Herb Edelman

Actor, Comedian, Radio announcer (in Okinawa)
Standing 6'5", prematurely bald and decidedly "ethnic", Herb Edelman had a long career as a character player of stage, screen and TV. He remains best known for his extensive work in the latter medium, generally in ... Read more »
Born: 11/04/1933 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (56)

Batman: The Animated Series 1992 - 1999 (TV Show)

Voice

Burke's Law 1991 - 1992, 1994 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1984 - 1987, 1991 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Mommies 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Second Half 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Golden Palace 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Naked Truth 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Golden Girls 1991 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

Anna 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Just Temporary 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

St. Elsewhere 1982 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Maggie 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Picking Up the Pieces 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

9 to 5 1981 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Smorgasbord 1982 (Movie)

Dr Jonas Pletchick (Actor)

Strike Force 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Ladies' Man 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

On the Right Track 1981 (Movie)

Sam (Actor)

Marathon 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Frankie and Annette: The Second Time Around 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

California Suite 1978 (Movie)

Harry Michaels (Actor)

Goin' Coconuts 1978 (Movie)

Sid (Actor)

Have I Got a Christmas For You! 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Special Olympics 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Big John, Little John 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Charge of the Model-T's 1976 (Movie)

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Crossfire 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Hearts of the West 1975 (Movie)

Eddie Polo (Actor)

Kosta and His Family 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The Boys 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The Front Page 1974 (Movie)

Schwartz (Actor)

The Yakuza 1974 (Movie)

Wheat (Actor)

The Way We Were 1973 (Movie)

Bill Verso (Actor)

Banyon 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bill Cosby Special, Or? 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

The War Between Men and Women 1971 (Movie)

Howard Mann (Actor)

In Name Only 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

I Love You, Alice B. Toklas 1968 (Movie)

Murray (Actor)

P.J. 1968 (Movie)

Charlie (Actor)

The Odd Couple 1968 (Movie)

Murray (Actor)

Barefoot in the Park 1967 (Movie)

Telephone Man (Actor)

In Like Flint 1967 (Movie)

Russian Premier (Actor)

A Cry For Love (TV Show)

Actor

Grass Roots (TV Show)

Actor

Of Thee I Sing (TV Show)

Actor

Once Upon a Dead Man (TV Show)

Actor

Shooting Stars (TV Show)

Actor

Smash-Up on Interstate 5 (TV Show)

Actor

Steambath (TV Show)

Actor

The Comedy Company (TV Show)

Actor

The Feminist and the Fuzz (TV Show)

Actor

The Neon Ceiling (TV Show)

Actor

Welcome Back, Kotter (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Standing 6'5", prematurely bald and decidedly "ethnic", Herb Edelman had a long career as a character player of stage, screen and TV. He remains best known for his extensive work in the latter medium, generally in stints as a series regular or recurring character ("Welcome Back, Kotter"; "St. Elsewhere"; "Knots Landing"), very rarely as a lead. Edelman may be best recognized as Stanley Zbornak, the ne'er-do-well ex-husband of Bea Arthur's Dorothy on the hit sitcom "The Golden Girls" (NBC, 1985-92).

Relationships

Merrilyn Crosgrove

Wife
divorced

Mayer Edelman

Father
survived him

Jennie Edelman

Mother
deceased

Briana Edelman

Daughter
survived him

Jacy Edelman

Daughter
survived him

Marvin Edelman

Brother
survived him

Betty Edelman

Sister
survived him

Christina Pickles Actor

Companion

Louise Sorel

Wife
soap villain on "Days of Our Lives" married December in 1964 divorced

EDUCATION

Brooklyn College

Brooklyn , New York 1955 - 1958
began acting regularly; did not graduate

School of Agriculture, Cornell University

Ithaca , New York
attended for six months

Milestones

1983

Final film role, co-starred as psychiatrist Dr. Jonas Pletchik in Jerry Lewis' "Cracking Up/Smorgasbord"

1978

Starred in "Honest Al's A-OK Used Car and Trailer Rental Tigers", a busted pilot for a syndicated sitcom

1974

Co-starred with Tim Conway in "The Boys", an unsold sitcom pilot

1973

Starred in the busted pilot for a NBC comedy-drama entitled "Kosta and His Family"

1968

TV-movie debut, "In Name Only", an ABC romantic comedy

1968

Portrayed Murray the cop in the film version of Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple"

1967

Reprised the role of the bewildered telephone repairman in film version of "Barefoot in the Park"

1966

TV series debut, played the recurring role of Uncle Harry on the sitcom "Occasional Wife"

1963

Broadway debut, "Lorenzo"

1963

Breakthrough stage role, the telephone repairman in Broadway production of Neil Simon's "Barefoot in the Park", directed by Mike Nichols

1961

First stage role of note, played the Commodore in Boston production of "Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feeling So Sad"

Co-starred with Robbie Rist in the live-action Saturday morning NBC children's fantasy series "Big John, Little John", as a junior high school science teacher who discovers the fountain of youth

Played a regular role, Deputy Commissioner Herbert Klein, on the ABC cop drama "Strike Force"

Attended Cornell University's School of Agriculture for six months

Enrolled in Brooklyn College where he began acting regularly

Co-starred with Bob ("Gilligan's Island") Denver in the "buddy" sitcom, "The Good Guys"

Turned down a role in Mike Nichols' film version of "Catch 22" to star in a TV series

Played a recurring role on the respected NBC medical drama "St. Elsewhere"

Served as a corporal in the US Army

"Discovered" by director Mike Nichols while driving a cab

Played the recurring role of Bea Arthur's no-good ex-husband Stanley Zbornak on the hit NBC sitcom "The Golden Girls"

Played the regular role of Reggie, a harried bookkeeper, on the short-lived sitcom "Ladies' Man"

Continued to drive cab, often picking up audience members who had seen him perform

Occasionally played Mo Epstein, "sweat hog" Juan's uncle, on the hit high school sitcom "Welcome Back, Kotter"

Grew up in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn with dreams of becoming a farmer

Played a regular, the good-natured salesman Harry, on the first season of the ABC sitcom spin-off "9 to 5"

Bonus Trivia

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Edelman was fluent in Japanese, French, Spanish, Italian, Yiddish, Hebrew, German and Russian.

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Edelman was also a painter, sculptor and musician.

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