Herb Edelman

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Herb Edelman
Herb Edelman The Good Guys 1969.JPG
Edelman as Bert on The Good Guys, 1969.
BornHerbert Edelman
(1933-11-05)November 5, 1933
Brooklyn, New York
DiedJuly 21, 1996(1996-07-21) (aged 62)
Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California
Years active1963-1995
Spouse(s)Louise Sorel
(m.1964-1970; divorced)
Marylin Cosgrove
(?-?; divorced;[1] 2 children)
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Herb Edelman
Herb Edelman The Good Guys 1969.JPG
Edelman as Bert on The Good Guys, 1969.
BornHerbert Edelman
(1933-11-05)November 5, 1933
Brooklyn, New York
DiedJuly 21, 1996(1996-07-21) (aged 62)
Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California
Years active1963-1995
Spouse(s)Louise Sorel
(m.1964-1970; divorced)
Marylin Cosgrove
(?-?; divorced;[1] 2 children)

Herbert "Herb" Edelman (November 5, 1933 – July 21, 1996) was an American actor of stage, film and television. He was twice nominated for an Emmy Award for his television work. One of his best remembered roles was as Stanley Zbornak, the ex-husband of Dorothy Zbornak (played by Beatrice Arthur) on the long-running situation comedy The Golden Girls. He also had a recurring role on the 1980s medical drama St. Elsewhere.

Early life and career[edit]

Before becoming an actor, Edelman studied to become a veterinarian at Cornell University, but left during his first year. After serving in the US Army as an announcer for Armed Forces Radio, he enrolled in Brooklyn College as a Theater student, but eventually dropped out. He later worked as a hotel manager and as a taxicab driver. One of his fares was director Mike Nichols, who in 1963 cast Edelman in his breakthrough Broadway role, as the bewildered telephone repairman in Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park.

Edelman reprised his role in the 1967 film version (starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda), and appeared in the movie versions of Simon's The Odd Couple (1968) and California Suite (1978). He also appeared in an installment of the Japanese movie series Otoko wa Tsurai yo in 1979.

He remains best known for his three decades in television, usually as a co-star, recurring character, or guest star on The Golden Girls, That Girl, Love, American Style, The Streets of San Francisco, Maude, Cannon, Welcome Back, Kotter, Kojak, Fantasy Island, Cagney & Lacey, and MacGyver, but occasionally in a lead role. He starred in the 1976 children's series Big John, Little John, as well as The Good Guys with Bob Denver (Denver's first series after Gilligan's Island), in 1969. He also appeared with Bill Bixby and Valerie Perrine in Bruce Jay Friedman's Steambath, a controversial PBS dramedy, during 1973. From 1984 to 1988, he had a recurring role on St. Elsewhere. Edelman also appeared in ten episodes of Murder, She Wrote between 1984 and 1995; most frequently appearing as NYPD Lieutenant Artie Gelber. His last role was on an episode of Burke's Law.

Personal life and death[edit]

Edelman was married to soap opera actress Louise Sorel from 1964 to 1970. He was romantically linked with actress Christina Pickles (his co-star on St. Elsewhere), from the mid-1980s until his death.

Edelman died at age 62 of emphysema.

Selected filmography[edit]

1967In Like FlintRussian Premier
1967Barefoot in the ParkHarry Pepper
1968I Love You, Alice B. ToklasMurrayAlternative title: Kiss My Butterfly
1968Odd Couple, TheThe Odd CoupleMurray
1972War Between Men and Women, TheThe War Between Men and WomenHoward Mann
1973Way We Were, TheThe Way We WereBill Verso
1974Front Page, TheThe Front PageSchwartzCredited as Herbert Edelman
1974Yakuza, TheThe YakuzaWheatAlternative title: Brotherhood of the Yakuza
1979Goin' CoconutsSid
1979Tora-san's Dream of SpringMichael Jordan24th entry in the Japanese Otoko wa Tsurai yo series
1981On the Right TrackSam
1984Wheels on MealsMatt Henry
1992Naked Truth, TheThe Naked TruthRupert HessCredited as Herbert Edelman
1964Reporter, TheThe ReporterBenny1 episode
1965Nurses, TheThe NursesMarco1 episode
1965Honey WestMoody1 episode
1966Hey, LandlordGarvin1 episode
1966Occasional WifeUncle Harry1 episode
1967Girl from U.N.C.L.E., TheThe Girl from U.N.C.L.E.Mr. Asterick1 episode
1967Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler TheatreSeth Swine1 episode
1967Accidental FamilyHoward1 episode
1967Flying Nun, TheThe Flying NunAlbion "Al" Caine1 episode
1971Bill Cosby Show, TheThe Bill Cosby ShowMr. Maher1 episode
1971BewitchedCol. Bringham1 episode
1971McMillan & WifeGregory Constantine1 episode
1971Mission: ImpossibleFrank Mason1 episode
1972BanacekJoe Taddenhurst1 episode
1972Bold Ones: The New Doctors, TheThe Bold Ones: The New DoctorsHoward Feinstein1 episode
1972Temperatures RisingDr. Patterson1 episode
1973IronsideDavid Wollens1 episode
1973New Dick Van Dyke Show, TheThe New Dick Van Dyke ShowGeorge Benson1 episode
1973Partridge Family, TheThe Partridge FamilyDarby Willis1 episode
1974HawkinsLt. Horowitz1 episode
1975Happy DaysBurglar1 episode
1975Barney MillerAlan Schuster1 episode
1975Medical CenterBrannigan1 episode
1976Jigsaw JohnLieutenant Hill1 episode
1976Big John Little JohnBig John Martin13 episodes
1977Blansky's BeautiesSindu1 episode
1978CHiPsSanders1 episode
1978Chico and the ManDoctor1 episode
1978Charlie's AngelsJoey January1 episode
1980-81Ladies Man (1980 TV series) (as Herbert Edelman)Reggie
1981–82Strike ForceCommissioner Herb Klein19 episodes
1982–83Nine to FiveHarry Nussbaum7 episodes
1984Trapper John, M.D.Dr. Haller1 episode
1984-88St. ElsewhereRichard Clarendon17 episodes
1984–95Murder, She WroteLieutenant Artie Gelber, and others10 episodes
1985Fall Guy, TheThe Fall GuyVargas1 episode
1985Paper Chase, TheThe Paper ChaseDr. Arnie Samuels1 episode
1985Highway to HeavenDr. Cohn1 episode
1985Hardcastle and McCormickHarry Baxter1 episode
1985–92Golden Girls, TheThe Golden GirlsStan Zbornak26 episodes
1987MatlockArthur Rydell1 episode
1988Beauty and the BeastHarold Levinson1 episode
1989Famous Teddy Z, TheThe Famous Teddy ZLassister Fogel1 episode
1989Out of This WorldStanley Mansfield1 episode
1989–90thirtysomethingMurray Steadman2 episodes
1990Bradys, TheThe BradysGene Dickinson2 episodes
1990Knots LandingSergeant Levine3 episodes
1992Batman: The Animated SeriesStern2 episodes
1993Golden Palace, TheThe Golden PalaceStanley Zbornak1 episode
1994Mommies, TheThe MommiesTherapist1 episode

Award nominations[edit]

YearAwardResultCategoryFilm or series
1987Emmy AwardNominatedOutstanding Guest Performer in a Comedy SeriesThe Golden Girls
(For episode: "The Stan Who Came To Dinner")
1988The Golden Girls
(For episode: "The Audit")


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