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Also Known As: Died:
Born: March 15, 1935 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Bronx, New York, USA Profession: actor

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Typically cast as the sole voice of reason on shows populated with various nut-jobs, actor Judd Hirsch became a household name with his portrayal of the level-headed Alex Reiger on the sitcom classic, "Taxi" (ABC/NBC, 1978-1983), a role that earned him universal critical praise and two Emmy Awards. Having received his start on the stage, Hirsch segued to the screen in the early 1970s with small parts in films like "Serpico" (1973) and guest starring roles before landing on "Taxi" well into his forties. Oscillating easily between comedy and drama, he earned an Oscar nomination for his supporting turn in "Ordinary People" and acclaim for his portrayal of a political radical from the 1960s living underground with his family in the drama "Running on Empty" (1988). Post-"Taxi," he was the star of the popular sitcom "Dear John" (NBC, 1988-1992), all the while earning acclaim and Tonys for his stage work in productions like "I'm Not Rappaport" (1986) and "Conversations with My Father" (1992). After notable supporting roles in blockbusters like "Independence Day" (1996) and "A Beautiful Mind" (2001), Hirsch veered toward more dramatic fare with the mathematics-themed procedural "NUMB3RS" (CBS, 2005-2010) and...

Typically cast as the sole voice of reason on shows populated with various nut-jobs, actor Judd Hirsch became a household name with his portrayal of the level-headed Alex Reiger on the sitcom classic, "Taxi" (ABC/NBC, 1978-1983), a role that earned him universal critical praise and two Emmy Awards. Having received his start on the stage, Hirsch segued to the screen in the early 1970s with small parts in films like "Serpico" (1973) and guest starring roles before landing on "Taxi" well into his forties. Oscillating easily between comedy and drama, he earned an Oscar nomination for his supporting turn in "Ordinary People" and acclaim for his portrayal of a political radical from the 1960s living underground with his family in the drama "Running on Empty" (1988). Post-"Taxi," he was the star of the popular sitcom "Dear John" (NBC, 1988-1992), all the while earning acclaim and Tonys for his stage work in productions like "I'm Not Rappaport" (1986) and "Conversations with My Father" (1992). After notable supporting roles in blockbusters like "Independence Day" (1996) and "A Beautiful Mind" (2001), Hirsch veered toward more dramatic fare with the mathematics-themed procedural "NUMB3RS" (CBS, 2005-2010) and the dark legal thriller "Damages" (FX/Audience Network, 2007-2012). Whether on stage or screen, in comedy or drama, Hirsch was always a dependable presence, capable of turning in one quality performance after another for decades.

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Red Robin, The (2012)
3.
 Silent Witness (2011)
4.
 Tower Heist (2011)
5.
 Polish Bar (2010)
6.
 Brother's Shadow (2006)
7.
 A Beautiful Mind (2001) [Professor] Helinger
8.
 Out of the Cold (1999) Leon Axelrod
9.
 Rocky Marciano (1999) Al Weill
10.
 Independence Day (1996) Julius Levinson
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1962:
Made acting debut with a stock company in Colorado
:
Returned to NYC to work on stage
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Broadway breakthrough, playing the clerk in Lanford Wilson's "Hot l Baltimore"
:
Appeared in numerous productions on and off-Broadway
1973:
First film role, a small part in Sidney Lumet's "Serpico"
1974:
Made his TV-movie debut in "The Law" (NBC)
1976:
Made his series debut playing the title role on CBS' "Delvecchio"
1977:
Played George Schneider in Neil Simon's Broadway play "Chapter Two"
1978:
Landed breakthrough role as Alex Reiger on the ABC sitcom "Taxi"
1986:
Won a Tony for "I'm Not Rappaport," a play written by Herb Gardner
1988:
Returned to TV to play the title role on the NBC sitcom "Dear John"
1992:
Created the role of Eddie Ross, the overpowering bartender in Herb Gardner's play "Conversations with My Father"
1996:
Portrayed the father of Jeff Goldblum's character in "Independence Day"
1997:
Co-starred with Bob Newhart on the CBS sitcom "George & Leo"
1998:
Returned to Broadway for Yasmina Reza's play "Art"; later acted in the London production with Joe Morton in 1999
1999:
Reprised his role from "Taxi" for the Andy Kaufman biopic "Man on the Moon"
2001:
Appeared in the critically acclaimed film "A Beautiful Mind"
2002:
Re-teamed with Herb Gardner for the Broadway play "I'm Not Rappaport"
2005:
Cast on the CBS drama "NUMB3RS" as Alan Eppes, father of FBI agent Don Eppes (Rob Morrow) and Professor Charlie Eppes (David Krumholtz)
2006:
Played a producer on the pilot episode of Aaron Sorkin¿s "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" (NBC)
2011:
Joined the fourth season of "Damages" (DirecTV) as a former mentor of Patty¿s (Glenn Close)
2011:
Teamed with Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy in the ensemble comedy "Tower Heist"
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Education

City College of New York: New York , New York -
DeWitt Clinton High School: Bronx , New York - 1952

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wife:
Elissa Hirsch. Mother of Hirsch's son Alexander;.
companion:
Marliu Henner. Actor. Co-starred in "Taxi"; had relationship in 1979.
wife:
Bonnie Hirsch. Fashion designer. Mother of Montana Eve Hirsch; third wife.

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son:
Alexander Hirsch. Musician. Mother, Elissa Hirsch; operates own Web site at www.alexhirsch.com.
daughter:
Montana Eve Hirsch. Born on March 29, 1994; mother, Bonnie Hirsch.

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