Todd Susman

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Todd Susman
Born (1947-01-17) January 17, 1947 (age 71)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1970-present
Spouse(s) Judy Susman (divorced)
Bella Kardonov (m. 1982)
Children 4

Todd Susman (born January 17, 1947) is an American actor.

Early life[edit]

A native of St. Louis, Missouri, he graduated from Ladue Horton Watkins High School in 1965.[1]


Susman has appeared in over one hundred different television series and commercials[2] and was also featured in the Broadway production of Hairspray, the 1970s films Star Spangled Girl (1971), The Loners (1972), Little Cigars (1973) and California Dreaming (1979), the 2007 independent film, The Big Bad Swim, and the 2009 comedy, The Flying Scissors. He also voiced the lead character in the 2002 video game Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix. He portrayed Ted Lapinsky on The Waltons (episode 'The Unthinkable"; aired January 3, 1980) and appeared in a 1991 episode of The Golden Girls, "The Case of the Libertine Belle". He played detective Spade Marlow. Before that, Susman submitted a pilot series for Grant Tinker for MTM Enterprises about an innocent young man arriving in New York City to start his career.[3] Susman played Harold Bloom in Orange is the New Black. [4]

Susman's better-known roles include Officer Shifflett on Newhart and the unseen P.A. system announcer on the television series M*A*S*H (he also appeared in the 1974 episode "Operation Noselift"). In 1976, he was a regular on the six-episode CBS adventure series Spencer's Pilots.[5]

In 2012, he appeared in the original cast of the off-Broadway Westside Theatre show, "Old Jews Telling Jokes", in which Jessica Shaw of Entertainment Weekly called his portrayal "the funniest moment...delivered with a Yiddish accent as thick as schmaltz".[6] Jason Zinoman of The New York Times also complimented his performance, saying "the incongruity between content and form is perfectly tuned, and Mr. Susman benefits from resisting the urge to oversell the joke".[7] David Finkle of also said Susman "often scores simply through his feigned stoicism".[8]

In 2013, Susman, along with the Old Jews Telling Jokes cast and The Chew personality Carla Hall appeared at Carnegie Deli to unveil the "OJTJ sandwich", named for the comedy group.[9]

Personal life[edit]

In a 1971 news article, Susman mentioned he moved to Los Angeles because a friend told him he could make $500 a week as a writer. Unfortunately, the plan did not go well and he ended up making $60 a week as a writer for American International Pictures.[10]

Susman has one child with his first wife Judy, who is a working actress.[2] He married Bella Kordonov on November 6, 1982; they have three children.[11][5]



  1. ^ "Distinguished Alumni". Ladue Education Foundation and Alumni Association. Accessed February 8, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Garmon, M. D. (1978-04-30). "Grits, Gadsen mighty fine, says TV actor Todd Susman". The Gadsden Times. Retrieved 2013-12-28. 
  3. ^ "Spencer's Pilots' Take Wing". Boca Raton News. 1976-10-01. Retrieved 2013-12-28. 
  4. ^ ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK's Todd Susman to Star in WHEN BLOOD RAN RED at KulturfestNYC
  5. ^ a b "Buddy syndrome". St. Petersburg Times. 1976-09-16. Retrieved 2013-12-28. 
  6. ^ Shaw, Jessica (2012-05-25). "Old Jews Telling Jokes Review". Retrieved 2013-12-25. 
  7. ^ Zinoman, Jason (2012-05-21). "Such a Tradition of Humor, and This Is Only a Revue?". Retrieved 2013-12-28. 
  8. ^ Finkle, David (2012-05-20). "Old Jews Telling Jokes Review". Retrieved 2013-12-28. 
  9. ^ Gordon, David (2013-05-16). "The Chew's Carla Hall Unveils New Old Jews Telling Jokes Carnegie Deli Sandwich". Retrieved 2013-12-28. 
  10. ^ Beck, Marilyn (1971-06-10). "Sandy Duncan Not Right for Paramount Lead". Sarasota Journal. Retrieved 2013-12-28. 
  11. ^ "Success, at last, for actor Susman?". Observer–Reporter. 1990-02-25. Retrieved 2013-12-28. 

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