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Overview (3)

Born in Detroit, Michigan, USA
Birth NameMaxwell Trowbridge Gail
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Max Gail was born on April 5, 1943 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Maxwell Trowbridge Gail. He is an actor and director, known for 42 (2013), Barney Miller (1975) and General Hospital (1963). He has been married to Nan Harris since 1989. They have two children. He was previously married to Willie Beir.

Spouse (2)

Nan Harris (1989 - present) ( separated) ( 2 children)
Willie Beir (12 February 1983 - 23 April 1986) ( her death) ( 1 child)

Trivia (9)

Gail runs his own production company, Full Circle, which has done documentaries on such things as Agent Orange, Native Americans, and nuclear issues.
After his first wife's death from cancer in 1986, Gail stayed home to raise his daughter, India (b. 1984). With his second wife, Nan, they have two children - Max (b. 1990) and Grace (b. 1993). They also raised Nan's nephew, Delondon (b. 1979).
Gail holds a B.A. in Economics and a Masters in International Finance.
Before becoming an established actor, he taught school, played piano in bars, and was construction worker and a waiter.
Gail credits the collaborative environment of the police station comedy, "Barney Miller" which ran from 1975 to 1982, with stimulating some of the series' innovations: it was one of the first contemporary comedies to shoot with the director on the floor rather than in the control room, to eliminate the studio audience and to edit rather than relying on live switching.
Gail's appearance on the 20 March 2018 episode of General Hospital (1963) (Episode #1.14041) as Mike Corbin marked his 18th appearance in the television series. This is the most appearances that he has made on a single series since his 17 appearances on Whiz Kids (1983) as Llewellen Farley (1983-1984). The most appearances he has made in a single series during his career to date was 170 appearances as Detective Sergeant Stanley Wojciehowicz on Barney Miller (1975) (from 1975-82).
Gail's performance of the song "Summer Wind" on a 2018 Nurses' Ball episode of General Hospital (1963) (Episode #1.14085, 21 May 2018) was reminiscent of the 1966 Frank Sinatra release of the song, including Sinatra's signature wool fedora.
While remodeling his West Malibu home to include circular rooms, arches, and no straight lines, Gail lived in a teepee on the property.
Has a twin sister named Mary and two other sets of twin girls in his family.

Personal Quotes (7)

So I got into social and environmental justice possibilities. It started as local access places before we had computers in our pockets. I started LAP (LAP.org); it became about dialogue and getting people to work together - a dialogue is a conversation with a center instead of sides
When I sidestepped into acting in San Francisco, which was for me a great time of connecting to my innermost feelings, I was more of a science geek, an economics guy. But even as I was exploring Carl Jung and psychiatry, it was acting that opened my interior and sensibilities. I started writing songs. It wasn't like, "Oh, I'm going to write a song at this time," it was more like rhymes would come to me easily.
I learned how good the actors on soaps are, you know, to work at the speed they do, but also that a story can unfold over a period of time, and so that was a draw because, you know, it's touched my life in some ways.
[on why he built his Malibu Point home with circles, arches, and no straight lines] The circle is really the central metaphor of spirituality.
[on his return to television after the death of his first wife] When I came back, I did a show with Frank Zappa's two older kids, Moon and Dweezil. They were cool, I loved the Zappas, but the show itself, I mean the network was clueless as to what it was about these guys that made it an interesting show. They just thought that Dweezil was another Kirk Cameron and Moon was somehow along for the ride. And so I just, I just kinda dropped out of all that, and then got into Mosaic and those possibilities.
[on working on an extended Alzheimer's story arc on daytime television] It's been a great experience - and in this medium, you get to unfold day by day. When I look back at some of the prime time gigs I've had? Wow. This is nothing like doing two scenes as a guest star in an episodic about someone who has Alzheimer's. The day-to-day storytelling opens you up to a kind of freedom and some better work. That's the beauty of it."
[Reflecting on his experience on the television series Barney Miller (1975-1982)] It was a great experience and one that I found was not so easy to find again over the years.

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