Judd Hirsch has forged a distinguished career in television, theater and film that has earned him two Emmy Awards, two Tony Awards and an Academy Award nomination, among other honors.
Hirsch is perhaps best known to television audiences for his Emmy-winning role as Alex Rieger in the classic series “Taxi.” Also, he starred as the title character in “Dear John,” for which he won a Golden Globe. Other notable television credits include the comedy “George and Leo,” co-starring Bob Newhart, and the drama “Numb3rs,” both on the Network, and more recently, “Forever,” opposite Ioan Gruffudd. In 2016 Hirsch guest-starred as Leonard Hofstadter’s father on THE BIG BANG THEORY, on the Network.
Hirsch began his career on the stage playing Murray Burns in Herb Gardner’s “A Thousand Clowns” at the famed Woodstock Playhouse in 1964. Thirty-three years later, he starred in a production of the same play on Broadway. Additional Broadway credits include “Knock, Knock” by Jules Feiffer, “Chapter Two” by Neil Simon, “Talley’s Folly” by Lanford Wilson, “Art,” and “Sixteen Wounded.” For his performances in a pair of Herb Gardner plays, “I’m Not Rappaport” and “Conversations with My Father,” Hirsch won two Tony Awards for Lead Actor. He made his Broadway debut as a replacement for the Telephone Man in Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park.”
Off-Broadway, Hirsch starred in Bruce Jay Friedman’s “Scuba Duba,” Jean-Claude Van Itallie’s “Mystery Play,” Chekhov’s “The Seagull” and Richard Dresser’s “Below the Belt.” In 1997, he played Willy Loman in Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” in Toronto.
Hirsch was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance as psychiatrist Dr. Berger in the film “Ordinary People.” Other memorable film credits include “Teachers,” “The Goodbye People,” “Running on Empty,” “A Beautiful Mind,” “Independence Day” and its recent sequel, “Independence Day: Resurgence.” He will appear in the forthcoming film “The Meyerowitz Stories,” directed by Noah Baumbach.
Hirsch grew up in New York City where he studied engineering at the City College of New York and architecture at Cooper Union. His birthday is March 15.