Herb Edelman

Highest Rated: 100% The Odd Couple (1968)
Birthday: Nov 5, 1933
Birthplace: Not Available
If character actor Herb Edelman was one of the more successful stage and screen purveyors of "Everyman" roles, it was probably because he'd held down an astonishing array of meat-and-potato jobs before settling into acting. Edelman studied to be a veterinarian at Cornell University, but left during the first year. He took a tentative stab at journalism before toiling as an Armed Forces radio operator and announcer. While stationed in the Far East, Edelman entertained the notion of becoming a "Jewish Buddhist." He returned to his hometown to attend Brooklyn College, dropped out to become a hotel manager, was briefly the "straight" half of a comedy team, worked in advertising, drove a hack, and dropped back into college. Finally turning to acting full time in summer stock, Edelman began picking up small roles in New York productions, including the scene-stealing exhausted delivery man inNeil Simon's Barefoot in the Park (1965), a role he recreated for the 1967 film version. Forming strong bonds with both Simon and with Barefoot star Robert Redford, Edelman would later appear in Simon's The Odd Couple and California Suite, and in the Redford/Barbara Streisand vehicle The Way We Were (1973). In 1968, Edelman co-starred with Bob Denver in the two-season TV sitcom The Good Guys. Nine years later, he starred as one-half of the title role in the weekly TV comedy/fantasy Big John, Little John (Robbie Rist was the "Little" one). Other TV series featuring Herb Edelman on a regular or recurring basis included Ladies Man, 9 to 5, Strike Force and Murder She Wrote. Fans of the sitcom The Golden Girls may remember Edelman for playing Stanley, Bea Arthur's irksome ex-husband. Edelman died of emphysema at the Motion Picture Hospital in Los Angeles on July 21, 1996; he was 62.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Naked Truth Actor 1992
No Score Yet Cracking Up Dr. Jonas Pletchick 1983
No Score Yet Shooting Stars Actor 1983
No Score Yet On the Right Track Sam 1981
No Score Yet Strike Force Actor 1981
No Score Yet Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro haru no yume (Tora-san's Dream of Spring) Actor 1980
No Score Yet Marathon Actor 1980
No Score Yet A Cry for Love Actor 1980
57% California Suite Harry Michaels 1978
No Score Yet Goin' Coconuts Sid 1978
No Score Yet Charge of the Model T's Actor 1977
No Score Yet Big John, Little John Actor 1976
83% Hearts Of The West (Hollywood Cowboy) Polo 1975
57% The Yakuza Wheat 1975
68% The Front Page Schwartz 1974
No Score Yet The Strange and Deadly Occurrence Actor 1974
64% The Way We Were Bill Verso 1973
No Score Yet Steambath Bieberman 1973
No Score Yet The War Between Men and Women Howard Mann 1972
14% I Love You, Alice B. Toklas Murray 1968
100% The Odd Couple Murray 1968
83% Barefoot in the Park Telephone Man 1967
71% In Like Flint Russian Premier 1967


No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
Lt. Artie Gelber Bus Driver Lt. Varick Max Hellinger
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1987
  • 1986
  • 1984
No Score Yet The Golden Girls
Stan Zbornak Stan
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1987
  • 1985
No Score Yet MacGyver
  • 1991
No Score Yet Charlie's Angels
Joey January
  • 1978
No Score Yet CHiPs
  • 1978
No Score Yet Kojak
  • 1978
  • 1976
No Score Yet Barney Miller
  • 1975
No Score Yet Happy Days
  • 1975
No Score Yet The Partridge Family
Coach Darby Willis
  • 1973
No Score Yet Bewitched
  • 1971
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
Frank Mason
  • 1971