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Judd Seymore Hirsch is an American actor best known for his roles as Alex Rieger on Taxi, John Lacey on NBC's Dear John, and Alan Eppes on CBS's Numb3rs. He has received two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, two Tony Awards for Best Actor in a Play, a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy, and an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

Background and Age

Judd Seymore Hirsch was born on March 15, 1935, in The Bronx, New York. He was born as the child of Sally and Joseph Sidney Hirsch, a circuit tester. His father likewise was born in New York, where the family had lived since the mid-1800s. His mom, Sally, was born in Russia. Hirsch was raised Jewish.

He attended DeWitt Clinton High School in The Bronx and grew up in both Brooklyn and The Bronx. He graduated from City College of New York with a physics degree.

Hirsch served in the United States Army after graduating from college. Hirsch then worked for Westinghouse as an engineer before landing a job in the theater. He studied acting at New York City's HB Studio.

Marriage, Wife, and Kids

Hirsch was married to his first spouse, Elisa Sadaune, from 1956 to 1967. Their child, Alexander, was born in 1966. Hirsch married Bonni Sue Chalkin, a style designer, in 1992, but the couple separated in 2005. From his second marriage, Hirsch has a girl, Montana, and a boy, London.

Career and Net Worth

In 1981 and again in 1983, Judd Hirsch won the Emmy Award for Lead Actor In a Comedy Series for his performance in Taxi. Hirsch proceeded to play the title character on the fruitful sitcom Dear John and in 1989 won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Series in a Comedy or Musical for this role. He later cooperated with Bob Newhart in the short comedy George and Leo. He had likewise featured for one season in the series Delvecchio, playing a police criminologist in 1976.

In the film industry, Hirsch got a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the drama film Ordinary People (1980). Different movies during the 1980s include the 1983 drama Without a Trace, the 1984 dramedies, Teachers and The Goodbye People, and the 1988 drama, Running on Empty, directed by Sidney Lumet and co-featuring River Phoenix. In 1996 Hirsch depicted the father of Jeff Goldblum's character in Independence Day, and in 2001 he appeared in the acclaimed A Beautiful Mind.

Hirsch co-featured on the CBS Television drama NUMB3RS as Alan Eppes, father of FBI operator Don Eppes (Rob Morrow), and Professor Charlie Eppes (David Krumholtz). Hirsch and Krumholtz likewise played father and child in Conversations with My Father, a Herb Gardner play for which Hirsch won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play.

In December 2019, a film highlighting Adam Sandler called Uncut Gems was released. Judd has a role in the film as Gooey.

He also starred alongside Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy in the blockbuster hit American heist comedy film "Tower Heist" (2011). Hirsch's filmography included roles in films such as 'Without a Trace' (1983), 'The Goodbye People' (1984), 'Running on Empty (1988), 'Zeyda and the Hitman' (2004), and 'Altered Minds' (2015), among others.

Date modified: Aug 7, 2021
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