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Also Known As: Daniel Hedaya Died:
Born: July 24, 1940 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: actor, waiter, abstract painter, junior high school teacher, floral shop manager

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A prolific and versatile character performer in both film and on television, actor Dan Hedaya earned his first widespread recognition as Carla's slimy and manipulative ex-husband on the famed sitcom "Cheers" (NBC, 1982-1993). Prior to that breakout role, Hedaya had already been in a number of movies like "The Seduction of Joe Tynan" (1979) and "True Confessions" (1981) before landing a leading role in the Coen Brothers' acclaimed feature debut "Blood Simple" (1984). He went on to appear in a number of films, sometimes playing stereotypical cop roles as he did in "Tightrope" (1984) and "Running Scared" (1986), but also branching out to play a demanding boss at a poorly-lit office in "Joe Versus the Volcano" (1990). Following turns in "The Addams Family" (1991) and "Searching for Bobby Fischer" (1993), Hedaya turned up as a wealthy, overprotective father in "Clueless" (1995) and a doubting detective in the acclaimed crime thriller "The Usual Suspects" (1995). He next had pivotal roles in big studio movies like "Alien Resurrection" (1997) and "The Hurricane" (1999) before returning to the small screen for episodes of shows like "Judging Amy" (CBS, 1999-2005), "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009) and "Monk" (USA...

A prolific and versatile character performer in both film and on television, actor Dan Hedaya earned his first widespread recognition as Carla's slimy and manipulative ex-husband on the famed sitcom "Cheers" (NBC, 1982-1993). Prior to that breakout role, Hedaya had already been in a number of movies like "The Seduction of Joe Tynan" (1979) and "True Confessions" (1981) before landing a leading role in the Coen Brothers' acclaimed feature debut "Blood Simple" (1984). He went on to appear in a number of films, sometimes playing stereotypical cop roles as he did in "Tightrope" (1984) and "Running Scared" (1986), but also branching out to play a demanding boss at a poorly-lit office in "Joe Versus the Volcano" (1990). Following turns in "The Addams Family" (1991) and "Searching for Bobby Fischer" (1993), Hedaya turned up as a wealthy, overprotective father in "Clueless" (1995) and a doubting detective in the acclaimed crime thriller "The Usual Suspects" (1995). He next had pivotal roles in big studio movies like "Alien Resurrection" (1997) and "The Hurricane" (1999) before returning to the small screen for episodes of shows like "Judging Amy" (CBS, 1999-2005), "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009) and "Monk" (USA Network, 2002-09). By the time he portrayed Representative Barney Frank in the acclaimed cable movie "Too Big to Fail" (HBO, 2011), Hedaya had cemented his legacy as one of Hollywood's busiest and most sought after character actors.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Humbling, The (2014)
2.
 Clutter (2013)
3.
 Too Big to Fail (2011)
4.
 Extra Man, The (2010)
5.
6.
 Robots (2005) Voice
7.
 Strangers with Candy (2005) Cast
8.
 Elevator, The (2003) Lt Mcbain
9.
 New Suit (2002) Muster Hansau
10.
 Swimfan (2002) Coach Simkins
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Began acting during his undergraduate years at Tufts
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Stage debut in a small part in a college production of Arthur Miller's "The Crucible"
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Taught junior high school English and math in NYC for seven years
1973:
Returned to stage full-time with an appearance in a Joseph Papp production of "Macbeth"
1976:
Feature debut (under the name Daniel Hedaya), "The Passover Plot", an Israeli-produced Biblical suspense movie
1977:
TV-movie debut, "The Prince of Central Park"
1977:
Performed on the NY stage with Al Pacino in "The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel"
1979:
American film debut, "The Seduction of Joe Tynan"
1984:
Acted with Kevin Kline in "Henry V" at the New York Shakespeare Festival in Central Park (summer)
1984:
Received excellent notices for a rare lead in "Blood Simple", the first film from the Coen Brothers
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Appeared in recurring role of Nick Tortelli, Carla's (Rhea Perlman) first ex-husband, on the popular 80s TV sitcom, "Cheers"
1987:
Starred as Nick Tortelli on the "Cheers"-spinoff, "The Tortellis"
1995:
Joined cast of NBC sitcom "Home Court"
1999:
Played Nixon in Andrew Fleming's comedy "Dick"
2000:
Cast as a corrupt policeman in "Shaft"
2000:
Co-starred in "The Crew"
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Education

Tufts University: Medford , Massachusetts - 1962

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