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Hal Linden

Hal Linden (born March 20, 1931) is an American stage and television actor and television director, best known for his role in the television comedy series Barney Miller and as presenter on the ABC educational series Animals, Animals, Animals. Linden was born Harold Lipshitz in New York City, the son of Frances (née Rosen) and Charles Lipshitz, a printer. Raised in The Bronx, Linden graduated from Manhattan's School of Performing Arts. He began his career as a saxophonist, clarinetist and dance band singer with bandleaders Sammy Kaye, Bobby Sherwood], and others in the 1950s. He and his violist brother Bernie took their stage names from a gas storage tank in where the town's name, Linden, New Jersey, was written in huge letters. He became a staple of Broadway upon succeeding Sydney Chaplin in Bells Are Ringing in 1958, and made a further breakthrough on the New York stage in 1962 when he was cast as Billy Crocker in the revival of Cole Porter's Anything Goes. He went on to a successful stage career, winning a Tony Award for his performance in the musical The Rothschilds (1971). Shortly thereafter, he landed the starring role in the ABC television police comedy Barney Miller

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The 79-year-old resurfaced at some event in L.A. on Monday, looking chaste.Hal's real name is Harold Lipshitz.Linden is a spokesperson for the Jewish National Fund. READ MORE >

'Barney Miller': 'Memba Him?

'Barney Miller': 'Memba Him?

Hal Linden is famous for playing the title character in the '70s TV series "Barney Miller." Guess what he looks like now! READ MORE >

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