Hal Linden

Hal Linden

Age
83
Birthday
Mar. 20th, 1931
Born in
New York City, New York, USA
Height
6'

Hal Linden's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Barney Miller TV Show
Barney Miller
The Mary Tyler Moore Hour TV Show
The Mary Tyler Moore Hour
Blacke's Magic TV Show
Blacke's Magic
Jack's Place TV Show
Jack's Place
The Boys are Back TV Show
The Boys are Back
 

Main Movie Roles

2002 - Time Changer
1997 - Out to Sea
1964 - That Man from Rio
1960 - Bells Are Ringing

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Dave Price
2
Captain Black
1
Rabbi Markovitz
1
Senator Wallace
1
David Wells
1
Rabbi Isaac Bass
1
Alan
1
Judge Howard Barrett
1
[Complete List]



BIOGRAPHY:

Born in 1931, Bronx-born Hal Linden was the son of Charles Lipshitz and Frances Rosen and had an older brother who would become a future professor of music at Bowling Green State University, Ohio. Similarly musical, Hal took up classical clarinet in his late teens and played regularly with symphony orchestras. After graduating from the High School of Music and Art in Manhattan, he studied music at Queens College, moving later to City College to pursue business. Hal also played in dance bands and was asked to join Sammy Kaye on tour before being drafted into the Army, where he sang and provided entertainment for the troops. This sparked an interest in acting, and, upon receiving his discharge, he enrolled at New York's American Theatre Wing where he trained in voice and drama. In 1955, Hal met Frances Martin, a dancer. They married three years later, and she gave up her career to raise a family.

Hal's first Broadway show was in "Bells Are Ringing" where he understudied lead Sydney Chaplin. During the 1960s, Hal accumulated more musical credits in "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever," "Subways Are for Sleeping," "The Apple Tree" and "The Pajama Game." He won the 1971 Tony award for his role in "The Rothschilds." This particular stage success led to a TV career that culminated in the title role on the popular "Barney Miller" (1975) sitcom. Emmy-nominated every year the program aired, Hal became a household name. Since that time, he has appeared in other lesser TV series including "Blacke's Magic" (1986), and "Jack's Place" (1992). He has held a secondary presence in such films as A New Life (1988) and Out to Sea (1997).

More musical leads such as "I Do! I Do!" and "The Pajama Game" came his way, along with dramatic pursuits in "I'm Not Rappaport" and "The Sisters Rosenzweig." Hal has also undertaken musical tours in his continuing role as clarinetist. He and wife Frances are avid golfers during their spare time.


TRIVIA:
  • Although he was nominated for several Emmys for his great work on _"Barney Miller" (1975)_ (qv), the Emmys he won were for hosting a series of daytime informational spots called "FYI".
  • Best remembered by the public for his starring role on _"Barney Miller" (1975)_ (qv).
  • In 1984, he carried the Olympic Torch and ran a portion of the Los Angeles segment.
  • Won Broadway's 1971 Tony Award as Best Actor (Musical) for "The Rothschilds."
  • Even though he was trained as a clarinet player, he often played saxophone in live jazz bands to earn a living as a young man.
  • Met his wife when she was a dancer and she got him a reading for the understudy of Jeffery Moss in the musical "Bells Are Ringing" on Broadyway. 'Judy Holliday' (qv), the show's (and movie's) star, was at their wedding.
  • Played clarinet with the New York American Symphony at the age of fifteen.
  • He was offered and turned down the lead role in _"St. Elsewhere" (1982)_ (qv).


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