Hal Linden

  • Birth Name: Harold Lipshitz
  • Birth Place: Bronx, New York, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Musician, Singer
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Fast Facts

  • Changed his surname to Linden after spotting it on a water tower in Linden, New Jersey.
  • Began playing clarinet as a teen and performed with symphony orchestras.
  • Performed as a singer with bands headed by Sammy Kaye, Bobby Sherwood and Boyd Raeburn before being drafted into the Army.
  • Became interested in acting while a member of the US Army Band.
  • Made Broadway debut in Bells Are Ringing after his girlfriend (and future wife), dancer Frances Martin, told him about an opening for Sydney Chaplin's understudy; Linden took over the role when Chaplin left.
  • Had a recurring role in the daytime soap Search for Tomorrow.
  • Received seven Emmy nominations---but no wins---for his role as Barney Miller.
  • Carried the Olympic Torch in Los Angeles as part of the 1984 Olympics. 
  • Appeared with daughter Nora in a North Hollywood production of The Play's the Thing.

Awards

  • 1971, Tony — Actor (Musical): Winner
  • 1976, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1978, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1980, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1976, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1978, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1977, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1979, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1977, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1981, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1981, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1982, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee

Relationships

  • Frances Martin — Wife
  • Charles Lipshitz — Father
  • Amelia Christine Linden — Daughter
  • Jennifer Dru Linden — Daughter
  • Ian Martin Linden — Son
  • Nora Kathryn Linden — Daughter
  • Bernard Linden — Brother
  • Frances Rosen — Mother

College

  • Attended City University of New York, Queens College, Queens, New York, United States; City University of New York, City College, New York, New York, United States (BA, 1952); American Theater Wing, New York, New York, United States (1954)
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