Who is Judd Hirsch?

Judd Hirsch is the 85-year-old Primetime Emmy Award-winning American actor, who is probably still best known for starring in the role of Alex Reiger in the American sitcom “Taxi” between 1978 and 1983. He is also widely recognized for his appearances in other series such as “Dear John” and “Numb3rs”, as well as in movies “Ordinary People”(1980), “Independence Day”(1996) and “A Beautiful Mind”(2001).

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Early Life, Childhood and Education

Judd Seymore Hirsch was born under the zodiac sign of Pisces on the 15th March 1935, in the New York City’s borough of The Bronx, USA, one of two sons of Sally and Joseph Sidney Hirsch, as electrician. He is of white ethnicity and American nationality, while also being of Dutch, German-Jewish and English ancestry through his father, and of Russian descent through his mother’s side.

In 1952 Judd matriculated from DeWitt Clinton High School, after which he continued his education at City College of New York from which he graduated, obtaining a degree in physics.

Upon graduation, Hirsch joined the US Army, and after completing his service, began his career as a Westinghouse Electric Company engineer.


Judd later received his acting training from The Herbert Berghof Studio in the late 1960s, then began his acting career in the early 1970s, honing his skills through a streak of small screen appearances, before landing the leading role of Sgt. Dominick Delvecchio in the TV crime drama series “Delvecchio” which he reprised between 1976 and 1977. In 1978 he was cast for one of the most iconic roles in his acting career, the recurring role of Alex Reiger in the television comedy series “Taxi”.

During the course of the next several years ’til 1983, he appeared in a total of 114 episodes through the show’s five-seasons-long run. The series, which is still praised as one ‘of the most celebrated television ensemble comedies‘, won four prestigious Golden Globes Awards, while Judd for his great performances, was honored with five Golden Globes’ nominations as well as three nominations and two Primetime Emmy Awards for the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.

For appearing as Berger in Robert Redford’s 1980 Oscar-winning drama movie “Ordinary People”, Hirsch earned an Oscar nomination as well as a Golden Globe nomination.

Through the rest of the 1980s era, Judd added several more notable appearances to his professional portfolio, including movies “Without a Trace” (1983), “Teachers” and Oscar-nominated crime drama film “Running on Empty” (1988), as well as popular TV series such as “Detective in the House” and “Dear John”, for which he was honored with a Golden Globe Award in 1989.

In 1996 he appeared opposite Will Smith, Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum in the Oscar-winning Sci-Fi action adventure film “Independence Day”, while between 1997 and 1998, alongside Bob Newhart, Judd starred as Leo Wagonman in the TV comedy series “George & Leo”.

Judd Hirsch

In 1999, Hirsch appeared in Milos Forman’s Golden Globe-winning biographical drama movie “Man on the Moon”, while in 2001 he starred opposite Russell Crowe and Ed Harris in the Oscar-winning biographical drama film “A Beautiful Mind”, for which he was honored with nominations for the Awards Circuit Community Awards (ACCA), as well as the Screen Actors Guild Award. After portraying Baxter Binder in “Regular Joe” TV series in 2003, between 2005 and 2010 Hirsch starred in the recurring role of Alan Eppes in the CBS’ television crime drama series “Numb3rs”.

During the 2010s, Judd Hirsch added several big screen appearances to his abundant portfolio, including critically praised movies such as “Polish Bar” (2010), “This Must Be the Place” (2011), “Altered Minds” (2013) and more recently “Uncut Gems” (2019). Additionally, he had a vast number of memorable recurring roles in TV series, including “Damages”, “Small Miracles”, “Forever” as well as “Maron”, “Superior Donuts” and “The Goldbergs”.

Apart from the abovementioned, Hirsch also made several guest appearances in popular TV series, such as in “The Big Bang Theory”, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”, “Family Guy” and “God Friended Me” among plenty of others.

Personal Life

From 1956 to 1967, Judd was married to Elisa Sadaune, with whom he welcomed his first child, a son named Alexander born in 1966, who is a musician, songwriter, composer and producer. Between 1992 and 2005, Hirsch was married to fashion designer Bonni Sue Chalkin, with whom he welcomed a daughter named Montana, and a son named London.

Hirsch is suffering from anisocoria, a condition which causes unequal sized pupils.

Net Worth

According authoritative sources, it is estimated that as of early 2020, the total of Judd Hirsch’s net worth revolves around quite an impressive sum of more than $12 million, acquired through his professional acting career that currently spans almost 50 years, during which he’s accumulated over 90 acting credits.


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