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Bronx-born actor JUDD HIRSCH attended CCNY, where he majored in engineering and physics. A 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 Barefoot 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 with Taxi, 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 David Krumholtz.

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 mathematics 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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