Judd Hirsch is celebrating his 82nd today. He studied physics at CCNY and worked as an engineer for Westinghouse, before beginning an acting career in New York theater, making his Broadway debut in the role of the Telephone Man in Barefoot in the Park, and in 1976 received a Drama Desk Award for Jules Feiffer’s Knock Knock. He then received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor for an appearance on Rhoda.
In the late seventies and early eighties Hirsch appeared in two of the roles that he is best known for. He was nominated for Best Supporting Actor as Dr. Berger in Ordinary People, the psychiatrist who helps Timothy Hutton’s character deal with his brother’s death. And he starred on Taxi as Alex Rieger, receiving five consecutive Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy, winning twice.