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Bronx-born actor JUDD HIRSCH attended CCNY, where he majored in engineering and
blossoming fascination with the theatre convinced Hirsch that his future lay in
acting. He studied at
the AADA and worked with a Colorado stock company before his 1966 Broadway debut
in the Park. He spent many years at New York's Circle Repertory, where he
appeared in the first-ever
production of Lanford Wilson's The Hot L Baltimore. After an auspicious TV-movie
bow in the well received The Law (1974), Hirsch landed his first weekly-series
assignment, playing the title character
in the cop drama Delvecchio (1976-77). From 1978 to 1982, he was seen as Alex
Reiger in the
popular ensemble comedy Taxi, earning two Emmies in the process. While occupied
Hirsch found time to act off-Broadway, winning an Obie award for the 1979
production Talley's Folly.
In the following decade, he was honoured with two Tony Awards for the Broadway
shows I'm Not
Rappaport and Conversations with My Father. Post Taxi he played the lead in the
following TV series:
Detective in the House (1985), Dear John for which he won a Golden Globe as
'John Lacey', and five
seasons of the CBS series Numb3rs (1988-92) playing the father of Rob Morrow and
Judd was nominated for an Oscar for his iconic performance as Tim Hutton's
psychiatrist in the
Academy Award nominated feature Ordinary People. He played Russell Crowe's
mentor in A Beautiful Mind and Jeff Goldblum's father in the blockbuster
Independence Day. He has
recently completed Tower Heist, a caper film also starring Ben Stiller, Eddie
Murphy, and Alan Alda.
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