January 31, 1940
Davenport, Iowa, U.S.
|Other names||Salt Spring Slim|
|Occupation||actor, director, screenwriter, songwriter, musician|
|Spouse(s)||Pat Margolin (? - ?)|
Margolin is best known for his role on the television show The Rockford Files, playing Evelyn "Angel" Martin, the shifty friend and former jailmate of Jim Rockford (James Garner). Margolin won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor – Drama Series in this role, in 1979 and 1980; he is one of only five actors to win this award twice for the same role.
Margolin played Rabbi David Small in the 1976 movie, Lanigan's Rabbi, based on the series of mystery novels written by Harry Kemelman. Scheduling conflicts prevented him from continuing the role in the short-lived TV series of the same name that aired in 1977 as part of the "NBC Sunday Mystery Movie," where Small was played by Bruce Solomon. Margolin was earlier paired with James Garner in a 1971-72 TV Western series entitled Nichols, where he played a character somewhat similar to the Angel character he played in The Rockford Files. That show only lasted for one season. Margolin appeared in two episodes of the television series M*A*S*H ("Bananas, Crackers and Nuts", "Operation Noselift"),The Partridge Family ("Go Directly to Jail" & "A Penny for His Thoughts), The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rhoda, an episode of Land of the Giants ("The Mechanical Man"), Twelve O'Clock High ("Mutiny at Ten Thousand Feet"), The Monkees ("Monkees Watch Their Feet"), Love, American Style (where he was a member of the Love American Style Players), The Fall Guy (where he played Ace Cochran in the Molly Sue) and Magnum, P.I. His brother Arnold Margolin was the executive producer of the Love, American Style series. In May 2009, Margolin appeared on an episode of 30 Rock, opposite Alan Alda; it was the first time the two actors appeared together since M*A*S*H in 1974. Margolin appears in the 2009 CTV/CBS police drama series The Bridge.
Margolin has directed TV shows since the early 1970s, including episodes of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, the 1976 western series Sara, Magnum, P.I., Bret Maverick, Quantum Leap, and Northern Exposure. He has appeared in a number of Canadian television series including some produced by Doug McLeod. He won the 1996 DGA Award for children's programming for directing the film Salt Water Moose, and he was nominated again for the same award for directing the 1998 film The Sweetest Gift. Margolin was also nominated for a DGA Award for drama series direction for a 1991 episode of Northern Exposure entitled "Goodbye to All That". He also directed, co-starred and scored The Glitter Dome (1984) with James Garner, Margot Kidder and John Lithgow for HBO Pictures.
Margolin has written several songs for and with longtime friend and singer-songwriter Jerry Riopelle that have appeared on Riopelle's albums since 1967. He was in the bands The Parade and Shango, and co-wrote Shango's 1969 novelty record "Day After Day (It's Slippin' Away)". He also released an album in 1980 entitled And the Angel Sings.
- Advanced Primetime Awards Search at Academy of Television Arts and Sciences website (retrieved April 18, 2009).
- Tom O'Neil, "Drama supporting actors prove Emmy winners not always TV reruns", Los Angeles Times, July 13, 2010.
- Alan Sepinwall,"30 Rock, "Mamma Mia": Alan Alda is the Donaghy daddy?", The Star-Ledger, May 8, 2009 (retrieved May 19, 2009).
- 'Flashpoint' pipeline brings 'The Bridge' to CBS.
- Mary McNamara, "Television Review: 'The Bridge' on CBS", Los Angeles Times, July 10, 2010.
- "DGA Announces 1998 Nominees For Outstanding Directorial Achievement In Documentary And TV Categories Of Daytime Serials And Children's Programs", at DGA website, February 8, 1999 (retrieved January 4, 2009).
- Jerry Osborne,"Prominent albums make comeback", Evansville Courier & Press, January 1, 2007 (retrieved January 7, 2009).
- Sharon Cantilon, "The Secret's Out: Chautauqua Institution's theater program is gaining national attention, thanks in part to actor Stuart Margolin" Buffalo News, June 22, 2008 (retrieved January 4, 2009).
- "Janet Margolin, Film And TV Actress, 50", New York Times, December 18, 1993.
- "Benjamin Margolin", New York Times, July 29, 1982.