Hal Linden

Actor, Singer, Musician
A former jazz musician and a Tony winner, Hal Linden was perhaps best known as Captain Barney Miller, the world-weary head of New York's 12th Precinct on "Barney Miller" (ABC, 1975-1982). A talented musician-singer ... Read more »
Born: 03/20/1931 in Bronx, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (88)

Royal Pains 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

2 Broke Girls 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Supernatural 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Mindy Project 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

NTSF:SD:SUV 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Kiss At Midnight 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Huff 1991 - 1993, 2003 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Drew Carey Show 1991 - 1993, 1998 - 1999, 2001 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Nanny 1991 - 1993, 1998 - 1999, 2003 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1991 - 1993, 1995 - 1996, 1998 - 1999, 2001 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Come to Papa 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jack's Place 1991 - 1993, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mrs. America 2003 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Host

Will & Grace 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

American Veteran Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Performer

Gilmore Girls 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Glow 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Time Changer 2002 (Movie)

Dean of Grace Bible Seminary (Actor)

Dumb Luck 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

Fall of the Leaning Tower 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

Others 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

71st Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Animal Hospital 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

Jump 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Treasures of the Sunken City 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

Marvin Hamlisch & the Pittsburgh Pops 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Mr. Rhodes 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Out to Sea 1997 (Movie)

Mac (Actor)

Nowhere Man 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Swing Alive! at the Hollywood Palladium 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Colony 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Just Friends 1995 (Movie)

Mr Barton (Actor)

The Boys Are Back 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Reader's Digest: On Television 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ray Bradbury Theater 1987 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Those Fabulous 40's 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Sinatra 75: The Best Is Yet to Come 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

An Evening With Alan Jay Lerner 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Night of 100 Stars III 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Starathon '90 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

A New Life 1988 (Movie)

Mel Arons (Actor)

Blacke's Magic 1985 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Broadway Sings: The Music of Jule Styne 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Search For Tomorrow 1951 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

NBC's 60th Anniversary Celebration 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The 37th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Performer

The 40th Annual Tony Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Performer

Bob Hope Lampoons Television 1985 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas in Washington 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

How to Be a Man 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Night of 100 Stars II 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Real Trivial Pursuit 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Second Edition 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Other Woman 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Barney Miller 1974 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

I Love Liberty 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Film Institute Salute to Frank Capra 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Performer

Hal Linden's Big Apple 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Celebrity Football Classic 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Alan King's Third Annual Final Warning!! 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The 36 Most Beautiful Girls in Texas 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Captain and Tennille in New Orleans 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? 1978 (Movie)

Richard Ethridge (Actor)

Battle of the Network Stars I 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars II 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Perry Como's Music From Hollywood 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Love Boat 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Lola 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The Shameful Secrets of Hastings Corners 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

Ruggles of Red Gap 1956 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

Bomb Squad (TV Show)

Narrator

Dream Breakers (TV Show)

Actor

Father Figure (TV Show)

Actor

Israel's Forgotten Heroes (TV Show)

Actor

Killers in the House (TV Show)

Actor

Mr. Inside/Mr. Outside (TV Show)

Actor

Ruggles of Red Gap (Movie)

(Performance)

Starflight One (TV Show)

Actor

The Writing on the Wall (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A former jazz musician and a Tony winner, Hal Linden was perhaps best known as Captain Barney Miller, the world-weary head of New York's 12th Precinct on "Barney Miller" (ABC, 1975-1982). A talented musician-singer, Linden spent nearly a decade performing with such noted big band leaders as Sammy Kaye before channeling his energies toward acting. He found success on Broadway, beginning with a 1958 turn in "Bells Are Ringing" and punctuated by a Tony win for his performance in "The Rothschilds" in 1971. Having dabbled in the medium of television since the mid-1960s, the actor achieved mainstream fame when he was cast as "Barney Miller" three years later. Linden's nuanced performance, which echoed the show's balance of broad comedy and sincere human drama, earned him both critical acclaim and viewer loyalty. After the hugely popular series ended its seven-year run, Linden kept busy with continued hosting duties on the educational wildlife show "Animals, Animals, Animals" (ABC, 1975-1981), further successful runs on Broadway, and the occasional big screen appearance in such feature films as "Out to Sea" (1993), starring Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon. Employing a combination of sophisticated charm and everyman appeal, Linden enjoyed a prolific and diverse career on stage, TV and film, well into his octogenarian years.

Relationships

Charles Lipshitz

Father

Frances Lipshitz

Mother

Jennifer Dru Linden

Daughter

Ian Martin Linden

Son

Frances Linden

Wife
married on April 13, 1958

Amelia Linden

Daughter
Hal and Frances Linden's four children were born between 1960 and 1967

Nora Linden

Daughter

EDUCATION

American Theatre Wing

New York , New York 1954 - 1955

studied acting with Paul Mann (1956-60) and with Lloyd Richards (1962-63)

City College of New York

New York , New York 1952

High School of Music and Art

New York , New York 1948

studied voice with Lou McCollogh (1953-56) and with John Mace (1958-64)

Milestones

2002

Made NYC cabaret debut

2001

Returned to Broadway in the play "The Gathering"

2000

Acted in "The Play's the Thing" in North Hollywood alongside daughter Nora

1999

Assumed role of Billy Flynn in the Las Vegas production of the hit stage musical "Chicago"

1998

Succeeded Eli Wallach in the Off-Broadway production of "Visiting Mr. Green"

1995

Return to the musical stage to star in pre-Broadway tryout of "Dodsworth" in Fort Worth, Texas

1994

Starred opposite Suzanne Pleshette on the CBS sitcom, "The Boys Are Back"

1993

"Jack's Place" given a brief run during regular season

1992

Starred in "Jack's Place", an ABC-TV summer tryout series

1988

Returned to features when he played a leading role opposite Alan Alda and Ann-Margret in the Alda-directed film, "A New Life"

1985

Portrayed Hollywood mogul Jack Warner in "My Wicked, Wicked Ways... The Legend of Errol Flynn", a CBS-TV biopic

1979

First film in a leading role, "When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder?"

1975

Starred in the title role of "Barney Miller", a hugely successful ABC-TV sitcom set at a police precinct

1973

Co-starred in another failed pilot, "Mr. Inside/Mr. Outside", a police drama

1969

Portrayed twins on "The Shameful Secrets of Hastings Corners", a busted NBC-TV pilot for a soap opera spoof

1958

Signed to replace Chaplin five days later, starring opposite Judy Holliday on Broadway

1958

Signed as understudy to Sydney Chaplin in "Bells are Ringing", which began its run at the end of 1956

1955

Made stage debut in a production of "Wonderful Town", the musical version of "My Sister Eileen", staged at the Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis, MA

Starred as Alexander Blacke in "Blacke's Magic", a light-hearted NBC-TV mystery series

Performed in army revues as a member of the US Army Band

Toured as a singer with bands headed by Sammy Kaye, Bobby Sherwood, and Boyd Raeburn

Continued with the national touring company of "Bells are Ringing"

Appeared in 17 subsequent stage productions including "Subways Are for Sleeping" (1960), "Ilya Darling" (1967), "The Education of Hyman Kaplan" (1968) and "The Rothschilds" (1971)

Enrolled as a student at American Theatre Wing in NYC

Began show business career as a musician

Returned to Broadway as a replacement star of the long-running comedy-drama, "I'm Not Rappaport"; acted in the play for 44 weeks

Appeared as a recurring character on the long-running TV soap, "Search for Tomorrow"

Bonus Trivia

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Linden was nominated for the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for each season of "Barney Miller" but never won.

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In addition to singing, Linden also plays the saxophone and the clarinet sometimes as part of a nightclub act.

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