• Judd Hirsch is an 85-year-old Primetime Emmy Award-winning American actor
• He is best known for his role in the sitcom "Taxi" and his roles in other series such as "Dear John" and "Numb3rs"
• He has an extensive filmography, including the films "Ordinary People"(1980), "Independence Day"(1996) and "A Beautiful Mind"(2001)
• He has been married twice and has three children
• His estimated net worth is around $12 million

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Short Info

Net WorthUS $12 Million
Date Of BirthMarch 15, 1935
SpouseBonni Chalkin, Elissa Hirsch
FactHe was awarded the 1979 Drama-Logue Award for Outstanding Performance for "Talley's Folly" at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California.

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).

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.

General Info

Full NameJudd Hirsch
Net WorthUS $12 Million
Date Of BirthMarch 15, 1935
Height1.83 m
EducationCity College of New York, DeWitt Clinton High School


SpouseBonni Chalkin, Elissa Hirsch
ChildrenAlex Hirsch, Montana Eve Hirsch, London Hirsch
ParentsSally Kitzis Hirsch, Joseph Sidney Hirsch
SiblingsRoland Hirsch


AwardsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Play, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play, Obie Award for Performance, Outer Critics Circle Award f...
NominationsAcademy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series, People's Choice Award for Favor...
MoviesA Beautiful Mind, Ordinary People, Tower Heist, Running on Empty, Without a Trace, This Must Be the Place, King of the Gypsies, Sharknado 2: The Second One, Running with the Hitman, Rocky Marciano, The Halloween That Almost Wasn't, Out of the Cold, Sooner or Later, Teachers, Polish Bar, Brother's Sh...
TV ShowsForever, Numbers, Regular Joe, George and Leo, Dear John, Taxi, Rhoda, Delvecchio, Detective in the House

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1I don't think anyone can really make up their mind and say, Now I'm going to be a director.
2People come along and impose their own stuff on plays, and it shows.
3Some stage directions you just simply have to throw away.
4If I'm not moved by what happens at the end of this play, then I've completely failed, and so has the play, and so has our production. And if that's the case then there really isn't any reason to want to do it.
5If you're playing the character, you could say to yourself in 16 different ways, What if that didn't bother me? What if I knew exactly what he was talking about? What if I didn't get excited?


1In Running on Empty (1988) and Numb3rs: Protest (2006), he played a character named Alan who had a history of protesting the Vietnam War.
2He was awarded the 1979 Drama-Logue Award for Outstanding Performance for "5th of July" at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
3He was awarded the 1979 Drama-Logue Award for Outstanding Performance for "Talley's Folly" at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
4He was awarded the 1993 Drama-Logue Award for Performance for the play, "Conversations with My Father" in presented by the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson at the James A. Doolittle (University of California) Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
5Was a member of an improv trio with Peter Boyle and Trent Gough in the late 1960s that performed at Hillys On The Bowery (run by Hilly Kristal of CBGBs fame) which was located on 9th Street between 5th & 6th Avenues in Greenwich Village.
6Plays the piano.
7Friends with Danny DeVito.
8He appeared in two Best Picture Academy Award winners: Ordinary People (1980) and A Beautiful Mind (2001).
9In November 2013, Hirsch angered neighbors in his rural Catskill Mountain town in New York with his plans to build a 177-foot-tall wind turbine on his 96-acre property, at a cost of $132,000.
10Currently starring in Yasmina Reza's play, "Art", at Shadowland Theatre in Ellenville, New York. [June 2008]
11Stars as Willy Loman in "Death Of A Salesman" in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada [1997]
12Starring in Yasmina Reza's play, "Art", on Broadway, opposite George Wendt and Joe Morton. [1999]
13Co-host, with Angela Lambert, of an infomercial for the "Ionic Pro Turbo" air purifier. [2008]
14He did not start acting professionally until he was 36 years old.
15His father was of German Jewish and Dutch Jewish descent. His mother was a Russian Jewish immigrant.
16He starred in four shows for Paramount Television - Taxi, Dear John, George & Leo, and Numb3rs. He was one of the few actors to have had multiple starring roles in Paramount shows.
17He studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village in New York City.
18Son of Sally (née Kitzis) and Joseph Sidney Hirsch, an electrician.
19Won two Tony Awards as Best Actor (Play): in 1986 for "I'm Not Rappaport" and in 1992 for "Conversations With My Father," both written by Herb Gardner. He was also nominated in the same category in 1980 for Lanford Wilson's "Talley's Folly."
20Daughter named Montana and son named London, both with Bonni Chalkin.
21Has a son, Alex Hirsch.
22Has a College Degree in Physics.
23Born at 7:20am-EST.
24Attended DeWitt Clinton High School located in New York.




The Robert Klein Show1981TV Movie
Ordinary People1980Berger
The Last Resort1980TV Series
Marriage Is Alive and Well1980TV MovieHerb Rollie
The Halloween That Almost Wasn't1979TV ShortCount Dracula
Sooner or Later1979TV MovieBob Walters
King of the Gypsies1978Groffo
Rhoda1977TV SeriesMike Andretti
Delvecchio1976-1977TV SeriesSgt. Dominick Delvecchio Sergeant Dominick Delvecchio Det. Dominick Delvecchio
Visions1976TV SeriesJoe Morris
Columbo1976TV SeriesMake-up Artist
The Keegans1976TV MovieLieutenant Marco Ciardi
The Legend of Valentino1975TV MovieJack Auerbach
Medical Story1975TV SeriesDr. Joe Dempsey
Fear on Trial1975TV MovieSaul
The Law1975TV Mini-SeriesMurray Stone
The Law1974TV MovieMurray Stone
Serpico1973Cop (uncredited)
Superior Donuts2017TV Series completedArthur Przybyszewski
The Goldbergs2015-2016TV SeriesBen 'Pop-Pop' Goldberg
The Big Bang Theory2016TV SeriesDr. Alfred Hofstadter
Wild Oats2016
Maron2013-2016TV SeriesLarry
Independence Day: Resurgence2016Julius Levinson
Family Guy2016TV SeriesJudd Hirsches
Forever2014-2015TV SeriesAbe
Sharknado 2: The Second One2014TV MovieBen
Small Miracles2014TV SeriesMort
Altered Minds2013Dr. Nathaniel Shellner
Perception2013TV SeriesSigmund Freud
Untitled Larry Dorf/Ben Falcone Project2013TV Movie
The Good Wife2012TV SeriesJudge Harrison Creary
Damages2011-2012TV SeriesBill Herndon
Silent Witness2011TV MovieSaul Rubin
The Muppets2011Judd Hirsch
Tower Heist2011Mr. Simon
This Must Be the Place2011Mordecai Midler
Warehouse 132010TV SeriesIzzy Weisfelt
The Whole Truth2010TV SeriesJudge Wright
Polish Bar2010Uncle Sol
Numb3rs2005-2010TV SeriesAlan Eppes
American Dad!2009TV SeriesRabbi
Damages2006TV MovieWilliam Herndon
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip2006TV SeriesWes Mendell
Tom Goes to the Mayor2006TV SeriesPrisoner
Brother's Shadow2006Leo Groden
Zeyda and the Hitman2004Gideon Schub
Law & Order: Criminal Intent2003TV SeriesBen Elkins
Who Killed the Federal Theatre2003TV MovieNarrator
Street Time2003TV SeriesShimi Goldman
Regular Joe2003TV SeriesBaxter Binder
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2003TV SeriesDr. Judah Platner
Philly2002TV SeriesRabbi Nathan Wexler
A Beautiful Mind2001Helinger
Family Law2001TV SeriesDaniel Bonner
Welcome to New York2000TV SeriesDr. Bob
Man on the Moon1999Judd Hirsch - 'Taxi' Actor (uncredited)
Out of the Cold1999Leon Axelrod
Rocky Marciano1999TV MovieAl Weill
George & Leo1997-1998TV SeriesLeo Wagonman
Color of Justice1997TV MovieSam Lind
Caroline in the City1996TV SeriesBen Karinsky
Independence Day1996Julius Levinson
Betrayal of Trust1994TV MovieDr. Jules Masserman
Dear John1988-1992TV SeriesJohn Lacey
She Said No1990TV MovieMartin Knapek
The Great Escape II: The Untold Story1988TV MovieCapt. David Matthews
Running on Empty1988Arthur Pope
American Masters1987TV Series documentaryNarrator
Brotherly Love1985TV MovieBen Ryder / Harry Brand
First Steps1985TV MovieDr. Jerrold Petrofsky
Detective in the House1985TV SeriesPress Wyman
Lights1984TV ShortNarrator (voice)
Teachers1984Roger Rubell
The Goodbye People1984Arthur Korman
Taxi1978-1983TV SeriesAlex Reiger
Without a Trace1983Al Menetti
Super Bowl XVII Pre-Game Show1983TV MovieAlex Rieger (uncredited)


Dear John1990-1992TV Series executive consultant - 5 episodes


Dear John1989TV Series performer - 1 episode
Ordinary People1980performer: " I Never Promised You A Rose Garden" 1969 - uncredited
Taxi1980TV Series performer - 1 episode


Independence Day: A Legacy Surging Forward2016Video documentary shortHimself
Must See TV: A Tribute to James Burrows2016TV SpecialHimself
The View2014TV SeriesHimself
Biography2010TV Series documentaryHimself
Celebrating 1002009Video documentary shortHimself
Crunching Numb3rs: Season Five2009Video documentary shortHimself
TV Land Confidential2005-2007TV Series documentaryHimself / Himself - Interviewee
The 61st Annual Tony Awards2007TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Play Montage
The 5th Annual TV Land Awards2007TV SpecialHimself - Winner ("Medallion Award")
The 2nd Annual Quill Awards2006TV SpecialHimself
Family Guy2005TV SeriesHimself
The Tony Danza Show2005TV SeriesHimself
Today2004TV SeriesHimself
Heroes of Jewish Comedy2003TV Mini-Series documentaryNarrator (voice)
ABC 50th Anniversary Blooper Celebration2003TV MovieHimself
TV Land Presents Blast from the Past2001Video Game documentaryHimself
Celebrity Profile2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Taxi Dreams2000TV Movie documentaryHimself - Narrator
E! True Hollywood Story1998TV Series documentaryHimself
The 49th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1997TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Sex, Censorship and the Silver Screen1996TV Series documentaryQuote Reader
The 1964 World's Fair1996TV Movie documentary
A Comedy Salute to Andy Kaufman1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Best of Taxi1994TV MovieHimself
The 46th Annual Tony Awards1992TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Direction of a Musical & Winner: Best Leading Actor in a Play
American Experience1991TV Series documentary
The Home Show1990TV SeriesHimself
Good Morning America1979-1990TV SeriesHimself
The Arsenio Hall Show1990TV SeriesHimself
The 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards1990TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a TV-Series - Comedy / Musical
The More You Know1989TV SeriesHimself
Nova1989TV Series documentaryHost
The 40th Annual Tony Awards1986TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Leading Actor in a Play
Working in the Theatre1985TV Series documentaryHimself
In Our Hands1984DocumentaryHimself
The 35th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1983TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
The 34th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1982TV SpecialHimself - Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Saturday Night Live1982TV SeriesHimself
I Love Liberty1982TV SpecialHimself
Night of 100 Stars1982TV SpecialHimself
The 33rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1981TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
The 53rd Annual Academy Awards1981TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
The Midnight Special1981TV SeriesHimself
The 38th Annual Golden Globe Awards1981TV SpecialHimself - Nominee
The 34th Annual Tony Awards1980TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Play
The 37th Annual Golden Globe Awards1980TV SpecialHimself
The 30th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1978TV SpecialHimself - Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actor for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy Series

Archive Footage

Extra2016TV SeriesHimself
Too Young to Die2012TV Series documentary
¡Pechos fuera!2009TV Movie documentaryWes Mendell / Alex Reiger
Biography1999TV Series documentaryHimself


Won Awards

2015ISAIndie Series AwardsBest Supporting Actor - DramaSmall Miracles (2014)
2011Best Male PerformanceBeverly Hills Film FestivalBest ActorPolish Bar (2010)
2007Medallion AwardTV Land AwardsTaxi (1978)
1989Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or MusicalDear John (1988)
1983Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesTaxi (1978)
1981Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesTaxi (1978)

Nominated Awards

2016Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsComedy Guest ActorThe Big Bang Theory (2007)
2007Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsDrama Guest ActorStudio 60 on the Sunset Strip (2006)
2003TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsWorking Stiff of the YearTaxi (1978)
2002ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion PictureA Beautiful Mind (2001)
2001ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Cast EnsembleA Beautiful Mind (2001)
1990Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or MusicalDear John (1988)
1983Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or MusicalTaxi (1978)
1982Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or MusicalTaxi (1978)
1982Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesTaxi (1978)
1981OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Supporting RoleOrdinary People (1980)
1981Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor in a Supporting Role - Motion PictureOrdinary People (1980)
1981Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or MusicalTaxi (1978)
1980Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or MusicalTaxi (1978)
1980Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesTaxi (1978)
1979Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or MusicalTaxi (1978)
1979Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesTaxi (1978)
1978Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy SeriesRhoda (1974)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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