Hal Linden

Actor


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In his four-hour Archive interview, Hal Linden talks about his early life and influences and making his Broadway debut in the musical "Bells Are Ringing." He describes early television roles, doing voiceover for commercials and overdubbing for foreign films, and triumphing on Broadway with a Tony win for "The Rothchilds." He recounts his eight-year stint on the classic series Barney Miller, outlining the development of the show by creator Danny Arnold, and speaking of the show's ensemble cast members including Ron Glass, Jack Soo, Max Gail, and Abe Vigoda. Linden recalls how the show and characters changed over the years, describes the show's relationship to New York City, and shares the fact that many police called it the most realistic depiction of their job ever on television. He talks of his post-Barney Miller career, including guest stints on The Golden Girls, Will & Grace, and Hot in Cleveland, and starring roles in Jack's Place and Blacke's Magic. He concludes with career highlights and regrets and gives advice to aspiring actors. Amy Harrington conducted the interview on July 2, 2013 in North Hollywood, CA.

"I'd been offered the pilot for 'Barney Miller,' but also I'd gotten an offer to star in a Broadway musical. I remember sitting in my manager's office. The Broadway producer had called and said he needed an answer by close of business. And I said cavalierly, 'All right, we've done Broadway. Let's try television.' We did the pilot, and that got us a mid-season replacement, which led to eight terrific seasons."

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Highlights
Hal Linden on the character "Barney Miller" on Barney Miller
Hal Linden on dealing with Standards & Practices on Barney Miller
Hal Linden on guest-starring on The Golden Girls
Hal Linden on turning down a role on St. Elsewhere
Hal Linden on being nominated for and winning Emmy Awards
Hal Linden on his Broadway success in "The Rothchilds"
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his early life and influences; on the first time he saw television
On making his Broadway debut in "Bells Are Ringing"; on early television roles
On doing voiceovers and looping for foreign movies; on his Broadway success in "The Rothchilds"
On being cast as the title character in Barney Miller; on the humor of Barney Miller

Chapter 2

On shooting the pilots for Barney Miller; on the character "Barney Miller" and the decision not to shoot the show in front of a live audience
On the weaknesses of his character on Barney Miller; on Max Gail as "Wojo" on Barney Miller; on an early war with Standards & Practices over the show
On Ron Glass as "Ron Harris," Gregory Sierra as "Chano Amenguale," and Ron Carey as "Carl Levitt" on Barney Miller
On Steve Landesburg as "Arthur Dietrich," Jack Soo as "Nick Yemana," and Abe Vigoda as "Phil Fish" on Barney Miller

Chapter 3

On the cast and guest actors of Barney Miller
On his favorite episodes of Barney Miller; on Barney Miller's relationship to New York City; on the end of Barney Miller and the legacy of the show
On opportunities following the end of Barney Miller and turning down a role on St. Elsewhere; on appearing on The Love Boat; on appearing on Animals, Animals, Animals and The Hal Linden Special
On hosting FYI; on winning daytime Emmy Awards; on appearing in various made-for-television movies and the series Blacke's Magic

Chapter 4

On starring in the series Blacke's Magic and Jack's Place; on playing "Rabbi Markovitz" in the CBS Schoolbreak Special, The Writing on the Wall
On starring in the series The Boys Are Back; on guest-starring on various series
On then-current projects; on career highlights and regrets; on advice to aspiring actors
Shows

Barney Miller

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Hal Linden on being cast as the title character in Barney Miller
Hal Linden on how Barney Miller was described to him
Hal Linden on shooting the pilots for Barney Miller
Hal Linden on the character "Barney Miller" on Barney Miller
Hal Linden on the choice not to shoot Barney Miller in front of a live audience
Hal Linden on the weaknesses of "Barney Miller" on Barney Miller and other traits of the character
Hal Linden on dealing with Standards & Practices on Barney Miller
Hal Linden on Ron Glass as "Ron Harris" on Barney Miller
Hal Linden on Gregory Sierra as "Chano Amenguale" on Barney Miller
Hal Linden on Ron Carey as "Carl Levitt" on Barney Miller
Hal Linden on Steve Landesberg as "Arthur Dietrich" on Barney Miller
Hal Linden on Jack Soo as "Nick Yemana" on Barney Miller
Hal Linden on Abe Vigoda as "Phil Fish" on Barney Miller
Hal Linden on James Gregory as "Frank Luger" on Barney Miller
Hal Linden on Barbara Barrie as "Elizabeth Miller" on Barney Miller
Hal Linden on the ensemble cast of Barney Miller
Hal Linden on the set and guest actors on Barney Miller
Hal Linden on his favorite episodes of Barney Miller
Hal Linden on Barney Miller's relationship to New York City
Hal Linden on the end of Barney Miller
Hal Linden on the legacy of Barney Miller

Blacke's Magic

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Hal Linden on starring on the series Blacke's Magic
Hal Linden on starring in the series Blacke's Magic

Bold and the Beautiful, The

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Hal Linden on his stint on The Bold and the Beautiful

Drew Carey Show, The

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Hal Linden on guest-starring on The Drew Carey Show

Emmy Awards, The (Primetime and Daytime)

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Hal Linden on being nominated for and winning Emmy Awards

Golden Girls, The

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Hal Linden on guest-starring on The Golden Girls

Hot in Cleveland

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Hal Linden on guest starring on Hot in Cleveland

Love Boat, The

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Hal Linden on guest starring on The Love Boat

Perry Como Show, The

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Hal Linden on making his Broadway debut in "Bells Are Ringing" with Judy Holliday

Search For Tomorrow

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Hal Linden on acting on Search For Tomorrow

St. Elsewhere

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Hal Linden on turning down a role on St. Elsewhere

Will & Grace

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Hal Linden on guest-starring on Will & Grace
Topics

Advertising and Sponsorship

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Hal Linden on doing voiceover for commercials and looping foreign films

Advice

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Hal Linden on advice to aspiring actors

Censorship / Standards & Practices

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Hal Linden on dealing with Standards & Practices on Barney Miller

Characters & Catchphrases

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Hal Linden on the character "Barney Miller" on Barney Miller
Hal Linden on the weaknesses of "Barney Miller" on Barney Miller and other traits of the character

Emmy Awards

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Hal Linden on being nominated for and winning Emmy Awards

First Big Break

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Hal Linden on making his Broadway debut in "Bells Are Ringing" with Judy Holliday

Pivotal Career Moments

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Hal Linden on making his Broadway debut in "Bells Are Ringing" with Judy Holliday

Pop Culture

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Hal Linden on the character "Barney Miller" on Barney Miller
Hal Linden on the weaknesses of "Barney Miller" on Barney Miller and other traits of the character

Television Industry

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Hal Linden on doing voiceover for commercials and looping foreign films
Hal Linden on dealing with Standards & Practices on Barney Miller
Hal Linden on advice to aspiring actors
Professions

Actor

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Hal Linden on advice to aspiring actors

Performers

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Hal Linden on advice to aspiring actors
Genres

Comedy Series

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Hal Linden on playing "Barney Miller" on Barney Miller (Part 1) 
Hal Linden on playing "Barney Miller" on Barney Miller (Part 2)
Hal Linden on playing "Barney Miller" on Barney Miller  (Part 3) 
People

Danny Arnold

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Hal Linden on the choice not to shoot Barney Miller in front of a live audience

Beatrice Arthur

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Hal Linden on guest-starring on The Golden Girls

Barbara Barrie

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Hal Linden on Barbara Barrie as "Elizabeth Miller" on Barney Miller

James Burrows

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Hal Linden on guest-starring on Will & Grace

Ron Carey

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Hal Linden on Ron Carey as "Carl Levitt" on Barney Miller

Max Gail

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Hal Linden on Max Gail as "Stan Wojciehowicz" on Barney Miller

Judy Holliday

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Hal Linden on making his Broadway debut in "Bells Are Ringing" with Judy Holliday

Suzanne Pleshette

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Hal Linden on starring in the series The Boys Are Back

Abe Vigoda

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Hal Linden on Abe Vigoda as "Phil Fish" on Barney Miller

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