Herb Edelman

Herb Edelman

  • Highest Rated: 100% The Odd Couple (1968)
  • Lowest Rated: 14% I Love You, Alice B. Toklas (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

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

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
55% 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
70% The Front Page Schwartz 1974
No Score Yet The Strange and Deadly Occurrence Actor 1974
65% 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

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Lt. Artie Gelber Bus Driver Lt. Varick Max Hellinger
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1987
  • 1986
  • 1984
No Score Yet The Golden Girls
1985-1992
Guest Stan Zbornak Stan
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1988
  • 1987
  • 1986
  • 1985
No Score Yet MacGyver
1985-1992
Gorman
  • 1991
No Score Yet 9 to 5
1982-1988
Harry Nussbaum
  • 1983
  • 1982
No Score Yet Charlie's Angels
1976-1981
Joey January
  • 1978
No Score Yet CHiPs
1977-1983
Sanders
  • 1978
No Score Yet Kojak
1973-1978
Cohen
  • 1978
  • 1976
No Score Yet Barney Miller
1975-1982
Schuster
  • 1975
No Score Yet Happy Days
1974-1984
Burglar
  • 1975
No Score Yet Ironside
1967-1975
David
  • 1973
No Score Yet The Partridge Family
1970-1974
Coach Darby Willis
  • 1973
No Score Yet Bewitched
1964-1972
Colonel
  • 1971
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
1966-1973
Frank Mason
  • 1971

QUOTES FROM Herb Edelman CHARACTERS

Oscar Madison
My friend Murray the policeman gets a warm Pepsi.
Roy
You still didn't fix the refrigerator. It's been two weeks now - no wonder it stinks in here.
Oscar Madison
Temper, temper. If I wanted nagging, I'd go back with my wife. I'm out. Who wants food?
Murray
What do you got?
Oscar Madison
I got, uh, brown sandwiches and, uh, green sandwiches. Which one do you want?
Murray
What's the green?
Oscar Madison
It's either very new cheese or very old meat.
Murray
I'll take the brown.