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Hal Linden
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    (March 20, 1931- )
    Birth name is Harold Lipshitz
    Best known for the lead role in the ABC TV series 'Barney Miller' (1975-82)
    Other TV series include 'Blacke's Magic (1986),' 'Jack's Place (1992)' and 'The Boys Are Back (1994)'
    Also acted in the movies 'When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? (1979),' 'A New Life (1988),' 'Just Friends (1996),' 'The Others (1997),' 'Out to Sea (1997),' 'Jump (1999),' 'Dumb Luck (2001),' 'Time Changer (2002)' and 'Freezerburn (2005)'
    Hosted the Emmy nominated TV musical variety event 'The Hal Linden Special (1979)'
    He took his stage name from sighting a gas storage tank in Linden, New Jersey, with lettering, as he quoted, 'large enough for a big star.'
    He provided English voice over work for the Japanese movies 'Godzilla Versus the Sea Monster (1966)' and 'Destroy All Monsters (1968).'
    He's done TV commercials for (defunct) Pace deodorant, ITT Industries and Cignature RX.
    He was nominated for an Emmy every year (7 times) for 'Barney Miller' without winning.
    He was offered a lead role in the hit TV series 'St. Elsewhere' and turned it down (1982).
    He served in the U.S. Army where he entertained troops.
    He's played clarinet for orchestras, including the New York American Symphony, and sax in jazz bands.
    He's been married to the same woman since 1958.
    He won a Tony for the musical 'The Rothchilds' (1971).
    He is a national spokesman for the Jewish National Fund and chairman for the March Of Dimes.

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