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Also Known As: Harold Lipshitz Died:
Born: March 20, 1931 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Bronx, New York, USA Profession: actor, musician, singer

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A former jazz musician and a Tony winner, Hal Linden was perhaps best known as Captain Barney Miller, the world-weary head of New York's 12th Precinct on "Barney Miller" (ABC, 1975-1982). A talented musician-singer, Linden spent nearly a decade performing with such noted big band leaders as Sammy Kaye before channeling his energies toward acting. He found success on Broadway, beginning with a 1958 turn in "Bells Are Ringing" and punctuated by a Tony win for his performance in "The Rothschilds" in 1971. Having dabbled in the medium of television since the mid-1960s, the actor achieved mainstream fame when he was cast as "Barney Miller" three years later. Linden's nuanced performance, which echoed the show's balance of broad comedy and sincere human drama, earned him both critical acclaim and viewer loyalty. After the hugely popular series ended its seven-year run, Linden kept busy with continued hosting duties on the educational wildlife show "Animals, Animals, Animals" (ABC, 1975-1981), further successful runs on Broadway, and the occasional big screen appearance in such feature films as "Out to Sea" (1993), starring Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon. Employing a combination of sophisticated charm and...

A former jazz musician and a Tony winner, Hal Linden was perhaps best known as Captain Barney Miller, the world-weary head of New York's 12th Precinct on "Barney Miller" (ABC, 1975-1982). A talented musician-singer, Linden spent nearly a decade performing with such noted big band leaders as Sammy Kaye before channeling his energies toward acting. He found success on Broadway, beginning with a 1958 turn in "Bells Are Ringing" and punctuated by a Tony win for his performance in "The Rothschilds" in 1971. Having dabbled in the medium of television since the mid-1960s, the actor achieved mainstream fame when he was cast as "Barney Miller" three years later. Linden's nuanced performance, which echoed the show's balance of broad comedy and sincere human drama, earned him both critical acclaim and viewer loyalty. After the hugely popular series ended its seven-year run, Linden kept busy with continued hosting duties on the educational wildlife show "Animals, Animals, Animals" (ABC, 1975-1981), further successful runs on Broadway, and the occasional big screen appearance in such feature films as "Out to Sea" (1993), starring Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon. Employing a combination of sophisticated charm and everyman appeal, Linden enjoyed a prolific and diverse career on stage, TV and film, well into his octogenarian years.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Glow, The (2002) Arnold
2.
 Time Changer (2002) Dean Of Grace Bible Seminary
4.
 Killers in the House (1998) Arthur Pendleton
5.
 Out to Sea (1997) Mac
6.
 Just Friends (1995) Mr Barton
7.
 Colony, The (1995) Philip Denig
8.
 Dream Breakers (1989) Harry Palliser
9.
 New Life, A (1988) Mel Arons
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Began show business career as a musician
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Toured as a singer with bands headed by Sammy Kaye, Bobby Sherwood, and Boyd Raeburn
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Performed in army revues as a member of the US Army Band
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Enrolled as a student at American Theatre Wing in NYC
1955:
Made stage debut in a production of "Wonderful Town", the musical version of "My Sister Eileen", staged at the Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis, MA
1958:
Signed as understudy to Sydney Chaplin in "Bells are Ringing", which began its run at the end of 1956
1958:
Signed to replace Chaplin five days later, starring opposite Judy Holliday on Broadway
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Continued with the national touring company of "Bells are Ringing"
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Appeared in 17 subsequent stage productions including "Subways Are for Sleeping" (1960), "Ilya Darling" (1967), "The Education of Hyman Kaplan" (1968) and "The Rothschilds" (1971)
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Appeared as a recurring character on the long-running TV soap, "Search for Tomorrow"
1970:
Portrayed twins on "The Shameful Secrets of Hastings Corners", a busted NBC-TV pilot for a soap opera spoof
1973:
Co-starred in another failed pilot, "Mr. Inside/Mr. Outside", a police drama
1975:
Starred in the title role of "Barney Miller", a hugely successful ABC-TV sitcom set at a police precinct
1979:
First film in a leading role, "When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder?"
1985:
Portrayed Hollywood mogul Jack Warner in "My Wicked, Wicked Ways... The Legend of Errol Flynn", a CBS-TV biopic
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Starred as Alexander Blacke in "Blacke's Magic", a light-hearted NBC-TV mystery series
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Returned to Broadway as a replacement star of the long-running comedy-drama, "I'm Not Rappaport"; acted in the play for 44 weeks
1988:
Returned to features when he played a leading role opposite Alan Alda and Ann-Margret in the Alda-directed film, "A New Life"
1992:
Starred in "Jack's Place", an ABC-TV summer tryout series
1993:
"Jack's Place" given a brief run during regular season
1994:
Starred opposite Suzanne Pleshette on the CBS sitcom, "The Boys Are Back"
1995:
Return to the musical stage to star in pre-Broadway tryout of "Dodsworth" in Fort Worth, Texas
1998:
Succeeded Eli Wallach in the Off-Broadway production of "Visiting Mr. Green"
1999:
Assumed role of Billy Flynn in the Las Vegas production of the hit stage musical "Chicago"
2000:
Acted in "The Play's the Thing" in North Hollywood alongside daughter Nora
2001:
Returned to Broadway in the play "The Gathering"
2002:
Made NYC cabaret debut
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Education

High School of Music and Art: New York , New York - 1948
City College of New York: New York , New York - 1952
American Theatre Wing: New York , New York - 1954 - 1955

Notes

Linden was nominated for the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for each season of "Barney Miller" but never won.

In addition to singing, Linden also plays the saxophone and the clarinet sometimes as part of a nightclub act.

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wife:
Frances Linden. Chorus girl. Married on April 13, 1958.

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father:
Charles Lipshitz.
mother:
Frances Lipshitz.
daughter:
Amelia Christine Linden. Hal and Frances Linden's four children were born between 1960 and 1967.
daughter:
Jennifer Dru Linden.
daughter:
Nora Kathryn Linden. Actor.
son:
Ian Martin Linden.
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