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. 1967–1970) (divorced)
Linda Hirsch (m. 1974–1977) (divorced)
Susan Whittaker (m. 1986–1999) (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 his acting career in a Western series on WCAU in Philadelphia and in 1957 starred in an Off-Broadway production of Kurt Weill's The Threepenny Opera. During the 1960s and 1970s, Pitlik became a familiar character actor on television, making guest appearances in around 80 different TV series (making multiple appearances in several) including The Untouchables, The Rifleman, The Patty Duke Show, Gunsmoke, My Favorite Martian, The Virginian, The Munsters, Gidget, The Andy Griffith Show, Gomer Pyle, USMC, The Invaders, The Fugitive, The F.B.I., Get Smart, I Dream Of Jeannie, Hogan's Heroes (seven different roles, including the pilot episode), The Monkees, Bewitched, The Flying Nun, That Girl, Run For Your Life, The Mod Squad, The Odd Couple, Nanny and the Professor, The Partridge Family, Room 222, Night Gallery, Love, American Style, All In The Family, Mannix, Ironside, Cannon, Barnaby Jones and The Six Million Dollar Man. He had recurring roles on Ben Casey, I'm Dickens, He's Fenster, The Bob Newhart Show and Sanford And Son. He also appeared in TV movies, commercials and some 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, Pitlik still made a handful of widely spaced acting appearances over the next two decades. His final appearance as an actor was in an episode of Becker in 1998.
Pitlik directed episodes of 29 different TV series including 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
- Penelope (1966) – Bank Security Guard (uncredited)
- 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