Judd Hirsch
actor and writer
Judd Hirsch
Judd Hirsch 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.
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‘Forever’ Canceled: ABC Cancels ‘Forever,’ ‘The Taste’ In Bold Move
The Inquisitor - almost 2 years
Forever, canceled by ABC late Thursday, May 7, is just one of the shows getting the ax. ABC canceled Forever, The Taste, Cristela, and Resurrection in a move that seemed to clear the decks for the network. As reported by EW.com, “the moves come amid a frantic series of verdicts on new and returning shows made by the network.” Though the ratings of these shows might be good for other networks, they just weren’t the level of viewers that ABC was looking to draw. EW.com reported the average number of viewers for each of the three dramas. “The three scripted titles were modestly rated by ABC standards, with Forever delivering about 7.9 million viewers including DVR playback, Cristela bringing in 6.1 million, and Resurrection earning 6.9 million.” It might seem a bit surprising to fans of Forever, that the show was bringing in about eight million viewers a week and still got canceled by ABC. It becomes a bit more explanatory when taking a look at what ABC has ordered for the 2015-16 ...
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In 'Forever' and beyond, Judd Hirsch has a taste for history
LATimes - almost 2 years
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Judd Hirsch Turbine Opposed By New York Neighbrors
Popeater - over 3 years
DENNING, N.Y. (AP) — Some residents of a town in New York's Catskill Mountains are trying to stop actor Judd Hirsch from building a 177-foot wind turbine on his property. Dozens of Hirsch's neighbors in the town of Denning have signed a petition opposing the "Taxi" star's plan for a turbine on his 96-acre property. Richard Benktwitt lives in a log house about a mile from Hirsch. He tells The New York Times (http://nyti.ms/1jbr2Lt ) that the turbine "would ruin the beauty of the location." The 78-year-old Hirsch tells the Times that his neighbors' fears are "baloney." He says the wind turbine's generator will cut his electricity bill to zero. Another neighbor, Barry Schaefer, says he is in favor of alternative energy but he worries that the turbine will be noisy. ___ Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com
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Popeater article
Remembering River Phoenix On The 20th Anniversary Of His Death
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Today (Oct. 31) we remember one of Hollywood's most promising talents, River Phoenix. The young star died from a drug-related heart failure outside the Viper Room 20 years ago. Phoenix rose to fame after 1986's "Stand By Me" and earned an Academy Award two years later for his role in "Running On Empty." He appeared in over 20 films and television projects throughout his career, though he said his first love was music. The actor remains a legend for his expressive range and continues to resonate with audiences. Below, we pay tribute to the star with a look back at 10 of his most memorable moments -- onscreen and off. 1. Jerry O'Connell, River Phoenix, Wil Wheaton, and Corey Feldman in a scene from the 1986 film "Stand By Me." 2. A special family photo of River with his younger brother Joaquin and mother Arlyn Phoenix walking in New York City. 3. Phoenix formed the band, Aleka's Attic, in 1987. Here, he's shown inside the recording studio (published in 1994). 4. The actor play ...
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Review: Time has overtaken 'The Sunshine Boys'
LATimes - over 3 years
'The Sunshine Boys,' with former 'Taxi' stars Danny DeVito and Judd Hirsch at the Ahmanson Theatre, feels dated and a step slow. The knock against Neil Simon in the early days was that he cared more about his punch lines than his characters. "The Sunshine Boys," his 1972 play about the rocky reunion of a pair of elderly vaudeville comics, attempts to turn this playwriting vice into a virtue.
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Sunshine Boys Danny DeVito and Judd Hirsch crack wise
LATimes - over 3 years
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Peggy Nolan: What a Scene From Ferris Bueller Can Teach You About Yourself and Your Husband's Ex-Wife
Huffington Post - over 3 years
I admit it. I mindlessly surfed TV channels Sunday morning when I happened to catch the almost beginning of Ferris Bueller's Day Off. It's like the Breakfast Club and Mad Max. If either of these movies are on, my butt grows deep roots into my couch. I decided that watching Ferris ditch school was a good enough reason to grow roots. I wasn't expecting lightning bolts of great revelation. I wasn't expecting anything resembling an epiphany or even an a-ha moment. But then it happened. There's that scene where Ferris' sister Jeannie, played by Jennifer Grey, is at the police station for making what the police thought was a crank call. And who is she sitting on the opposite end of the couch from? (A couch in a police station? Really?) There's Charlie Sheen looking all Judd Hirsch in his pleather grunge look. "You in for drugs?" Sheen's character asks Jeannie couldn't be bothered. She's irritated up to her eye balls. (Ever feel that way?) I don't remember the exact dialo ...
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Judd Hirsch and Danny DeVito will reunite for 'Sunshine Boys'
LATimes - over 3 years
Judd Hirsch will fill the shoes of the late Richard Griffiths in the revival of Neil Simon's "The Sunshine Boys" coming to the Ahmanson Theatre in September.  
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Regina Weinreich: Tom Hanks' Mustache in Lucky Guy
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Tom Hanks sporting '80s-ish facial hair was explaining the difference between his naturally grown mustache and that of the character he portrays in his Broadway debut Lucky Guy, the play by the late Nora Ephron based on the life of Mike McAlary. His went out in tough bristles, Hanks gesticulated madly bringing his hands under his nose where a tight, well clipped fringe sat by contrast. A gaggle of interviewers laughed. The mood at the Broadhurst Theater and at Gotham Hall for Lucky Guy's opening night on Monday was bittersweet exuberance: with the tearful final moment of the play, when Hanks, as McAlary after a near-death accident and sick with the cancer that killed him, delivers a weighty speech and a portrait of Nora Ephron hangs over the stage. Hanks was not the only one crying. Lucky Guy is not just the story of Mike McAlary. Rather, evoking the boisterous bars and back-biting newsrooms habituated by the tabloid press of the time, including foul mouths, smoking, and ...
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Danny DeVito: 'No one is going to forget the 5ft guy'
Guardian (UK) - almost 4 years
From Taxi to Twins, Danny DeVito is one of Hollywood's most recognisable figures. He talks about family, hairdressing and arguing over politics with Schwarzenegger Holy moly, it's Danny DeVito! One of the most ubiquitous actors of the 1980s and 90s, and certainly the most physically distinctive, is standing in a blandly corporate hotel room in Whitehall, of all random places a stone's throw away from No 10 Downing Street. "Hey, I'm Danny, nice to meetcha, thanks for coming," he says in a New Jersey accent that makes him sound a little like a comedy sidekick from The Sopranos. Few actors have ever looked like they're having as much fun as DeVito. From playing Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner's whirling dervish of an evil nemesis in Romancing the Stone, to sniping at Arnold Schwarzenegger in Twins, to waddling through his lair as the demonic Penguin in Batman Returns, DeVito has been chewing up the screen for as long as I can remember, hamming it up with the delight of a man who s ...
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Jill Robinson: About Freud's Last Session
Huffington Post - about 4 years
This really is about this riveting play. (I'll get there) But this is also about NOT writing. And my father. Dr. Freud would see the connections. When writers I love cannot write, I say "write what you cannot bear to tell anyone." I've kind of forgotten that lately. I've been revising a book I've worked on for fifteen years. Sent it off. And I've completed another book I love. Sent it off -- once more, then twice, and again. I cannot bear to say how abandoned I feel without these works growing within me. My father was a writer. He always told me when I could not write, "Sit down and bring me three pages with something you don't want to tell me." When my father, Dore Schary, was very young, he was a playwright in New York. And when my brother and sister and I were kids, he told us stories about the years during the Depression when he and his friend, the playwright Moss Hart, spent time at WPA camps. These camps provided for city kids whose parents were struggling ...
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Jason Mannino: Theater Review: Freud's Last Session at Broad Stage
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Mark St. Germain's play, Freud's Last Session. is receiving its West Coast premiere at Broad Stage in Santa Monica with the original New York director Tyler Marchant at the helm. It's 1939. Hitler is rising in power. England is on the brink of declaring war on Germany. Against this backdrop we witness the impending war of ideologies in an imaginary meeting between the father of psychoanalysis and committed atheist Sigmund Freud (Judd Hirsch) and the devout Anglican and future famous author C.S. Lewis (Tom Cavanaugh). In the incessant battle between science and religion, Freud takes on the role of science while Lewis is steadfast in his conversion from atheist to Christian devotee. Germain's play balances intellectual depth with humor and compassion. The big questions get asked. Does God exist? If he does why does man suffer in war and disease? Are human beings inherently bisexual? Are our adult lives and relationships really just a rehashing of original, primary rela ...
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Freud's Last Session
Huffington Post - about 4 years
NEW YORK -- When the play "Freud's Last Session" opened in a Manhattan YMCA in 2010 it became an unlikely hit, but few could have predicted just how widely seen the session would become. This fictional conversation between C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud has since been seen in Atlanta, Seattle, Philadelphia and Chicago – as well as Argentina and Sweden, among other places. It goes next to Santa Monica, Calif., with its most famous stars yet: Judd Hirsch and Tom Cavanagh, who say they were lured by a moving and provocative piece. "My hat's off to the playwright," says Hirsch, 77, probably best known for TV roles in "Taxi" and "Numb3rs." "It could have been a really dull play." "It might still be with us in it," replies Cavanagh. Hirsch thinks about that. "We could prove it," he finally agrees, smiling. Mark St. Germain's play is set in 1939 with Europe on the brink of World War II. Lewis, a youthful Oxford professor and an atheist-turned-Christian, stop ...
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Chris Harnick: 'The Good Wife' Recap: Will Someone Check On Cary!?
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Note: Do not read on if you have not yet seen Season 4, Episode 8 of CBS' "The Good Wife," titled "Here Comes the Judge." It's official: We're in filler episode territory of "The Good Wife." While "Here Comes the Judge" had some interesting elements, it felt overwhelmingly "meh." The episode started with a text conversation between Grace (insert your groan here -- I did) and her friend about the death of one of their classmates, also named Grace. "Someone says ur dead." Dead Grace killed herself, had supposedly been cutting and had just gone through a breakup. Alive Grace decides to take it upon herself to save Dead Grace's ex-boyfriend Connor. They spent a lot of time sitting in bushes, talking about God, sex and getting photographed by a rival campaign. Zach has been secretly helping Peter's campaign and will probably continue to do so, giving him something to do, I guess. Side note: Luke Kleintank, the actor who portrays Connor, is 22. And looks it. Moving on ... ...
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Film Shorts
The Portland Mercury - over 4 years
In which we hit it and quit it. All-You-Can-Eat Pink 'n' Porn for $1.99!!! Two bucks, two movies: 1966's Love Robots—a Japanese flick described as "a campy, erotic version of Alphaville"—and 1979's Ms. Magnificent, a porno that was originally titled Superwoman—until DC Comics found out, at which point the filmmakers used permanent marker to scribble out the "S" shield on Ms. Magnificent's "robust bust," then released it anyway. Behold! Cinema. Cinema 21. Big Easy Express In April 2011, the bands Mumford and Sons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and Old Crow Medicine Show traveled from Oakland to New Orleans by passenger train, and Big Easy Express documents the brief tour. Trouble is, these are some of the most boring bands on the planet, a point hammered home by watching them play "This Train Is Bound for Glory" a gajillion times. One of the musicians actually says to the camera, "It's like we left our baggage at home and ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Judd Hirsch
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 80
    In 2016 Hirsch appeared on the CBS comedy series The Big Bang Theory portraying Leonard's (Johnny Galecki) father.
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  • 2014
    Age 78
    From 2014 to 2015, he appeared as a series regular on the ABC television series Forever.
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  • 1999
    Age 63
    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).
    More Details Hide Details Judd has also appeared several times on the television show Maron as comedian Marc Maron's father.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1992
    Age 56
    He was married to his second wife, fashion designer Bonni Sue Chalkin, from 1992 to 2005.
    More Details Hide Details Hirsch has three children. Son Alexander was born in 1966 with Elisa. From his second marriage, Hirsch has a daughter Montana and son London.
  • 1986
    Age 50
    Other noteworthy stage performances include The Hot l Baltimore, Talley's Folly, and his starring role in I'm Not Rappaport, for which Hirsch also won a Tony Award in 1986.
    More Details Hide Details 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!
  • FORTIES
  • 1983
    Age 47
    His other 1980s films 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.
    More Details Hide Details In 1996 Hirsch portrayed the father of Jeff Goldblum's character in the blockbuster Independence Day, and in 2001 he played a professor in the acclaimed A Beautiful Mind. Hirsch co-starred on the CBS Television drama, NUMB3RS (2005-2010), as Alan Eppes, father of FBI agent, Don Eppes (Rob Morrow), and Professor Charlie Eppes (David Krumholtz). When Krumholtz was 13, he played son to Hirsch's father role 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.
  • 1981
    Age 45
    For his performance in the series, in 1981 and again in 1983, Judd Hirsch won the Emmy Award for Lead Actor In a Comedy Series.
    More Details Hide Details 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 film, Hirsch received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the drama film Ordinary People (1980).
  • 1978
    Age 42
    After appearing frequently on television in the 1970s, Hirsch gained stardom for his lead role of Alex Rieger in the popular sitcom Taxi, which ran from 1978 to 1983.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1952
    Age 16
    He grew up in both Brooklyn and the Bronx, but graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School, located in The Bronx, in 1952, and later earned a degree in physics from City College of New York.
    More Details Hide Details After graduating from college, Hirsch served a tour in the United States Army. Hirsch worked as an engineer for Westinghouse before he found work in the theater. Over the last several decades, Hirsch has distinguished himself in film, television, and theatre. The Los Angeles Times noted that Hirsch is "one of the very few actors who slips effortlessly from TV series to Broadway to feature films and back again, racking up awards and favorable reviews wherever he performs."
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1935
    Born
    Born on March 15, 1935.
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