Judd Hirsch, 85, is a Primetime Emmy Award-winning actor from the United States who is best known for playing Alex Reiger’s character in the American sitcom “Taxi” from 1978 to 1983. He is also a recipient of the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series. He is also well-known for his parts in films such as “Dear John,” “Numb3rs,” “Ordinary People,” “Independence Day,” and “A Beautiful Mind,” among others (2001).
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Judd Seymore Hirsch was born on the 15th March 1935, under the zodiac sign of Pisces, in the New York City, USA, as one of the two sons of Joseph Sidney and Sally Hirsch, both of whom worked as electricians. He is white in ethnic origin and an American citizen but also descended from Dutch, German-Jewish, and English ancestors via his father and from Russian ancestors through his mother.
Judd graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School in 1952 and then attended City College of New York, where he achieved a degree in physics.
Upon graduation, Hirsch enlisted in the United States Army and started his job as a Westinghouse Electric Company engineer following his service.
Profssion And Award
Judd received acting training from The Herbert Berghof Studio in the late 1960s and began his career in acting in the early 1970s, honing his skills through a string of small-screen appearances before landing the lead role of Sgt. Dominick Delvecchio in the television crime drama series “Delvecchio,” which he reprised for a second time from 1976 to 1977. Alex Reiger, a recurring character on the television comedy series “Taxi,” became one of his most remembered roles when he was placed in it in 1978.
He featured in 114 episodes over the following few years, until 1983, throughout the show’s five-season run. The series, still hailed as ‘one of the most celebrated television ensemble comedies,’ won four prestigious Golden Globe Awards. At the same time, Judd earned five Golden Globe nominations and three nominations, and two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his outstanding performances.
Hirsch garnered an Oscar nod and a Golden Globe nomination for his performance as Berger in Robert Redford’s 1980 Oscar-winning drama film “Ordinary People.”
Throughout the remainder of the 1980s, Judd added several notable appearances to his professional resume, including the films “Without a Trace” (1983), “Teachers,” and the Oscar-nominated crime drama “Running on Empty” (1988), as well as popular television series such as “Detective in the House” and “Dear John,” for which he received a Golden Globe Award in 1989.
Judd was married to Elisa Sadaune from 1956 until 1967, with whom he had his first child, a son called Alexander, born in 1966. Alexander is a musician, singer, composer, and producer. Judd was married to a fashion designer named Bonni Sue Chalkin from 1992 until 2005, with whom he had a daughter called Montana and a boy named London. Hirsch has anisocoria, a disease characterized by uneven-sized pupils.
In early 2020, trustworthy sources predict that Judd Hirsch’s net worth will have risen to more than $12 million. This fortune has been collected throughout his almost 50-year professional acting career, during which he has amassed more than 90 acting credits.