Warren Berlinger

Actor
Warren Berlinger went from playing juveniles on Broadway to naive, innocent teens in films and on TV, to somewhat rotund, average joes on the small screen, sustaining a career for more than 50 years. The Brooklyn-born ... Read more »
Born: 08/30/1937 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (56)

They Call Him Sasquatch 2014 (Movie)

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Justice 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Friends 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

That Thing You Do! 1996 (Movie)

Polaroid TV Host (Actor)

The November Conspiracy 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Murder, She Wrote 1984 - 1987, 1989 - 1990, 1992 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

Picket Fences 1986 - 1987, 1992 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

Death Hits the Jackpot 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Hero 1992 (Movie)

Judge Goines (Actor)

Shades of L.A. 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Ten Little Indians 1989 (Movie)

Blore (Actor)

Going Bananas 1988 (Movie)

Palermo (Actor)

The Law and Harry McGraw 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Outlaw Force 1987 (Movie)

Captain Morgan (Actor)

Take Two 1987 (Movie)

Apartment Manager (Actor)

Free Ride 1986 (Movie)

Dean Stockwell (Actor)

Small and Frye 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

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The Other Woman 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

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Lily For President 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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The World According to Garp 1982 (Movie)

Stew Percy (Actor)

Crash Island 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

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Quick and Quiet 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

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The Cannonball Run 1981 (Movie)

Shakey Finch (Actor)

The New Operation Petticoat 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

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The Magician of Lublin 1978 (Movie)

Herman (Actor)

Shaughnessey 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Shaggy D.A. 1976 (Movie)

Dip (Actor)

Ellery Queen 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Lepke 1975 (Movie)

Gurrah Shapiro (Actor)

The Four Deuces 1975 (Movie)

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The Red Badge of Courage 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

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I Will... I Will... For Now 1974 (Movie)

Steve Martin (Actor)

The Girl Most Likely To... 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

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The Secret Storm 1953 - 1974 (TV Show)

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A Touch of Grace 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

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The Long Goodbye 1973 (Movie)

Morgan (Actor)

Keeping Up With the Joneses 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

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The Funny Side 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

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The Funny Side 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

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Thunder Alley 1967 (Movie)

Eddie Sands (Actor)

Spinout 1966 (Movie)

Philip Short (Actor)

Kilroy 1964 - 1965 (TV Show)

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Billie 1964 (Movie)

Mike Benson (Actor)

All Hands on Deck 1961 (Movie)

Ensign Rush (Actor)

Because They're Young 1960 (Movie)

Buddy (Actor)

Platinum High School 1960 (Movie)

Crip Hastings (Actor)

The Wackiest Ship in the Army 1960 (Movie)

Sparks (Actor)

Blue Denim 1958 (Movie)

Ernie (Actor)

The Alcoa Hour 1955 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

Teenage Rebel 1956 (Movie)

Dick Hewitt (Actor)

Three Brave Men 1956 (Movie)

Harry Goldsmith (Actor)

Another Pretty Face (TV Show)

Actor

Sex and the Single Parent (TV Show)

Actor

Wanted: The Sundance Woman (TV Show)

Actor

What Price Victory (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Warren Berlinger went from playing juveniles on Broadway to naive, innocent teens in films and on TV, to somewhat rotund, average joes on the small screen, sustaining a career for more than 50 years. The Brooklyn-born actor first appeared on Broadway in 1946, playing various kid roles in the Ethel Merman vehicle, "Annie Get Your Gun." He graduated into teen roles in "The Happy Time" (1951), "Bernadine" (1952), and "Blue Denim" (1958). In the latter, Berlinger had the role of Ernie, the friend of the lad who impregnates his girlfriend, a role he reprised in the 1959 feature film.

Even at age 24, in 1961, Berlinger was still playing wide-eyed youths, this time as the younger brother Buddy in the Broadway production of Neil Simon's "Come Blow Your Horn." Two years later, he made his London stage debut playing Finch, the junior executive, in the West End production of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying". He did try a role of a different sort, essaying the title character in a summer stock stage version of "Tom Jones" in 1965. But subsequent theater work tapered off as the actor had settled in Hollywood, where he divided his time between films and TV. Berlinger has accrued credits in more than 1,000 episodes and TV-movies, dating from his small screen debut in an episode of "The Alcoa Hour" in 1951. From 1954-57, he was a regular on the CBS soap opera "The Secret Storm". Once settled in California, Berlinger played the kid brother on the first season of "The Joey Bishop Show" (NBC, 1961-62), had the title role of "Kilroy" in six segments of NBC's "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color" and was a regular on the short-lived "The Funny Side" (NBC, 1971). In 1973, he played son-in-law to Shirley Booth in the short-lived but very sweet series, "A Touch of Grace" and went on to appear on "The New Operation Petticoat" (NBC, 1978-83) and on "Small & Frye" (CBS, 1983).

Throughout this period, Berlinger was also making guest appearances on countless other series and appearing in such TV longforms as "The Girl Most Likely To..." (ABC, 1973), "The Red Badge of Courage" (NBC, 1974), in a rare dramatic role as a wiser soldier aiding Richard Thomas, and "What Price Victory" (ABC, 1988).

Berlinger first appeared in feature films playing the clean-cut teen who doesn't get the girl in "Teenage Rebel" (1956), but he did get another member of the cast, his future wife, Betty Lou Keim. He was an earnest young recruit in "The Wackiest Ship in the Army" (1960), beau to track star Patty Duke in "Billie" (1965) and took a nasty turn as Jewish gangster Gurrah Shapiro, a member of Murder, Inc., in "Lepke" (1974). He was wasted playing another Jewish character in "The Magician of Lublin" (1978) but fared better as the judge in Stephen Frears' "Hero" (1992).

Relationships

Frieda Berlinger

Mother

Elias Berlinger

Father

Betty Keim

Wife
married February 18, 1960 appeared with Berlinger in "Teenage Rebel" (1956)

EDUCATION

Columbia University

New York , New York

Milestones

1992

Played the judge in "Hero"

1983

Had regular role on the series "Small & Frye" (CBS)

1973

Co-starred with Shirley Booth in the ABC sitcom "A Touch of Grace"

1970

Returned to series TV on NBC's "The Funny Side"

1965

Had title role of "Kilroy" in the six segment series that aired as part of NBC's "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color"

1963

Made London stage debut as Finch in "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying"

1961

Co-starred on Broadway in "Come Blow Your Horn"

1960

Was TV series regular on "The Joey Bishop Show" (NBC)

1956

Film debut, "Teenage Rebel"

1954

Was regular on the CBS soap opera "The Secret Storm"

1951

Made TV episodic debut and went on to appear in more than 1,000 episodes of TV longforms

1946

Broadway debut in "Annie Get Your Gun"

Appeared in the NBC sitcom "The New Operation Petticoat"

Bonus Trivia

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Berlinger was honorary mayor of Chatsworth, an area of the northwest portion of the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, for four years.

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