Judd Hirsch

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Judd Hirsch
Born(1935-03-15) March 15, 1935 (age 77)
The Bronx, New York, United States
Alma materCity College of New York
OccupationActor and writer[clarification needed]
Years activeSince 1971
Spouse(s) • Elissa (1956–58)
 • Bonni Sue Chalkin (1992–2005)
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Judd Hirsch
Born(1935-03-15) March 15, 1935 (age 77)
The Bronx, New York, United States
Alma materCity College of New York
OccupationActor and writer[clarification needed]
Years activeSince 1971
Spouse(s) • Elissa (1956–58)
 • Bonni Sue Chalkin (1992–2005)

Judd Hirsch (born March 15, 1935) is an American actor most known for playing Alex Rieger on the television comedy series Taxi, John Lacey on the NBC series Dear John, and Alan Eppes on the CBS series Numb3rs.


Early life and education

He was born in The Bronx borough of New York City, New York, the son of Sally (née Kitzis) and Joseph Sidney Hirsch, an electrician.[1] His father also was born in New York[2] where the family had lived since the mid-1800s; his mother, Sally, was born in Russia. Hirsch was raised Jewish.[citation needed]

He attended DeWitt Clinton High School, located in The Bronx, and later earned a college degree from the City College of New York in physics.[citation needed]


Hirsch's first major television appearance was in the mini-series The Law (1974).

For his performance in Taxi, in 1981 and again in 1983,[3] Judd Hirsch won the Emmy Award for Lead Actor In a Comedy Series. Hirsch went on to play the title character on the modestly successful sitcom Dear John and in 1989 won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Series in a Comedy or Musical for this role.[4] He later teamed with Bob Newhart in the short-lived comedy George and Leo. He had also previously starred for one season in the series Delvecchio, playing a police detective (1976–1977).

In film Hirsch received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the drama film Ordinary People (1980). Other films in the 1980s include the 1983 drama Without a Trace, the 1984 dramedies, Teachers and The Goodbye People, and the 1988 drama, Running on Empty, directed by Sidney Lumet and co-starring River Phoenix. In 1996 Hirsch portrayed the father of Jeff Goldblum's character in Independence Day, and in 2001 he appeared in the acclaimed A Beautiful Mind.

Hirsch co-starred on the CBS Television drama, NUMB3RS, as Alan Eppes, father of FBI agent, Don Eppes (Rob Morrow), and Professor Charlie Eppes (David Krumholtz). Hirsch and Krumholtz also played father and son in Conversations with My Father, a Herb Gardner play for which Hirsch won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play.[5] Krumholtz credits Hirsch with jump-starting his career after Hirsch chose him during the audition process for Conversations.[citation needed] Other noteworthy stage performances include The Hot l Baltimore, Talley's Folly, and his starring role in I'm Not Rappaport, in which Hirsch also won a Tony Award in 1986.

More recently, Hirsch guest-starred on episodes of Warehouse 13, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Law & Order: SVU and The Whole Truth (which saw him reunite with Numb3rs co-star Rob Morrow), among others, and lent his voice to the animated programs Tom Goes to the Mayor and American Dad! In 1999, he reprised his role from Taxi for a brief moment in Man on the Moon, the biopic of his co-star from Taxi, Andy Kaufman (portrayed by Jim Carrey).

Filmography and television work

1964Jumpalso known as Fury on Wheels
1971Jumpalso known as Fury on Wheels
1974Law, TheThe LawMurray StoneTelevision
1975Law, TheThe LawMurray StoneMiniseries
1975Fear on TrialSaulTelevision
1975Medical StoryDr. Joe DempseyTelevision; 1 episode
1975The Legend of ValentinoJack AuerbachTelevision
1976Keegans, TheThe KeegansLieutenant Marco CiardiTelevision
1976VisionsJoe MorrisTelevision; 1 episode
1977RhodaMikeTelevision; 2 episodes
1976–77DelvecchioSergeant Dominick DelvecchioTelevision; 22 episodes
1978King of the GypsiesGroffo
1979Sooner or LaterBob WaltersTelevision
1979Halloween That Almost Wasn't, TheThe Halloween That Almost Wasn'tCount DraculaTelevision; also known as The Night Dracula Saved the World
1980Marriage Is Alive and WellHerb RollieTelevision
1980Last Resort, TheThe Last ResortTelevision; 1 episode
1980Ordinary PeopleDr. Tyrone C. BergerNominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
1981Robert Klein Show, TheThe Robert Klein ShowTelevision
1983Lights: The Miracle of ChanukahTelevision
1983Without a TraceAl Menetti
1978–83TaxiAlex RiegerTelevision; 114 episodes
1984Goodbye People, TheThe Goodbye PeopleArthur Korman
1984TeachersRoger Rubell
1985Detective in the HousePress WymanTelevision
1985First StepsDr. Jerrold PetrofskyTelevision
1985Brotherly LoveBen Ryder/Harry BrandTelevision
1988Running on EmptyArthur Pope/Paul Manfield
1988Great Escape II: The Untold Story, TheThe Great Escape II: The Untold StoryCapt. David MatthewsTelevision
1990She Said NoMartin KnapekTelevision
1991American Experience, TheThe American ExperienceTelevision; voice role; 1 episode
1988–92Dear JohnJohn LaceyTelevision; 74 episodes
1994Betrayal of TrustDr. Jules MassermanTelevision
1996Independence DayJulius Levinson
1996Caroline in the CityBen KarinskyTelevision; 1 episode
1996The 1964 World's Fairnarrator[6]Television & DVD
1997Color of JusticeSam LindTelevision
1997George & LeoLeo WagonmanTelevision; 3 episodes
1999Rocky MarcianoAl WeillTelevision
1999Out of the ColdLeon Axelrod
1999Man on the MoonAlex Reiger (Taxi Recreation Scenes)uncredited
2000Welcome to New YorkDr. BobTelevision; 1 episode
2001Family LawDaniel BonnerTelevision; 1 episode
2001A Beautiful MindHelinger
2002PhillyRabbi Nathan WexlerTelevision; 1 episode
2003Law & Order: Special Victims UnitDr. Judah PlatnerTelevision; 1 episode
2003Regular JoeBaxter BinderTelevision; 5 episodes
2003Street TimeShimi GoldmanTelevision; 1 episode
2003Law & Order: Criminal IntentBen ElkinsTelevision; 1 episode
2003Who Killed the Federal TheatreNarratorTelevision
2004Zeyda and the HitmanGideon Schub
2006Brother's ShadowLeo Groden
2006Tom Goes to the MayorPrisonerTelevision; voice role; 1 episode
2006Studio 60 on the Sunset StripWes MendellTelevision; 1 episode
2009American Dad!RabbiTelevision; voice role; 2 episodes
2005–10Numb3rsAlan EppesTelevision; 108 episodes
2010Warehouse 13Isadore WeisfeltTelevision; 1 episode
2011Tower HeistMr. Simon
2011-12DamagesBill Herndon
2011The Muppets
2011This Must Be the PlaceMordecai Midler

Personal life

Hirsch was married to his first wife from 1956 to 1958. He married Bonni Sue Chalkin in 1992 and divorced her in 2003. Hirsch has three children: Alexander, born 1966, Montana Eve born 1994 and London, his youngest son.

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