Bronx-‐born actor Judd Hirsch attended CCNY, where he majored in engineering and physics. A blossoming fascination with theatre convinced Hirsch that his future lay in acting. He studied at the AADA and at the famed HB Studios in NY before making his 1966 Broadway debut in Barefoot in the Park. He spent many years at New York’s Circle Repertory, where he appeared in the first-‐ever production of Lanford Wilson’s The Hot L Baltimore. After an auspicious TV-‐movie bow in the Emmy winning The Law (1974), Hirsch landed his first weekly-‐series, playing the title character in the detective drama Delvecchio (1976-‐77). From 1978 to 1982, he was “Alex Reiger” in one of the most celebrated television ensemble comedies-‐ Taxi, earning two Emmys in the process.
While occupied with Taxi, Hirsch continued his stage career with an Off-‐Broadway production of Lanford Wilson’s Talley’s Folly, earning him an Obie award and subsequently moving to the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles and finally to Broadway, where he was nominated both for a Tony and Drama Desk Award. He was honored subsequently with two Tony Awards for his Broadway efforts in Herb Gardner’s I’m Not Rappoport and Conversations with My Father. His TV career continued with a Golden Globe-‐winning turn as “John Lacey” in Dear John (1988-‐92), Grocer and Leo (with Bob Newhart), Numb3rs, and in the 4th and 5th seasons of the critically acclaimed series Damages with Glenn Close. Last year he starred in the TNT movie, Silent Witness.
On the feature front, Judd was nominated for an Oscar for his iconic performance as Tim Hutton’s psychiatrist in the Academy award nominated feature Ordinary People. He played Russell Crowe’s mathematics mentor in another Oscar winning film, A Beautiful Mind and was seen as Jeff Goldblum’s father in the movie blockbuster Independence Day. Recently he starred with Sean Penn in This Must Be the Place, the first English language film by famed director Paulo Sorrentino, which was well noticed at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. His other films include King of the Gypsies, Without a Trace, Teachers, The Goodbye People, Running on Empty and Tower Heist. But he’s kept his love of theatre alive as both actor and director, starring in and directing productions of Yazmina Reza’s Art at places as far and wide as Broadway, Seattle, Miami, New Jersey and Ogunquit, Maine.