|Born||August 31, 1937|
Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
|Died||December 2, 2020 (aged 83)|
Valencia, California, U.S.
(m. 1960; died 2010)
Warren Berlinger (August 31, 1937 – December 2, 2020) was an American character actor, with Broadway runs, movie and television credits, and much work in commercials.
Warren 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.
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. He was known to have co-starred with Elvis.
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 The 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 Betchler), on Marlo Thomas' TV show That Girl, as Thomas's stingy cousin Howard (Season 1, Episode 27) and as Dr. Goldfisher (Season 4, Episode 25), 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." In 1975, he was a special guest member of the show Emergency! playing the role of heart transplant patient Frank Fenady alongside Jeanne Cooper.
His other films include The Long Goodbye (1973), The Girl Most Likely to... (1973), 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).
In 2006, Berlinger marked his 60th anniversary in show business. He was both honorary mayor and honorary sheriff of Chatsworth, California.
His final acting credit was a 2016 episode of Grace and Frankie.
In 1960, Berlinger married actress Betty Lou Keim, who died in 2010. They had four children.
Berlinger died from cancer on December 2, 2020, at the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in Valencia, California; he was 83.
|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!||Frank Fenady||Season 5, Episode 5: "Heart Transplant Patient"|
|1975||Happy Days||DJ Sam the Prince|
|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|
|1977||Happy Days||Sergeant Betchler||Season 4, Episode 20: "The Physical"|
|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|
|1986||Blacke's Magic||Officer Gunther||Episode 12: "Wax Poetic"|
|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|
- ^ "Elvis Co-Star Warren Berlinger Joins Elvis Week Line-Up". www.graceland.com. Retrieved 2020-12-08.
- ^ a b "Spinout - MGM 1966". IrishElvisFanClub.com. Archived from the original on 2010-09-03. Retrieved 2012-06-13.
- ^ Moniuszko, Sara M. "Warren Berlinger, actor in 'Happy Days,' 'Cannonball Run' and 'Blue Denim,' dead at 83". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2020-12-08.
- ^ Barnes, Mike (2020-12-02). "Warren Berlinger, Actor in 'Blue Denim,' 'Come Blow Your Horn' and 'Cannonball Run,' Dies at 83". The Hollywood Reporter.
- ^ Morales, Christina (5 December 2020). "Warren Berlinger, Film and Television Character Actor, Dies at 83". The New York Times.
- ^ Happy Days, TV Guide, https://www.tvguide.com/tvshows/happy-days/episode-20-season-4/the-physical/100197/
- Warren Berlinger at IMDb
- Warren Berlinger at the Internet Broadway Database
- Warren Berlinger at AllMovie
- Warren Berlinger discography at Discogs
- 1937 births
- 2020 deaths
- Male actors from New York City
- American male film actors
- American male musical theatre actors
- American male television actors
- Jewish American male actors
- Musicians from Brooklyn
- 20th-century American male actors
- 21st-century American male actors
- 21st-century American Jews
- Deaths from cancer in California