Max Gail

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Max Gail
Max Gail 1975.jpg
Gail in 1975.
BornMaxwell Trowbridge Gail, Jr.
(1943-04-05) April 5, 1943 (age 71)
Detroit, Michigan, US
OccupationActor
Years active1970s-present
Spouse(s)Nan Harris (1989-present)
Willie Beir (1983-1986 [her death])
 
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Max Gail
Max Gail 1975.jpg
Gail in 1975.
BornMaxwell Trowbridge Gail, Jr.
(1943-04-05) April 5, 1943 (age 71)
Detroit, Michigan, US
OccupationActor
Years active1970s-present
Spouse(s)Nan Harris (1989-present)
Willie Beir (1983-1986 [her death])

Maxwell Trowbridge "Max" Gail, Jr.[1] (born April 5, 1943) is an American actor who has starred in stage, television, and film roles. He most notably portrayed the role of Detective Stan "Wojo" Wojciehowicz on the television sitcom Barney Miller.

Life and career[edit]

Gail was born in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Mary Elizabeth (Scanlon) and Maxwell Trowbridge Gail, a businessman,[1] and he was raised in Grosse Ile, Michigan. He attended Williams College, and was later an instructor for the University Liggett School before becoming an actor. His acting debut came in 1970 for The Little Fox Theatre in San Francisco, California, playing Chief Bromden in the original stage production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. In 1973, he reprised this role in his New York stage debut.

He is best known for his television role as Det. Stan "Wojo" Wojciehowicz in the sitcom Barney Miller (1975-1982). Gail's best known feature film role is in D.C. Cab (1983) as Harold, the owner of the D.C. Cab taxi company.

In 1984, Gail was featured in the monodrama "The Babe" on Broadway. This stage play was filmed and later featured on PBS.

Gail has starred in other TV series including Whiz Kids (1983) as "Llewellan Farley, Jr.", an investigative reporter who is friends with a group of teenage computer hackers. He worked on the short-lived Normal Life (1990). He has appeared on the TV series Sons & Daughters (2006).

Gail has made many guest appearances on TV shows such as Cannon, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, Due South, The Streets of San Francisco, Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers, The Drew Carey Show, Quantum Leap, Psych, Gary Unmarried and NCIS (Episode "Murder 2.0").[2]

Gail appeared as Brooklyn Dodgers manager Burt Shotton in the 2013 film 42, a film about Jackie Robinson's first 2 years as a member of the Dodgers organization, including his first year of playing at the Major League level in 1947

Gail runs Full Circle, a production company which has featured documentaries on such subjects as Agent Orange, Native Americans, and nuclear issues.

Gail's first wife, Willie Bier, died of cancer in 1986; they have a daughter, India. He and his second wife, Nan, have two children, Maxwell and Grace. Gail has a twin sister, actress Mary Gail.

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