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Maxwell Trowbridge "Max" Gail, Jr. (born 5 April 1943) is an American actor who has starred in stage, television, and film roles. He is best known for his television role as Det. Stan "Wojo" Wojciehowicz from the sitcom Barney Miller.

Life and career

Gail was born in Detroitmarker, Michigan, the son of Mary Elizabeth (Scanlon) and Maxwell Trowbridge Gail, a businessman. He was raised in Grosse Ile, Michiganmarker. He was a teacher at the prestigious University Liggett School before becoming an actor. His acting debut came in 1970 at The Little Fox Theatre in San Francisco, Californiamarker, playing Chief Bromden in the original stage production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. In 1973, he reprised this role in his New Yorkmarker stage debut. (The 1975 film version starring Jack Nicholson featured Will Sampson as The "Chief".)

He is best known for his television role as Det. Stan "Wojo" Wojciehowicz from the sitcom Barney Miller (1975). (In 1995, Gail guest-starred on an episode of Home Improvement as a police detective.) Gail's best known feature film role is in D.C. Cab (1983) as Harold, the owner of the D.C. Cab taxi company. He recently had a lead role as Grandpa Jack in the film Tillamook Treasure.

In 1984, Gail was featured in the monodrama "The Babe", on Broadway. This stage play was filmed and later featured on PBS.

Gail has starred in other TV series, including Whiz Kids (1983) as "Llewellan Farley, Jr.", and in the short-lived Normal Life (1990). He has also appeared on the TV series Sons & Daughters (2006).

Gail has made many guest appearances on TV shows, including Cannon, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, Due South, The Streets of San Francisco, The Drew Carey Show, Quantum Leap, Gary Unmarried and NCIS.

Gail runs Full Circle, a production company which has done documentaries on such subjects as Agent Orange, Native Americans, Defenestration and nuclear issues.

Gail's first wife, Willie Bier, died of cancer in 1986; they had a daughter, India. He and his second wife, Nan, have two children. Gail has a twin sister, actress Mary Gail.




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