|Birthplace:||Bronx, NY, USA|
Son of Joseph Sidney Hirsch and Sarah Kitzis
|Managed by:||Kenneth Kwame Welsh|
About Judd Hirsch
Judd Hirsch (born March 15, 1935) is an American actor most known for playing Alex Rieger on the television comedy series Taxi, John Lacey on the NBC series Dear John, and Alan Eppes on the CBS series Numb3rs.
Hirsch was born in the Bronx, New York, the son of Sally (née Kitzis) and Joseph Sidney Hirsch, an electrician. Hirsch was raised Jewish, and his father was born in New York City, as was his father, Benjamin. Hirsch attended De Witt Clinton High School and later earned a college degree from the City College of New York in physics. He was married to his first wife from 1956 to 1958. He married Bonni Sue Chalkin in 1992 and divorced her in 2003. Hirsch has three children: Alexander, born 1966, Montana Eve born in the 90's and London, his youngest son.
His first major television appearance was in a mini series titled, THE LAW, which springboarded Judd's career in 1974. For his performance in Taxi, in 1981 and again in 1983, Judd Hirsch won the Emmy Award for Lead Actor In a Comedy Series. Hirsch went on to play the title character on the modestly successful sitcom Dear John and in 1989 won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Series in a Comedy or Musical for this role. He later teamed with Bob Newhart in the short-lived comedy George and Leo. He had also previously starred for one season in the series Delvecchio, playing a police detective (1976–1977).
In motion pictures, Hirsch received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in 1980s Ordinary People. Other films in the 1980s include the 1983 drama Without a Trace, the 1984 dramedies Teachers and The Goodbye People, and the 1988 drama Running on Empty directed by Sidney Lumet and co-starring River Phoenix. In 1996 Hirsch portrayed the father of Jeff Goldblum's character in Independence Day, and in 2001 he appeared in the acclaimed A Beautiful Mind.