Judd Hirsch is an award-winning actor:
• Became popular with the American audience when he starred in the television series “Taxi” (1978-1983)
• Gained global fame with the movie, “Independence Day,” in 1990
• Received recognition for his acting in “Taxi” with five consecutive Primetime Emmy Award nominations and two wins
• Appeared in critically acclaimed movie “Ordinary People” in 1980 and earned a Best Supporting Actor nomination from both an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award
• Est. net worth of $12 million

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Net WorthUS $12 Million
Date Of BirthMarch 15, 1935
SpouseBonni Chalkin, Elissa Hirsch
FactStarring in Yasmina Reza's play, "Art", on Broadway, opposite George Wendt and Joe Morton. [1999]

Judd Hirsch is an award-winning actor, who became popular with the American audience when he starred in the television series “Taxi” (1978-1983) and who became known globally with the movie, “Independence Day,” in 1990, successful at the box-office

Early life and Family

Judd Seymore Hirsch was born on 15 March 1935 in The Bronx of New York City, to Joseph Sidney Hirsch, an electrician, and Sally Kitzis Hirsch. Judd had a German-Jewish paternal grandfather, Benjamin Hirsch, who was born in New York City and a Dutch-Jewish paternal grandmother, Rosa Hirsch, who was born in England. The Judd’s mother was born in Russia to a Jewish family. He has a brother named Roland Hirsch, but no other details about him are disclosed.

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Not much information is available about Judd’s early life, except that he grew up in The Bronx and Brooklyn.

Early Education

He matriculated from the DeWitt Clinton High School in The Bronx in 1952, and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from the City College of New York. He served a tour in the US Army after he graduated, then first worked at the US-based nuclear power company, Westinghouse Electric Company LLC., after which he worked in theater, and studied acting at the HB Studio (Herbert Berghof Studio) in Greenwich Village, New York City, a non-profit organization that offers professional training in the performing arts.

It was unclear if he studied acting because he discovered a passion for it after working in theater, or if he took acting lessons first before working on stage.


First Steps

Hirsch began his professional acting career reportedly at the age of 27 in theater, and made over a dozen appearances from 1962 to 1973. He was in a couple of movies, although uncredited, that were commercially successful, such as “Jump” and “Evil Knievel” in 1971, and “Serpico” in 1973. He made his television debut in 1974 in the television movie, “The Law.” He was a guest actor for two episodes in the television series “Rhoda” in 1977, and was nominated at the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series.

His first lead role was in 1976, when he was cast as the title character in the 22-episode CBS TV series, “Delvecchio.”

Further Success


It was his role as Alex Rieger, the main protagonist, in the hit American sitcom “Taxi,” that made him into a star. The series that was originally aired on ABC (1978-1982) then on NBC (1982-1983), and received 31 nominations for Emmys and won 18 of them, three of which were for Outstanding Comedy Series.  They also won four Golden Globes out of 25 nominations, and the sitcom is ranked 48th in “TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time.”

Judd received recognition for his acting in “Taxi” by being nominated five consecutive times (1979-1983) at the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, and won two of them in 1981 and 1983. He was also nominated at the Golden Globes for Best Actor in a TV Series-Comedy every year from 1979 to 1983.


Hirsch went on accepting projects for television in lead, supporting and guest roles until 2020. He was the title character in NBC’s “Dear John” for four seasons (1988-1992), not as successful as “Taxi,” but he won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television Series in a Comedy in 1989 for this.

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He was cast in the crime drama television series, “Numbers,” that ran for six seasons (2005-2010). Judd also appeared as a guest in popular series, such as “The Good Wife,” “The Big Bang Theory,” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” His latest appearance on a TV series was in early 2020 in the Amazon Prime Video Show, “Hunters,” which starred Al Pacino.


One of the movies that he made was the critically acclaimed “Ordinary People,” which was the directorial debut of the actor Robert Redford, released in 1980. He received a Best Supporting Actor nomination from both an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for his role.

In 2001, he was cast in the Russell Crowe movie, “A Beautiful Mind,” and it earned him a joint nomination from the Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Motion Picture.

Box-Office success

Judd has made more than 20 movies, three of which were box-office hits not just in America but also globally, such as the American biographical drama film, “A Beautiful Mind” in 2001, which earned more than $300 million worldwide; the science fiction disaster film, “Independence Day” in 1996, which grossed more than $800 million worldwide; and its sequel “Independence Day: Resurgence” in 2016, which raked in almost $400 million worldwide.

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♡ “I was witness to the greatness of a personality that never fully got to flourish. I will never see him play Hamlet, and he would have been one of the great ones. I wanted to see him do the most emotional work out there, and it still pains me that I never will.” ♡ His looks, and his legion of teenage fans, often caused colleagues to underestimate his talent at first. Judd Hirsch played his father in Running on Empty, one of Phoenix’s strongest performances. “When I first saw him, I thought, ‘This is another blond, beautiful kid,’” Hirsch says. “But I quickly realized this was a very, very inside person. River wasn’t just going to give something away. He was running very deep.”— The Washington Post, October 2018 ♡ — Judd Hirsch, who plays Riv’s father in Running on Empty, about him. _________________________ #river #riverjude #riverjudebottom #riverjudephoenix #riverphoenix #juddhirsch #juddseymorehirsch #runningonempty #taxitvshow #80s #90s #1988 #1993 #2018 #magazine #interview #thewashingtonpost #movies #actors #hollywood #grief #nostalgia #nostalgic

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It was actually his role in the “Independence Day” franchise as Julius Levinson, the father of Jeff Goldblum’s character, which made him famous with the international audience.


If he was not making movies or television series, he was doing theater work. He appeared in more than five plays from 1976 to 2004. “Knock Knock” was an off-Broadway comedy in 1976 which moved to Broadway after getting positive reviews – he won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play. He received his first Tony Award nomination in 1980 for the Broadway show, “Talley’s Folly,” by the American playwright Lanford Wilson, who won the 1980 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for this work.

His two succeeding Broadway plays, both by Herb Gardner, namely “I’m Not Rappaport” (1985-1988) and “Conversations with My Father” (1992-1993), gave him two Tony Awards for Best Actor in a Play.

Personal life

Judd Hirsch married Elisa Sadaune in 1963, and they had a son together named Alexander born in 1966, but they were divorced in 1967. After 25 years, he married fashion designer Bonnie Sue Chalkin on 24 December 1992, and had two children with her, namely Montana and London. However, the couple divorced in 2005. Not much else is known about his two marriages and children. Judd is now 85 years old and currently single. He has been living in Catskill Town of Denning in Ulster County, New York for almost 50 years.

Interesting rumors and facts

  • On 15 November 2013, an article was published in The New York Times about Judd Hirsch planning to install a 177-foot-tall wind-turbine electric generator that would cost him $132,000 on his 96-acre property in Denning, which some residents opposed. They said that not only would it ruin the beauty of the place, but it would also create noise and disturb the stillness. Hirsch had all this to say about his neighbors, ‘Their fears, in my estimation, are baloney. Behind it, I believe, are the pollution of jealousy and the pollution of stupidity.’ Denning’s Zoning Board of Appeals denied the wind turbine construction in 2014, saying the town codes do not specifically allow it.
  • The creator of “Taxi,” James L. Brooks thought of Hirsch, already a Broadway star, when he was writing the character of Alex Rieger. It was said that the studio was reluctant at first to hire Judd because his asking price was too high; conversely, at that time Judd was hesitant to accept the part because he wasn’t that sure that he belonged on television. Obviously everything worked out in the end.
  • In an interview, he said that for the “Independence Day” sequel, he improvised at the beginning of the movie because some of the lines weren’t written. Apparently, the director wanted him to be spontaneous in his reaction and lines.
  • Judd preferred being an actor on stage than in films and TV. He said, “I’m a stage actor because my heart is in that and all of my energy of being a success would be there. All the challenges of the stage are the life of this actor.”
  • On 30 March 2020, Judd Hirsch together with the actors from “Taxi,” including Danny DeVito, Tony Danza, and Christopher Lloyd were guests on “Stars in the House” for The Actors Fund, a national human services organization, to uplift everyone’s spirits as well as to ask for donations for people who are most vulnerable to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Judd is 6ft (1.83m) tall and weighs around 150lbs (68 kgs). He has dark brown hair and blue eyes.

Net worth and salary

It was reported that aside from his Denning property, he also owns two apartments in the Upper East Side and West Village of New York City. In 2018, he bought a hillside estate in Studio City, California for $1.56 million. Judd Hirsch has a long career in acting, appearing in plays, movies, television series, and made-for-television movies. Although it was not revealed how much he earns as an actor and how many and how much all his properties are worth, sources estimated his net worth at a minimum of  $12 million as of early 2020.

General Info

Full NameJudd Hirsch
Net WorthUS $12 Million
Date Of BirthMarch 15, 1935
Height1.83 m
EducationCity College of New York, DeWitt Clinton High School


SpouseBonni Chalkin, Elissa Hirsch
ChildrenAlex Hirsch, Montana Eve Hirsch, London Hirsch
ParentsSally Kitzis Hirsch, Joseph Sidney Hirsch
SiblingsRoland Hirsch


AwardsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Play, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play, Obie Award for Performance, Outer Critics Circle Award f...
NominationsAcademy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series, People's Choice Award for Favor...
MoviesA Beautiful Mind, Ordinary People, Tower Heist, Running on Empty, Without a Trace, This Must Be the Place, King of the Gypsies, Sharknado 2: The Second One, Running with the Hitman, Rocky Marciano, The Halloween That Almost Wasn't, Out of the Cold, Sooner or Later, Teachers, Polish Bar, Brother's Sh...
TV ShowsForever, Numbers, Regular Joe, George and Leo, Dear John, Taxi, Rhoda, Delvecchio, Detective in the House

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1I don't think anyone can really make up their mind and say, Now I'm going to be a director.
2People come along and impose their own stuff on plays, and it shows.
3Some stage directions you just simply have to throw away.
4If I'm not moved by what happens at the end of this play, then I've completely failed, and so has the play, and so has our production. And if that's the case then there really isn't any reason to want to do it.
5If you're playing the character, you could say to yourself in 16 different ways, What if that didn't bother me? What if I knew exactly what he was talking about? What if I didn't get excited?


1In Running on Empty (1988) and Numb3rs: Protest (2006), he played a character named Alan who had a history of protesting the Vietnam War.
2He was awarded the 1979 Drama-Logue Award for Outstanding Performance for "5th of July" at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
3He was awarded the 1979 Drama-Logue Award for Outstanding Performance for "Talley's Folly" at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
4He was awarded the 1993 Drama-Logue Award for Performance for the play, "Conversations with My Father" in presented by the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson at the James A. Doolittle (University of California) Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
5Was a member of an improv trio with Peter Boyle and Trent Gough in the late 1960s that performed at Hillys On The Bowery (run by Hilly Kristal of CBGBs fame) which was located on 9th Street between 5th & 6th Avenues in Greenwich Village.
6Plays the piano.
7Friends with Danny DeVito.
8He appeared in two Best Picture Academy Award winners: Ordinary People (1980) and A Beautiful Mind (2001).
9In November 2013, Hirsch angered neighbors in his rural Catskill Mountain town in New York with his plans to build a 177-foot-tall wind turbine on his 96-acre property, at a cost of $132,000.
10Currently starring in Yasmina Reza's play, "Art", at Shadowland Theatre in Ellenville, New York. [June 2008]
11Stars as Willy Loman in "Death Of A Salesman" in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada [1997]
12Starring in Yasmina Reza's play, "Art", on Broadway, opposite George Wendt and Joe Morton. [1999]
13Co-host, with Angela Lambert, of an infomercial for the "Ionic Pro Turbo" air purifier. [2008]
14He did not start acting professionally until he was 36 years old.
15His father was of German Jewish and Dutch Jewish descent. His mother was a Russian Jewish immigrant.
16He starred in four shows for Paramount Television - Taxi, Dear John, George & Leo, and Numb3rs. He was one of the few actors to have had multiple starring roles in Paramount shows.
17He studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village in New York City.
18Son of Sally (née Kitzis) and Joseph Sidney Hirsch, an electrician.
19Won two Tony Awards as Best Actor (Play): in 1986 for "I'm Not Rappaport" and in 1992 for "Conversations With My Father," both written by Herb Gardner. He was also nominated in the same category in 1980 for Lanford Wilson's "Talley's Folly."
20Daughter named Montana and son named London, both with Bonni Chalkin.
21Has a son, Alex Hirsch.
22Has a College Degree in Physics.
23Born at 7:20am-EST.
24Attended DeWitt Clinton High School located in New York.




The Robert Klein Show1981TV Movie
Ordinary People1980Berger
The Last Resort1980TV Series
Marriage Is Alive and Well1980TV MovieHerb Rollie
The Halloween That Almost Wasn't1979TV ShortCount Dracula
Sooner or Later1979TV MovieBob Walters
King of the Gypsies1978Groffo
Rhoda1977TV SeriesMike Andretti
Delvecchio1976-1977TV SeriesSgt. Dominick Delvecchio Sergeant Dominick Delvecchio Det. Dominick Delvecchio
Visions1976TV SeriesJoe Morris
Columbo1976TV SeriesMake-up Artist
The Keegans1976TV MovieLieutenant Marco Ciardi
The Legend of Valentino1975TV MovieJack Auerbach
Medical Story1975TV SeriesDr. Joe Dempsey
Fear on Trial1975TV MovieSaul
The Law1975TV Mini-SeriesMurray Stone
The Law1974TV MovieMurray Stone
Serpico1973Cop (uncredited)
Superior Donuts2017TV Series completedArthur Przybyszewski
The Goldbergs2015-2016TV SeriesBen 'Pop-Pop' Goldberg
The Big Bang Theory2016TV SeriesDr. Alfred Hofstadter
Wild Oats2016
Maron2013-2016TV SeriesLarry
Independence Day: Resurgence2016Julius Levinson
Family Guy2016TV SeriesJudd Hirsches
Forever2014-2015TV SeriesAbe
Sharknado 2: The Second One2014TV MovieBen
Small Miracles2014TV SeriesMort
Altered Minds2013Dr. Nathaniel Shellner
Perception2013TV SeriesSigmund Freud
Untitled Larry Dorf/Ben Falcone Project2013TV Movie
The Good Wife2012TV SeriesJudge Harrison Creary
Damages2011-2012TV SeriesBill Herndon
Silent Witness2011TV MovieSaul Rubin
The Muppets2011Judd Hirsch
Tower Heist2011Mr. Simon
This Must Be the Place2011Mordecai Midler
Warehouse 132010TV SeriesIzzy Weisfelt
The Whole Truth2010TV SeriesJudge Wright
Polish Bar2010Uncle Sol
Numb3rs2005-2010TV SeriesAlan Eppes
American Dad!2009TV SeriesRabbi
Damages2006TV MovieWilliam Herndon
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip2006TV SeriesWes Mendell
Tom Goes to the Mayor2006TV SeriesPrisoner
Brother's Shadow2006Leo Groden
Zeyda and the Hitman2004Gideon Schub
Law & Order: Criminal Intent2003TV SeriesBen Elkins
Who Killed the Federal Theatre2003TV MovieNarrator
Street Time2003TV SeriesShimi Goldman
Regular Joe2003TV SeriesBaxter Binder
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2003TV SeriesDr. Judah Platner
Philly2002TV SeriesRabbi Nathan Wexler
A Beautiful Mind2001Helinger
Family Law2001TV SeriesDaniel Bonner
Welcome to New York2000TV SeriesDr. Bob
Man on the Moon1999Judd Hirsch - 'Taxi' Actor (uncredited)
Out of the Cold1999Leon Axelrod
Rocky Marciano1999TV MovieAl Weill
George & Leo1997-1998TV SeriesLeo Wagonman
Color of Justice1997TV MovieSam Lind
Caroline in the City1996TV SeriesBen Karinsky
Independence Day1996Julius Levinson
Betrayal of Trust1994TV MovieDr. Jules Masserman
Dear John1988-1992TV SeriesJohn Lacey
She Said No1990TV MovieMartin Knapek
The Great Escape II: The Untold Story1988TV MovieCapt. David Matthews
Running on Empty1988Arthur Pope
American Masters1987TV Series documentaryNarrator
Brotherly Love1985TV MovieBen Ryder / Harry Brand
First Steps1985TV MovieDr. Jerrold Petrofsky
Detective in the House1985TV SeriesPress Wyman
Lights1984TV ShortNarrator (voice)
Teachers1984Roger Rubell
The Goodbye People1984Arthur Korman
Taxi1978-1983TV SeriesAlex Reiger
Without a Trace1983Al Menetti
Super Bowl XVII Pre-Game Show1983TV MovieAlex Rieger (uncredited)


Dear John1990-1992TV Series executive consultant - 5 episodes


Dear John1989TV Series performer - 1 episode
Ordinary People1980performer: " I Never Promised You A Rose Garden" 1969 - uncredited
Taxi1980TV Series performer - 1 episode


Independence Day: A Legacy Surging Forward2016Video documentary shortHimself
Must See TV: A Tribute to James Burrows2016TV SpecialHimself
The View2014TV SeriesHimself
Biography2010TV Series documentaryHimself
Celebrating 1002009Video documentary shortHimself
Crunching Numb3rs: Season Five2009Video documentary shortHimself
TV Land Confidential2005-2007TV Series documentaryHimself / Himself - Interviewee
The 61st Annual Tony Awards2007TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Play Montage
The 5th Annual TV Land Awards2007TV SpecialHimself - Winner ("Medallion Award")
The 2nd Annual Quill Awards2006TV SpecialHimself
Family Guy2005TV SeriesHimself
The Tony Danza Show2005TV SeriesHimself
Today2004TV SeriesHimself
Heroes of Jewish Comedy2003TV Mini-Series documentaryNarrator (voice)
ABC 50th Anniversary Blooper Celebration2003TV MovieHimself
TV Land Presents Blast from the Past2001Video Game documentaryHimself
Celebrity Profile2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Taxi Dreams2000TV Movie documentaryHimself - Narrator
E! True Hollywood Story1998TV Series documentaryHimself
The 49th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1997TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Sex, Censorship and the Silver Screen1996TV Series documentaryQuote Reader
The 1964 World's Fair1996TV Movie documentary
A Comedy Salute to Andy Kaufman1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Best of Taxi1994TV MovieHimself
The 46th Annual Tony Awards1992TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Direction of a Musical & Winner: Best Leading Actor in a Play
American Experience1991TV Series documentary
The Home Show1990TV SeriesHimself
Good Morning America1979-1990TV SeriesHimself
The Arsenio Hall Show1990TV SeriesHimself
The 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards1990TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a TV-Series - Comedy / Musical
The More You Know1989TV SeriesHimself
Nova1989TV Series documentaryHost
The 40th Annual Tony Awards1986TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Leading Actor in a Play
Working in the Theatre1985TV Series documentaryHimself
In Our Hands1984DocumentaryHimself
The 35th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1983TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
The 34th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1982TV SpecialHimself - Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Saturday Night Live1982TV SeriesHimself
I Love Liberty1982TV SpecialHimself
Night of 100 Stars1982TV SpecialHimself
The 33rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1981TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
The 53rd Annual Academy Awards1981TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
The Midnight Special1981TV SeriesHimself
The 38th Annual Golden Globe Awards1981TV SpecialHimself - Nominee
The 34th Annual Tony Awards1980TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Play
The 37th Annual Golden Globe Awards1980TV SpecialHimself
The 30th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1978TV SpecialHimself - Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actor for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy Series

Archive Footage

Extra2016TV SeriesHimself
Too Young to Die2012TV Series documentary
¡Pechos fuera!2009TV Movie documentaryWes Mendell / Alex Reiger
Biography1999TV Series documentaryHimself


Won Awards

2015ISAIndie Series AwardsBest Supporting Actor - DramaSmall Miracles (2014)
2011Best Male PerformanceBeverly Hills Film FestivalBest ActorPolish Bar (2010)
2007Medallion AwardTV Land AwardsTaxi (1978)
1989Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or MusicalDear John (1988)
1983Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesTaxi (1978)
1981Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesTaxi (1978)

Nominated Awards

2016Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsComedy Guest ActorThe Big Bang Theory (2007)
2007Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsDrama Guest ActorStudio 60 on the Sunset Strip (2006)
2003TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsWorking Stiff of the YearTaxi (1978)
2002ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion PictureA Beautiful Mind (2001)
2001ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Cast EnsembleA Beautiful Mind (2001)
1990Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or MusicalDear John (1988)
1983Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or MusicalTaxi (1978)
1982Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or MusicalTaxi (1978)
1982Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesTaxi (1978)
1981OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Supporting RoleOrdinary People (1980)
1981Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor in a Supporting Role - Motion PictureOrdinary People (1980)
1981Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or MusicalTaxi (1978)
1980Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or MusicalTaxi (1978)
1980Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesTaxi (1978)
1979Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or MusicalTaxi (1978)
1979Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesTaxi (1978)
1978Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy SeriesRhoda (1974)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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