 4, 1932|
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Died||February 18, 1999
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Other names||Noam Pitlick|
|Occupation||Actor, television director, producer|
|Spouse(s)||Jesse Blostein (m. 1967–70) (divorced)
Linda Hirsch (m. 1974–77) (divorced)
Susan Whittaker (m. 1986–99) (his death)
Noam Pitlik (November 4, 1932 – February 18, 1999) was an American television director and actor. In 1979, Pitlik won an Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series for his work on the ABC-TV sitcom Barney Miller.
Pitlik began acting in a Western series on WCAU in Philadelphia and in 1957 starred in an Off-Broadway production of The Threepenny Opera. During the 1960s and 1970s, he became a familiar character actor on television, appearing in approximately 80 different TV series (making multiple appearances in several) including The Untouchables, The Patty Duke Show, Gunsmoke, The Virginian, The Andy Griffith Show, Get Smart, I Dream Of Jeannie, Hogan's Heroes, Bewitched, The Odd Couple, The Partridge Family, and All In The Family. He had recurring roles on The Bob Newhart Show, I'm Dickens, He's Fenster and Sanford And Son. He also appeared in theatrical films such as The Fortune Cookie, The Graduate, Fitzwilly and The Front Page. Though he largely retired from acting in the mid-1970s to concentrate on directing, he still made a handful of widely spaced acting appearances over the next two decades. Pitlik's final acting appearance was in an episode of Becker in 1998.
Pitlik directed episodes of 29 different series including sitcoms Barney Miller (102 episodes), Wings (27 episodes), Night Court (1 episode), Mr. Belvedere (44 episodes), Off the Rack (6 episodes), Taxi (11 episodes) and One Day at a Time (18 episodes). In addition to the Emmy, he also received the Peabody Award and Directors Guild of America Award for his work on Barney Miller.
Personal life and death
Pitlik was married three times; his first marriage was to Jesse Blostein on February 11, 1967 They divorced on September 29, 1970. Pitlik next married Linda Hirsch on June 23, 1974, they divorced on April 25, 1977. Pitlik's last marriage was to Susan Whittaker on January 18, 1986. They remained married until his death from lung cancer on February 18, 1999.
- A Child Is Waiting (1963) – Concerned Father (uncredited)
- The Satan Bug (1965) – Motel Clerk (uncredited)
- The Hallelujah Trail (1965) – Interpreter
- The Fortune Cookie (1966) – Max
- Texas Across the River (1966) – Indian (uncredited)
- The Young Warriors (1966)
- Fitzwilly (1967) – Charles
- The Graduate (1967) – Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)
- The Thousand Plane Raid (1969) – Lt. Jacoby
- The Big Bounce (1969) – Sam Turner
- Downhill Racer (1969) – T.V. Announcer (uncredited)
- The Front Page (1974) – Wilson