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Judd Hirsch

Judd stars as "Allan Eppes" on CBS's new drama "Numb3rs". Hirsch grew up in New York and studied engineering at the City College of New York and architecture at Cooper Union before studying acting at New York's American Academy of Dramatic Arts and HB Studio. Hirsch is probably best known for his portrayal of Alex Rieger in the classic television series "Taxi," a role which garnered him two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series and nominations during every season of the show's run. Hirsch also starred as John Lacey in the series "Dear John," for which he won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Comedy, before starring opposite Bob Newhart in the comedy series "George and Leo" on CBS. Hirsch's eclectic resume of film credits includes "King of the Gypsies," "Ordinary People," which garnered him an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor, "Without a Trace," "Teachers," "Independence Day" and "Man on the Moon." Hirsch's Broadway theater credits include Neil Simon's "Barefoot in the Park," "Knock Knock," Neil Simon's "Chapter Two," "Talley's Folley" (Tony and Drama Desk award nominations), "I'm Not Rapaport" (Tony Award winner), Conversations With My Father" (Tony Award Winner and Outer Circle Critics Award Winner), "A Thousand Clowns" and "Art." Judd Hirsch was born on March 15, 1935 in Bronx, New York. His father was electrician and his mother was a homemaker. He married to Bonnie Chalkin ( from 1992-present) and they have daughter Montana Eve Hirsch ( born March 1994). He also has a son Alex Hirsch (b. 1966) from previous marriage.

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Alex Reiger, played by Judd Hirsch , is the only career cabby at the Sunshine Cab Company. He's also the oldest guy in the bunch, and probably the smartest one as well.

Judd Hirsch received 3 Emmy awards and 2 nominations, as well as 5 Golden Globe nominations for his role in Taxi.

He named his character in Taxi after his son, Alex.

He was Academy Award nominted in 1980 for Best supporting actor in "Ordinary People".

Judd had the lead role in the 80s sitcom "Dear John".

He has appeared in recent movies like "Independence Day" and "A Beautiful Mind".

Judd Hirsch stars in the new crime drama series 'Numb3rs'

This new show from CBS is inspired by actual cases and experiences, "Numb3rs" depicts the confluence of police work and mathematics in solving crime. The story of an FBI agent played by Rob Morrow who recruits his mathematical genius brother played by David Krumholtz to help solve a wide range of challenging crimes in Los Angeles.
Rob Morrow stars as FBI agent Don Eppes, who recruits his mathematical genius brother, Charlie (David Krumholtz), to help the Bureau solve a wide range of challenging crimes in Los Angeles. From two very different perspectives, the brothers take on the most confounding criminal cases, aided by Don's partner, Terry Lake (Sabrina Lloyd), and new FBI recruit David Sinclair (Alimi Ballard). Although their father, Alan (Judd Hirsch), is pleased to see his sons working together, he fears their competitive nature will lead to trouble. Charlie's colleague, physicist Dr. Larry Fleinhardt (Peter MacNicol), urges Charlie to focus more on his university studies than on FBI business. Inspired by actual events, NUMB3RS depicts how the confluence of police work and mathematics provides unexpected revelations and answers to the most perplexing criminal questions.

Judd Hirsch : He Drew Us Into His World Of Illusion, Then Made Us Ask , What If...?

Andy Kaufman, January 17th, 1949--May 16th, 1984

Andy Kaufman was a unique animal. He walked upright like a man, but somehow I never thought of him as a definite physical being - one that had volume or shape or any spatially measurable proportions. Any attempt to describe him pyschologically or emotionally would likewise fall short of the mark. And it would be senseless and utterly meaningless to try and compare Andy to other performers, personalities, humorists or, for that matter, other Homo sapiens. He was of the species, that much I can say with certainty, but a type heretofore unknown to me. In short, I had never met anyone like him, and I don't really expect to ever again.

I miss him already. He intriqued me every time I saw him during the entire five-year run of Taxi. And even during the off-season, when I didn't see him, he kept me wondering and fascinated. I can't say that I knew Andy Kaufman well enough to tell you what his dreams were, or whether he had a philosophy, or what moved him deeply. I can only attest to his singular effect on this civilization and, in particular, my own life and consciousness.

Many thought Andy was reclusive, difficult, even downright ornery. But I think those were the knee-jerk reactions people have to an easily misunderstood presence, to a special kind of genius. Here again I have trouble with description: His genius was not easily discernible by what he did, not even at the moment he did it, but more by his way of creating in you seemingly annoying but ultimately profound questions: "Why would anyone do this?" "Why is this funny?" "What are we being subjected to here?" His genius was something akin to what I can only describe as designless illusion. That's what he was after, and that's what he was good at.

I remember his introducing the Morman Tabernacle Choir onstage at the Huntington Hartford Theater in Los Angeles a few years back. I knew it wasn't really them - it couldn't be the real Morman Tabernacle Choir - but there they were, in full purple regalia, chanting the sound of what we thought we knew was the Morman Tabernacle Choir. Of course, they couldn't be, certainly not the actual, not the authentic Morman Tabernacle Choir, yet the question was unavoidable: "What if they were?"

Then Andy introduced "the Rockettes." And there they were - "the Rockettes"! But they weren't the Rockettes at all. Yet they filled the stage and kicked their Rockette-like legs in the air and held forth in such Rockette-like style that the only real effect left in you was the simple but gnawing question: "What if they were?" What if...? The ultimate question that propels performers, visionaries and illusionists into the most inspired aspects of their professions: What if...?

In his usual innocence, Andy was inviting us to experience with him, in a very challenging and present-tense way, this big "What if...?" We went along with it because it was Andy's illusion, in its most innocent terms, that drew us out to our own limit of possible belief - our own inner attraction to the "What if...?"

Finally, when he invited the whole audience out for "milk and cookies" after the "concert" we could only be left in a state of wonder (and warm suspicion) as to the meaning of this gesture. I remember thinking, "What will this obviously metaphorical invitation turn out to be once we hit the streets?" Imagine how surprised and delighted and ultimately charmed out of our pants we were, when at least fifteen buses showed up outside the theater to take us to our midnight snack.

The illusion became real, and we were once again gently, yet purposefully, invited into an illusionist's world - in this case, for a clear demonstration of the simplicity of friendliness.

On the other hand, I can recall getting so angry and incensed at Andy Kaufman (or, more accurately, at one of his alter egos, of which there was a plentiful supply) that I found myself physically removing him from a soundstage during a rehearsal. Yet it was during that brief but decisive act that I first experienced the Kaufman principle of "What if...?" I was, I thought, ejecting Andy Kaufman, but it was only Andy in the flesh - believe me, it was actually his manufacture, this illusion of his that I was grappling with and propelling toward the soundstage door. You see, there wasn't a trace of real belligerence or real orneriness or real bad feeling in the entire event. Just innocence and a benign invitation to an unmistakably peaceful experience of sheer audaciousness.

Andy loved to act - I know because I acted with him - but that wasn't his profession. Make no mistake, he was a professional - but his amateur standing remained intact.

Andy's gift was not his talent or his skills - it was his genius, the genius of what he dared.
And he was a humorist, but his humor was more a lightness of air than any comic design (or delivery). But to be absolutely accurate, Andy Kaufman was amused. He was so amused by his own characters that I believe most people who did not know him or his illusionistic process thought him a little bent. You see, Andy's gift was not his talent or his skills - it was his genius, the genius of what he dared. His was a rare spirit - an indomitable one. He gave himself the right to fail - and much more courageously than most.

Yes, Andy Kaufman was a unique animal.

Judd Hirsch and Andy Kaufman starred together in "Taxi." The cast, Andy used to say, was his "family".


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