Judd Hirsch is an actor best known for his portrayal of Alex Rieger on the TV series Taxi. He has also had roles in a number of other films and TV shows, including Man on the Moon, Independence Day, and A Beautiful Mind.

Judd Hirsch was born on March 15, 1935 around 7:20 AM EST in the Bronx, New York and grew up in New York City. He attended DeWitt Clinton High School and then City College of New York where he majored in physics and engineering and Cooper Union where he studied architecture. Over time he became more interested in theater and after studying at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and working for a Colorado stock company he began his stage career at the Woodstock Playhouse in Woodstock, New York as Murray Burns in Herb Gardner's A Thousand Clowns. He debuted on Broadway in 1966 in Barefoot in the Park as a comic telephone man. After spending a number of years at New York's Circle Repertory and appearing in the first production of Lanford Wilson's The Hot L Baltimore, he landed the role of Murray Stone in the TV movie called The Law. His work in The Law landed him the title role in the weekly drama Delvecchio from 1976-1977. He played the role he is best known for, Alex Rieger from Taxi, from 1978-1982 and spent time in off-Broadway plays. His work since includes Man on the Moon, Independence Day, A Beautiful Mind, Brotherly Love, She Said No, and Out of the Cold.

As for his personal life, Judd was married for one year in the fifties and married Bonnie Chalkin in 1992. With Bonnie he had a daughter, Montana Eve Hirsch, in 1994 and he also has a son, Alexander Hirsch, who was born in 1966.

Judd won Best Actor Emmies in 1981 and 1983 for Taxi, a Tony Award in 1986 for I'm Not Rappaport, an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in 1980 for his work in Ordinary People, a Golden Globe for Best Actor in 1988 for Dear John, and a Tony Award in 1992 for Conversations With My Father.


Sources:
http://us.imdb.com/Bio?Hirsch,+Judd
http://www.rollingstone.com/mv_people/bio.asp?oid=1829638
http://www.hollywood.com/celebs/bio/celeb/344608
http://www.tvland.com/shows/taxi/actor5.jhtml
http://www.bahnhof.co.uk/art/past_cast/Hirsch_Thomas_Morton/juddhirsch.htm

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