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Hal Linden

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... See full bio »

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Barney Miller
Barney Miller Capt. Barney Miller
CBS Schoolbreak Special
CBS Schoolbreak Special Rabbi Markovitz
Out to Sea
Out to Sea Mac Valor
The Ray Bradbury Theater
The Ray Bradbury Theater Captain Black


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 2018 The Samuel Project
 2016 American Housewife (TV Series)
Mr. Montez
- Krampus Katie (2016) ... Mr. Montez
 2016 Royal Pains (TV Series)
Dr. Joseph Whitcomb
- Saab Story (2016) ... Dr. Joseph Whitcomb
 2016 Stevie D
Max Levine
 2014 2 Broke Girls (TV Series)
- And the New Lease on Life (2014) ... Lester
 2013 Supernatural (TV Series)
Rabbi Isaac Bass
- Everybody Hates Hitler (2013) ... Rabbi Isaac Bass
 2013 The Mindy Project (TV Series)
- Mindy's Brother (2013) ... Manny
 2012 Outside the Box (TV Series short)
Father Merrin
- The Exorcist (2012) ... Father Merrin
 2012 NTSF:SD:SUV (TV Series)
C.T. Dalton
- Prairie Dog Companion (2012) ... C.T. Dalton
 2010 In Security (TV Movie)
 2010 Hot in Cleveland (TV Series)
- Meet the Parents (2010) ... Alex
 2008 Light Years Away
Grandpa Sommers
 2008 A Kiss at Midnight (TV Movie)
Arthur Wright
 2006-2007 The Bold and the Beautiful (TV Series)
Jerry Kramer
- Episode #1.4971 (2007) ... Jerry Kramer
- Episode #1.4970 (2007) ... Jerry Kramer
- Episode #1.4969 (2007) ... Jerry Kramer
- Episode #1.4968 (2007) ... Jerry Kramer
- Episode #1.4963 (2006) ... Jerry Kramer
 2006 Living with Fran (TV Series)
- The Whole Clan with Fran (2006) ... Hal
 2005 Freezerburn
Roderick Carr the Cult Leader
 2005 The King of Queens (TV Series)
- Catching Hell (2005) ... Bernard
 2005 Huff (TV Series)
Judge Bork
- The Sample Closet (2005) ... Judge Bork
 2004 Will & Grace (TV Series)
- A Gay/December Romance (2004) ... Alan
 2003 Dumb Luck
Blaine Mitchell
 2003 Law & Order: Criminal Intent (TV Series)
Mr. Turner
- Suite Sorrow (2003) ... Mr. Turner
 2002 Time Changer
The Dean
 2002 The Glow (TV Movie)
Arnold Janusz
 2002 The Zeta Project (TV Series)
Dr. Selig
- The Hologram Man (2002) ... Dr. Selig (voice)
 2002 Gilmore Girls (TV Series)
- There's the Rub (2002) ... Chad
 1996-2001 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)
Dave Price / Sam Brown
- Angels Anonymous (2001) ... Dave Price
- Indigo Angel (1996) ... Sam Brown
 2000 Rude Awakening (TV Series)
Judge Howard Barrett
- Judging Billie (2000) ... Judge Howard Barrett
 1999 The Drew Carey Show (TV Series)
Mr. Van Zandt
- Brotherhood of Man (1999) ... Mr. Van Zandt
 1999 The Rockford Files: If It Bleeds... It Leads (TV Movie)
Ernie Landale
 1999 Jump
 1999 The Nanny (TV Series)
Maury Sherry
- California, Here We Come (1999) ... Maury Sherry
 1998 Killers in the House (TV Movie)
Arthur Pendleton
 1998 Biography (TV Series documentary)
- Confucius: Words of Wisdom (1998) ... Narrator
 1997 The Others
Principal Richard Meltzer
 1997 Out to Sea
Mac Valor
 1996 Just Friends
Mr. Barton
 1996 Nowhere Man (TV Series)
Senator Wallace
- Gemini (1996) ... Senator Wallace
 1995 The Colony (TV Movie)
Philip Denig
 1994-1995 The Boys Are Back (TV Series)
Fred Hansen
- Where There's a Will, There's a Melee (1995) ... Fred Hansen
- The French Class (1995) ... Fred Hansen
- Searching for Sarah Hansen (1995) ... Fred Hansen
- Bad Hair Day (1995) ... Fred Hansen
 1994 CBS Schoolbreak Special (TV Series)
Rabbi Markovitz
- The Writing on the Wall (1994) ... Rabbi Markovitz
 1994 American Experience (TV Series documentary)
 1992-1993 Jack's Place (TV Series)
Jack Evans
- True Love Ways (1993) ... Jack Evans
- Faithful Henry (1993) ... Jack Evans
- Something Wonderful This Way Comes (1993) ... Jack Evans
- The Hands of Time (1993) ... Jack Evans
- The Pipes Are Calling (1993) ... Jack Evans
 1991 The Golden Girls (TV Series)
- What a Difference a Date Makes (1991) ... John
 1990 The Ray Bradbury Theater (TV Series)
Captain Black
- Mars Is Heaven (1990) ... Captain Black
 1989 Dream Breakers (TV Movie)
Harry Palliser
 1988 A New Life
Mel Arons
 1986 Blacke's Magic (TV Series)
Alexander Blacke
- Wax Poetic (1986) ... Alexander Blacke
- It's a Jungle Out There (1986) ... Alexander Blacke
- A Friendly Game of Showdown (1986) ... Alexander Blacke
- Last Flight from Moscow (1986) ... Alexander Blacke
- Forced Landing (1986) ... Alexander Blacke
 1984 I Am Joe's Kidney (Short)
Joe's Kidney (voice)
 1984 Second Edition (TV Movie)
Cliff Penrose
 1983 The Other Woman (TV Movie)
Lou Chadway
 1983 Starflight: The Plane That Couldn't Land (TV Movie)
Josh Gilliam
 1983 I Do! I Do! (TV Movie)
He (Michael)
 1974-1982 Barney Miller (TV Series)
Capt. Barney Miller
- Landmark: Part 3 (1982) ... Capt. Barney Miller
- Landmark: Part 2 (1982) ... Capt. Barney Miller
- Landmark: Part 1 (1982) ... Capt. Barney Miller
- Bones (1982) ... Capt. Barney Miller
- Altercation (1982) ... Capt. Barney Miller
 1980 Father Figure (TV Movie)
 1980 Jishin rettô
Narrator (English version, voice)
 1979 When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder?
Richard Ethridge
 1977 Fish (TV Series)
Capt. Barney Miller
- Fish and Roots (1977) ... Capt. Barney Miller (uncredited)
 1976 How to Break Up a Happy Divorce (TV Movie)
Tony Bartlett
 1976 The Love Boat (TV Movie)
Andrew Canaan
 1973 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
Abel Norton
- The Confession (1973) ... Abel Norton
 1973 Mr. Inside/Mr. Outside (TV Movie)
Det. Lou Isaacs
 1972 Circle of Fear (TV Series)
David Wells
- Elegy for a Vampire (1972) ... David Wells
 1970 Hastings Corner (TV Movie)
District Attorney Corey Honker / Morey Honker
 1968 Destroy All Monsters
Akira Kubo (English version, voice, uncredited)
 1966 Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster
Akira Takarada (English version, voice, uncredited)
 1964 That Man from Rio (English version, voice, uncredited)
 1963 Car 54, Where Are You? (TV Series)
Assistant DA Clark
- Joan Crawford Didn't Say No (1963) ... Assistant DA Clark (uncredited)
 1960 Bells Are Ringing
Singer of 'The Midas Touch' (uncredited)
 1957 Producers' Showcase (TV Series)
 1951 Search for Tomorrow (TV Series)
Larry Carter (1969)
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Stage Play: The Education of H*Y*M*A*N K*A*P*L*A*N. Musical. Music by Paul Nassau and Oscar Brand. Lyrics by Oscar Brand and Paul Nassau. Book by Benjamin Bernard Zavin. Based on the stories by Leo Rosten. Musical Director: Julian Stein. Vocal arrangements by Julian Stein. Music orchestrated by Larry Wilcox. Dance arrangements by Lee ... See more »

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Hal & Fran


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[Who interpreted [Barney Miller (1975)] as a cult show, whilst playing in reruns, esp. in heavy syndication]: The guest actors were the stars, because the stories were about them. They weren't just passing through and fixing a television set. They were the stars, and they had the opportunity to really create characters with a beginning, a middle and an end. In a sense, it's the same thing with ... See more »


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. See more »


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