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Also Known As: Hal Gould, Harold V Goldstein Died: September 12, 2010
Born: December 10, 1923 Cause of Death: Prostate cancer
Birth Place: Schenectady, New York, USA Profession: actor, acting teacher

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A highly admired character actor who become forever identified as Martin Morgenstern, father of TV's "Rhoda" (Valerie Harper), the silver-haired, distinguished Harry Gould enjoyed a long and varied career. He actually played a range of roles far beyond sitcoms, including leading man to Katharine Hepburn in "Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry" (CBS, 1986) and a wonderfully manipulative Louis B. Mayer in "Moviola" (NBC, 1980), proving his versatility well into his eighties as he continued to be employed as a dependable presence in any film or television production

A highly admired character actor who become forever identified as Martin Morgenstern, father of TV's "Rhoda" (Valerie Harper), the silver-haired, distinguished Harry Gould enjoyed a long and varied career. He actually played a range of roles far beyond sitcoms, including leading man to Katharine Hepburn in "Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry" (CBS, 1986) and a wonderfully manipulative Louis B. Mayer in "Moviola" (NBC, 1980), proving his versatility well into his eighties as he continued to be employed as a dependable presence in any film or television production

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 This is England (2006)
2.
 Brother Bear (2003) Voice Of Old Denahi
3.
 Freaky Friday (2003) Grandpa
4.
 Master of Disguise, The (2002) Grampa Disguisey
5.
 Stuart Little (1999) Grandpa Spencer
6.
 Patch Adams (1998) Arthur Mendelson
7.
 Brown's Requiem (1998) Solly K
8.
 My Giant (1998) Milt
9.
 Love Bug, The (1997) Dr Stumpfel
10.
 Killer: A Journal of Murder (1996) Old Henry Lesser
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1943:
Served in the US military
:
Spent three years teaching at Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Virginia
1955:
Made stage debut as Thomas Jefferson in "The Common Glory" in Williamsburg, VA
1956:
Taught in the drama department at the University of California, Riverside
1962:
Made his film debut in "Two for the Seesaw"; was not credited for his role
1962:
First credited role was a small part in "The Coach"
1965:
Originated the role of Marlo Thomas's father Lou in the pilot for "That Girl" (ABC); series role went to Lew Parker
1969:
Off-Broadway debut, "The Increased Difficulty of Concentration"
1971:
Played opposite Rosalind Russell in the feature "Mrs. Polifax-Spy"
1971:
Made TV-movie debut in "Ransom for a Dead Man" (NBC)
1972:
Originated the role of Howard Cunningham on an episode of "Love, American Style" titled "Love and the Happy Days" (ABC); when the show was made into a series, Gould was unavailable, and the series role went to Tom Bosley
1972:
First played Martin Morgenstern, father of Valerie Harper's Rhoda on an episode of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"
1973:
Had breakthrough film role as Kid Twist in "The Sting"
1974:
Reprised role of Martin Morgenstern on the sitcom "Rhoda" (CBS)
1975:
Appeared in the Woody Allen movie "Love and Death"
1976:
Played a villain in the Mel Brooks directed "Silent Movie"
1977:
Co-starred with Stefanie Powers in "The Feather and Father Gang" (ABC)
1980:
Portrayed Louis B. Mayer in the NBC miniseries "Moviola"; earned an Emmy nomination
1981:
Co-starred in the Broadway production of Neil Simon's "Fools"
1981:
Returned to series TV with "Park Place" (CBS)
1983:
Starred as skirt-chaser on "Foot in the Door" (CBS)
1985:
Co-starred as the grandfather on "Spencer" (NBC)
1985:
Played Miles Webber, the steadfast boyfriend of Rose Nylund (Betty White) on the NBC series "The Golden Girls"
1986:
Played a Jewish widower wooing the Christian Katharine Hepburn in the CBS TV-movie "Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry"; earned an Emmy nomination
1990:
Starred in short-lived NBC sitcom "Singer & Sons"
1991:
Starred in "Yiddish" installment of "The Sunset Gang" (PBS)
1994:
Played the father of a villain called The Prankster on "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" (ABC)
1996:
Had featured role in TV-movie "Far Hope" (ABC), directed by Bob Saget
1998:
Cast in the Robin Williams comedy "Patch Adams"
1999:
Played Grandpa Spencer Little in the award winning feature "Stuart Little"
2003:
Co-starred in the remake of "Freaky Friday"
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Education

New York State College for Teachers: Albany , New York - 1947
Cornell University: Ithaca , New York - 1948
Cornell University: Ithaca , New York - 1953

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wife:
Lee Vernon. Actor.

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father:
Louis Glen Goldstein. Post office clerk.
mother:
Lillian Goldstein. Clerk. Worked for NY State Department of Health.
daughter:
Deborah Gould.
son:
Joshua David Gould.
son:
Lowell Seth Gould.
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