HAL LINDEN (Norman, On Golden Pond) has maintained a career spanning more than 65 years with memorable roles on stage, television, and film. He made his Broadway debut in 1957 in the musical Bells Are Ringing opposite Judy Holliday and subsequently toured with the national company. He later starred in the 1962 Off-Broadway revival of Anything Goes.
To date, he has performed in more than 20 Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, and his stage credits include On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Subways Are for Sleeping, The Apple Tree, The Pajama Game, The Sisters Rosensweig, A Christmas Carol, Tuesdays With Morrie, I’m Not Rappaport, Something More, The Education of Hyman Kaplan, Three Men on a Horse, Chicago, Cabaret, The Gathering, and The Rothschilds, for which he won the 1971 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. His feature film credits include Bells Are Ringing (1960), When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder? (1979), Starflight One (1983), Out To Sea (1997) with Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon, A New Life (1988) with Alan Alda, and Time Changer in 2002.
He is perhaps best known for his portrayal of police precinct captain Barney Miller in the hit television series that aired on ABC from 1975-1982, earning him multiple Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for his work. On television, he also earned two Emmy Awards for hosting ABC’s FYI in the early 1980s and garnered a third Emmy in 1984 for his portrayal of a rabbi in The Writing On The Wall for the CBS series Schoolbreak Special. He also hosted the popular ABC children’s series Animals, Animals, Animals in the 1970s which earned numerous Emmys and the Peabody Award.
After Barney Miller, Hal starred in several more series for network television: Blacke’s Magic (1986), Jack’s Place (1992-93), and The Boys Are Back (1994). He’s had numerous guest appearances on many shows including Hot in Cleveland, Gilmore Girls, Will and Grace, The Drew Carey Show, The Nanny, The King of Queens, Touched By An Angel, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. More recently, Hal has spent considerable time traveling the country with his show, Hal Linden In Concert, a combination of songs and theatrical musings highlighting moments from his life and career.
In 2011 he released his first CD titled It’s Never Too Late. The disc, a labor of love recorded over a period of three decades, includes tracks that range from classic pop to jazz standards, Broadway and feature film tunes and favorites from the American Songbook. Hal was married for 52 years to his wife Frances, until her passing in 2010. They have four children.