Stuart Margolin

Actor, Director, Producer

Actor, TV director, and songwriter - all of these words describe the wide-ranging actor Stuart Margolin, who in a career spanning over half a century, appeared in over 100 movies and TV shows. A character actor in ... Read more »

Born: 01/30/1940 in Davenport, Iowa, USA

Filmography

Actor (67)

NCIS 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Discoverers 2014 (Movie)

Stanley (Actor)

Arbitrage 2012 (Movie)

Syd Felder (Actor)

The Bridge 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

30 Rock 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Hoax 2007 (Movie)

Martin Ackerman (Actor)

Strange Frequency 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1975 - 1979, 1981 - 1982, 1984 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Beggars and Choosers 1975 - 1979, 1981 - 1982, 1984 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

James Garner: A Maverick Spirit 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Promised Land 1974 - 1979, 1981 - 1982, 1984 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bret Maverick 1975 - 1979, 1981 - 1982, 1990 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Vendetta: Secrets of a Mafia Bride 1976 - 1977, 1990 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hi-Line 1999 (Movie)

Clyde Johnson (Actor)

The Lay of the Land 1997 (Movie)

Carmine Ficcone (Actor)

The Rockford Files: I Still Love L.A. 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Impolite 1993 (Movie)

I.M. Penner (Actor)

Johnny Bago 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Mom P.I. 1990 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Guilty By Suspicion 1991 (Movie)

Abe Barron (Actor)

Bye Bye Blues 1990 (Movie)

Slim Godfrey (Actor)

Deep Sleep 1990 (Movie)

Bob Bolden (Actor)

Three of a Kind 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Iron Eagle II 1988 (Movie)

Stillmore (Actor)

A Fine Mess 1986 (Movie)

Maurice "Binky" Dzundza (Actor)

Crazy Dan 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Mr. Smith 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Running Hot 1984 (Movie)

Officer Trent (Actor)

Class 1983 (Movie)

Balaban (Actor)

M*A*S*H 1972 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

S.O.B. 1981 (Movie)

Gary Murdock (Actor)

The Rockford Files 1974 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Days of Heaven 1978 (Movie)

Mill Foreman (Actor)

Futureworld 1976 (Movie)

Harry (Actor)

Lanigan's Rabbi 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The Big Bus 1975 (Movie)

Alex (Actor)

Death Wish 1974 (Movie)

Aimes Jainchill (Actor)

Love, American Style 1969 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The Partridge Family (ABC) 1970 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rockford Files 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Cops 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Gambler 1973 (Movie)

Cowboy (Actor)

Nichols 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

The Stone Killer 1972 (Movie)

Lawrence (Actor)

Women in Limbo 1971 (Movie)

Phil Garrett (Actor)

Kelly's Heroes 1970 (Movie)

Little Joe (Actor)

The Gamblers 1969 (Movie)

Goldy (Actor)

Don't Just Stand There! 1968 (Movie)

Remy (Actor)

Ironside 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

A Killer in the Family (TV Show)

Actor

A Summer Without Boys (TV Show)

Voice

Dirkham Detective Agency (TV Show)

Actor

I Was A Teenage Faust (TV Show)

Actor

Perilous Voyage (TV Show)

Actor

The California Kid (TV Show)

Actor

The Glitter Dome (TV Show)

Actor

The Intruders (TV Show)

Actor

This Is the West That Was (TV Show)

Actor
Director (30)

The Handler 2004 (Tv Show)

Director

Wild Card 2004 (Tv Show)

Director

Quantum Leap 1974 - 1979, 1981 - 1982, 1984 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

The Texas Wheelers 1974 - 1979, 1981 - 1982, 1984 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

Tough Cookies 1975 - 1979, 1981 - 1982, 1984 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

Crazy Like a Fox 1975 - 1979, 1981 - 1982, 1984 - 1986, 1990 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

Destiny Ridge 1975 - 1979, 1981 - 1982, 1985 - 1986, 1990 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

Fly By Night 1975 - 1979, 1981 - 1982, 1990 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

Neon Rider 1975 - 1979, 1981 - 1982, 1990 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

Phyllis 1975 - 1979, 1981 - 1982, 1985 - 1986, 1990 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

Sara 1975 - 1977, 1990 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

The Hardy Boys Mysteries 1975 - 1979, 1981 - 1982, 1990 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

The Tracey Ullman Show 1975 - 1979, 1981 - 1982, 1984 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

Wonder Woman 1976 - 1977, 1990 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

Stranger in Town 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Director

Salt Water Moose 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Director

Medicine River 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Paramedics 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Pros and Cons 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Director

Young Guy Christian 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Director

A Shining Season (TV Show)

Director

How the West Was Fun (TV Show)

Director

Plates (TV Show)

Director

Stranger in Town (Movie)

(Director)

Suddenly, Love (TV Show)

Director

The Facts of Life Down Under (TV Show)

Director

The Long Summer of George Adams (TV Show)

Director

The Room Upstairs (TV Show)

Director

The Sweetest Gift (TV Show)

Director
Writer (2)

Grizzly Falls 1999 (Movie)

(From Story)

A Man, a Woman and a Bank 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Music (1)

Evil Roy Slade (TV Show)

Music
Producer (1)

The Ballad of Andy Crocker (TV Show)

Associate Producer

Biography

Actor, TV director, and songwriter - all of these words describe the wide-ranging actor Stuart Margolin, who in a career spanning over half a century, appeared in over 100 movies and TV shows. A character actor in the truest sense of the word, Margolin's career in television began in the early 1960s, with numerous guest parts on several hit shows of the era, including "The Fugitive" (ABC 1963-67), "Ironside" (NBC 1967-1975), and "Bewitched" (ABC 1964-1972). After over a decade of relative obscurity as a nameless working actor, however, Margolin's life would change forever when he was cast alongside James Garner on "The Rockford Files" (NBC 1974-1980). Margolin played a weasley ex-con named Evelyn "Angel" Martin for all six seasons of the show, and eventually went on to earn two Primetime Emmys for his work. Although Margolin continued to act regularly throughout the ensuing decades, while also picking up a few awards for his work behind the camera as a TV director, his work on "The Rockford Files" remained his most lasting - the highlight of a long and multi-faceted career in show business.

Born in Iowa and raised in Texas, Margolin grew up wanting to become a professional dancer. His idols were Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire - the two icons of modern dance - but Margolin quickly realized that there was far more to dancing than just showing off. With that in mind, he promptly dashed any hopes of making a career out of it. He then turned his attention to acting, and by the age of eight had landed the role of Puck in a local production of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Margolin remained a creature of the theater throughout most of his youth, appearing in as many plays as he could, while simultaneously honing his craft. By the early '60s, however, Hollywood came calling and Margolin soon began landing small parts on television shows. He landed his first recurring role in 1962 as Lieutenant Miller on the short-lived military comedy, "Ensign O'Toole" (NBC 1962-1963), and continued to be cast as sheriffs, lieutenants and other uniformed figures of authority throughout the 1960s. Then in 1971 Margolin landed the role of Deputy Sheriff Mitch on the TV western "Nichols" (NBC 1971-72). The show starred James Garner as the sherriff of a small town in Arizona, with Margolin playing the role of his sidekick. Despite being cancelled after one season, Garner was impressed by Margolin's performance and suggested him for a similar role in a new crime series he was staring in. That show, of course, was called "The Rockford Files."

As Evelyn "Angel" Martin, a lovable but shady ex-con, Margolin won two Primetime Emmys, as well as nearly universal praise from fans and critics alike. The show aired for six seasons on NBC, with Margolin reprising his role as Martin in several made-for-TV movies in the mid-'90s. Although Margolin continued to work steadily throughout the '80s and '90s, he started turning much of his attention to directing, having helmed episodes of hour-long dramas like "Magnum P.I." (CBS 1980-88), "Promised Land" (CBS 1996-99), and "Touched by an Angel" (CBS 1994-2003), among dozens of others. In addition to his work on television, Margolin also appeared in several high-profile films, including Terrence Malick's pensive drama "Days of Heaven" (1978), "The Hoax" (2006), and 2011's legal thriller "Arbitrage," starring Susan Sarandon and Richard Gere. Despite turning 70, Margolin remained active into the 2010s, appearing in an episode of the Canadian series "Republic of Doyle" (CBC 2010- ) in 2013.

Relationships

Arnold Margolin Writer

Brother

Christopher Martini Writer

Step-Father

Michelle Martini Writer

Step-Child

Max Martini Actor

Step-Child

Milestones

2012

Appeared alongside Richard Gere and Susan Surandon in "Arbitrage"

2006

Cast in "The Hoax"

1978

Supporting role in "Days of Heaven"

1974

Breakout performance as Evelyn "Angel" Martin on "The Rockford Files"

1972

Appeared alongside James Garner on "Nichols"

1962

First recurring TV role on "Ensign O'Toole"

Bonus Trivia

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In addition to being an actor, Margolin has directed episodes of over 30 TV shows, including "Mary Tyler Moore Show," "Northern Exposure," and "Magnum, P.I."

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Appeared as James Garner's sidekick on "Nichols," before being cast in a similar role alongside Garner on "The Rockford Files."

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Briefly worked as a pop songwriter in the mid-60s, penning the hit song, "Day After Day," with friend Jerry Ropelle.

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Won two Primetime Emmys for his role as Evelyn "Angel" Martin on "The Rockford Files" -- one of only five actors to win the award twice for the same role.

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"It was the best time of my career. That was a pretty good experience. As actors, we had a pretty good feel for each other. The writing for the show was great. We both loved the show, and I loved the character Angel played." -- from East Valley Tribune, Dec. 9, 2011

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