Mar. 15th, 1935
The Bronx, New York, USA
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Judd Hirsch (born March 15, 1935) is an American actor most known for playing the characters Alex Rieger on the television comedy series Taxi and Alan Eppes on the CBS series Numb3rs.
Hirsch was born in the Bronx, New York, the son of Sally (née Kitzis) and Joseph Sidney Hirsch, an electrician Hirsch was raised Jewish and his father was an immigrant from Russia. Hirsch attended De Witt Clinton High School and later earned a college degree from the City College of New York in physics.
His first major television appearance was in a mini series titled, The Law, which springboarded Judd's career in 1974. For his performance in Taxi, in 1981 and again in 1983, 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. 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 motion pictures, Hirsch received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in 1980s Ordinary People. 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. Krumholtz credits Hirsch with jump-starting his career after Hirsch chose him during the audition process for Conversations. Other noteworthy stage performances include The Hot l Baltimore, Talley's Folley, and his starring role in I'm Not Rappaport, in which Hirsch also won a Tony Award in 1986.
More recently, Hirsch has guest-starred on episodes of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and Law & Order: SVU, 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.
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 in the 90's) and London, his youngest son.
- Won two Tony Awards as Best Actor (Play): in 1986 for "I'm Not Rappaport" and in 1992 for "Conversations With My Father," both written by 'Herb Gardner' (qv). He was also nominated in the same category in 1980 for 'Lanford Wilson' (qv)'s "Talley's Folly."
- Has a college degree in physics
- Has a son named Alex Hirsch
- Born at 7:20am-EST
- Daughter, with Bonnie, born in 1994.
- Attended DeWitt Clinton High School located in New York.