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Judd Hirsch (born March 15, 1935) is an American actor known for playing the characters Alex Reiger on the television comedy series Taxi and Alan Eppes on the current CBS series Numb3rs.

Personal life

Hirsch was born in the Bronx, New Yorkmarker, the son of Sally (née Kitzis) and Joseph Sidney Hirsch, an electrician. Hirsch was raised in a Jewish family and his father was an immigrant from Russiamarker. Hirsch attended De Witt Clinton High School and later earned a college degree from the City College of New Yorkmarker in physics. He was married to his first wife from 1956 to 1958. He married Bonni Sue Chalkin in 1992 and divorced her in 2003. Hirsch has two children: Alexander and Montana.


For his performance in Taxi, in 1981 and again in 1983, Judd Hirsch won the Emmy Award for Lead Actor In a Comedy Series. Hirsch went on to play the title character on the modestly successful sitcom Dear John and in 1989 won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Series in a Comedy or Musical for this role. He later teamed with Bob Newhart in the short-lived comedy George and Leo. He had also previously starred for one season in the series Delvecchio, playing a police detective (1976-1977).

In motion pictures, Hirsch received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in 1980s Ordinary People. Other films in the 1980s include the 1983 drama Without a Trace, the 1984 dramedies Teachers and The Goodbye People, and the 1988 drama Running on Empty directed by Sidney Lumet and co-starring River Phoenix. In 1996 Hirsch portrayed the father of Jeff Goldblum's character in Independence Day, and in 2001 he appeared in the acclaimed A Beautiful Mind.

Hirsch has co-starred since 2005 on the CBS Television drama NUMB3RS as Alan Eppes, father of FBI agent Don Eppes (Rob Morrow) and Professor Charlie Eppes (David Krumholtz). Hirsch and Krumholtz also played father and son in Conversations with My Father, a Herb Gardner play for which Hirsch won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play. Krumholtz credits Hirsch with jump-starting his career after Hirsch chose him during the audition process for Conversations. Other noteworthy stage performances include The Hot l Baltimore, Talley's Folley, and his starring role in I'm Not Rappaport, in which Hirsch also won a Tony Award in 1986.

More recently, Hirsch has guest-starred on episodes of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and Law & Order: SVU, among others, and lent his voice to the animated programs Family Guy and American Dad! In 1999, he reprised his role from Taxi for a brief moment in Man on the Moon, the biopic film of his co-star from Taxi, Andy Kaufman (portrayed by Jim Carrey).


Year Film Role Notes
1971 Jump aka Fury on Wheels
1973 Serpico Cop Uncredited
1974 The Law Murray Stone TV
1975 The Law Murray Stone TV Mini-Series
Fear on Trial Saul TV
Medical Story Dr. Joe Dempsey TV - 1 episode
The Legend of Valentino Jack Auerbach TV
1976 The Keegans Lieutenant Marco Ciardi TV
Visions Joe Morris TV - 1 episode
Delvecchio Sergeant Dominick Delvecchio TV - 22 episodes - 1976-1977
1977 Rhoda Mike TV - 2 episodes
1978 King of the Gypsies Groffo
Taxi Alex Rieger TV - 114 episodes - 1978-1983
1979 Sooner or Later Bob Walters TV
The Halloween That Almost Wasn't Count Dracula TV - aka The Night Dracula Saved the World
1980 Marriage Is Alive and Well Herb Rollie TV
The Last Resort TV - 1 episode
Ordinary People Dr. Tyrone C. Berger
1981 The Robert Klein Show TV
1983 Lights: The Miracle of Chanukah TV
Without a Trace Al Menetti
1984 The Goodbye People Arthur Korman
Teachers Roger Rubell
1985 Detective in the House Press Wyman TV
First Steps Dr. Jerrold Petrofsky TV
Brotherly Love Ben Ryder/Harry Brand TV
1988 Running on Empty Arthur Pope/Paul Manfield
The Great Escape II: The Untold Story Capt. David Matthews TV
Dear John John Lacey TV - 74 episodes - 1988-1992
1990 She Said No Martin Knapek TV
1991 The American Experience TV - 1 episode - Voice Only
1994 Betrayal of Trust Dr. Jules Masserman TV
1996 Independence Day Julius Levinson
Caroline in the City Ben Karinsky TV - 1 episode
1997 Color of Justice Sam Lind TV
George & Leo Leo Wagonman TV - 3 episodes
1999 Rocky Marciano Al Weill TV
Out of the Cold Leon Axelrod
Man on the Moon Actor in Taxi Recreation uncredited
2000 Welcome to New York Dr. Bob TV - 1 episode
2001 Family Law Daniel Bonner TV - 1 episode
A Beautiful Mind Helinger
2002 Philly Rabbi Nathan Wexler TV - 1 episode
2003 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dr. Judah Platner TV - 1 episode
Regular Joe Baxter Binder TV - 5 episodes
Street Time Shimi Goldman TV - 1 episode
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Ben Elkins TV - 1 episode
Who Killed the Federal Theatre Narrator TV
2004 Zeyda and the Hitman Gideon Schub
2005 Numb3rs Alan Eppes TV - 101 episodes - 2005-2009
2006 Brother's Shadow Leo Groden
Tom Goes to the Mayor Prisoner TV - 1 episode - Voice
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip Wes Mendell TV - 1 episode
2009 American Dad! Rabbi TV - 2 episodes - Voice


  1. Emmy Awards Official Website
  2. Golden Globe Official Website, 1989 awards.
  3. Tony Awards Official Website

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