As Larry Barnes, younger brother of Joey Barnes, in The Joey Bishop Show.
(m. 1960; died 2010)
Berlinger performed in the original 1946 Broadway production of Annie Get Your Gun, with Ethel Merman and Ray Middleton. He guest-starred on the original Howdy Doody television show, with roles following on Kraft Television Theatre and other programs. He also guest-starred on John Cassavetes's detective series, NBC's Johnny Staccato.
In 1960 he appeared with Jack Lemmon and Rick Nelson in The Wackiest Ship In The Army as Radioman 2nd class A.J. Sparks.
Berlinger appeared in both the Broadway stage and Hollywood movie productions of Blue Denim (winning a Theatre World Award for the stage version), and also Happy Time, Anniversary Waltz (later adapted as the movie Happy Anniversary), and Come Blow Your Horn in 1961. He also performed in the 1963 London stage production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at the Shaftesbury Theatre. His career as a character actor began in 1956 with the film Teenage Rebel, and continued in the movies Because They're Young (1960), The Wackiest Ship In The Army (1960), Billie (1965) and Thunder Alley (1967).
In 1965, Berlinger was the star of Kilroy, a segment of Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color. In 1966, he played Phillip Short in the movie Spinout. Later appearances included episodes of Charlie's Angels, Happy Days (including an appearance as "tough-as-nails" United States Army recruiter Sergeant Bechler), on Marlo Thomas' TV show That Girl, as Thomas' stingy cousin Howard (Season 1, Episode 27), Love, American Style, Operation Petticoat, Friends, Columbo and Murder, She Wrote. In 1973, he was a regular cast member of the short-lived situation comedy A Touch of Grace. He also starred in an Archie Bunker type sitcom, entitled "Warren." Archive zHis other films include The Long Goodbye (1973), The Girl Most Likely to... (1973), In 1975, he was a special guest member of the show Emergency! playing the role of a heart transplant patient Mr. Frank Fenady alongside Jeanne Cooper. Lepke (1975), I Will, I Will... for Now (1976), The Shaggy D.A. (1976), The Magician of Lublin (1979), The Cannonball Run (1981), The World According to Garp (1982), Ten Little Indians (1989), Hero (1992) and That Thing You Do! (1996).
Berlinger was born in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, of Jewish heritage, the son of Frieda (née Shapkin) and Elias Berlinger, a building contractor. His family owned Berlinger's Glass Store on Avenue D. He and his late wife, actress Betty Lou Keim had four children. He is the nephew of Milton Berle.
|1956||Teenage Rebel||Dick Hewitt|
|1956||Three Brave Men||Harry Goldsmith|
|1960||Because They're Young||Buddy McCalla|
|1960||Platinum High School||'Crip' Hastings|
|1960||The Wackiest Ship in the Army||Radioman 2nd Class A.J. 'Sparks' Sparks|
|1961||All Hands on Deck||Ens. Rudy Rush|
|1967||Thunder Alley||Eddie Sands|
|1973||The Long Goodbye||Morgan|
|1973||The Girl Most Likely to...||Herman Anderson||TV movie|
|1975||Emergency! S5EP5||Frank Fenady||Heart Transplant Patient|
|1975||The Four Deuces||Chico Hamilton - the Arch Rival|
|1976||I Will, I Will... for Now||Steve Martin|
|1976||Harry and Walter Go to New York||Stage Manager|
|1976||The Shaggy D.A.||Dip|
|1979||The Magician of Lublin||Herman|
|1981||The Cannonball Run||Shakey Finch|
|1982||The World According to Garp||Stew Percy|
|1986||Free Ride||Dean Stockwell|
|1988||Outlaw Force||Capt. Morgan|
|1988||Take Two||Apartment Manager|
|1989||Ten Little Indians||Mr. Blore|
|1996||That Thing You Do!||Polaroid T.V. Host|
|2003||They Call Him Sasquatch||Howard Dell|