Sandy Helberg

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Sandy Helberg
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Sandy Helberg
Born (1949-05-28) May 28, 1949 (age 66)
Frankfurt, Allied-occupied Germany
Years active 1973-2012
Spouse(s) Harriet B. Helberg (1975-present; 2 children)
Children Mason Helberg
Simon Helberg

Sandy Helberg (born May 28, 1949) is an American actor.

Early life[edit]

Helberg was born in Frankfurt, Germany, to Tonia (née Altman) and Sam Helberg. His parents were both Holocaust survivors and met in a concentration camp.[1] They soon emigrated to the United States where his father, originally a barber, eventually became a successful real estate developer in Toledo, Ohio,[2] where Helberg grew up.


He later moved to New York where he studied acting with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse. Sandy did stand-up and was part of an improv group that worked clubs in Greenwich Village. He later moved to Los Angeles, becoming an original member of the Los Angeles improv group, The Groundlings. Acting in several comedy films, in particular three Mel Brooks films High Anxiety, History of the World: Part 1 and Spaceballs, he starred in the comedy films The Hollywood Knights and Up the Creek.

Sandy wrote and starred in short lived 1977 TV series The Lorenzo and Henrietta Music Show and the 1979 CBS TV series Flatbush. He has made numerous guest appearances on TV shows, including Trapper John, M.D., Remington Steele, Newhart, The Jeffersons, M*A*S*H, Married... with Children, The Wonder Years, Night Court, Fernwood Tonight, Knight Rider, Too Close for Comfort, Get a Life, House Calls, Cybill, and Days of Our Lives among others. Sandy also co-starred in the NBC miniseries, Harold Robbins' 79 Park Avenue and CBS movie of the week, More Wild Wild West.

Sandy was the original Gopher Smith in The Love Boat pilot.

Personal life[edit]

He has been married to Harriet Helberg (née Birnbaum)[3] since April 6, 1975, and has 2 sons, Mason and actor Simon Helberg.


Writer of TV episodes for The Golden Girls, (100th episode) Perfect Strangers, Dear John, Harry and the Hendersons, with wife/writing partner Harriet Helberg

Co-producer of "USO Salute to the Troops" for HBO/TBS


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