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Herb Edelman



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT 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 Special Olympics
  • Actor
1978
No Score Yet Charge of the Model T's
  • Actor
1977
No Score Yet Big John, Little John
  • Actor
1976
80% Hearts Of The West (Hollywood Cowboy)
  • Polo
1975
45% The Yakuza
  • Wheat
1975
73% The Front Page
  • Schwartz
1974
No Score Yet The Strange and Deadly Occurrence
  • Actor
1974
63% 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
17% I Love You, Alice B. Toklas
  • Murray
1968
100% The Odd Couple
  • Murray
1968
75% In Like Flint
  • Russian Premier
1967
87% Barefoot in the Park
  • Telephone Man
1967

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet CHiPs
1977-1983
  • Sanders
No Score Yet MacGyver
1985-1992
  • Gorman

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