2 February, 2021:
Hal Linden began his career as a big band musician and singer in the 1950’s. After a stint in the US Army, he began an acting career where he first worked in summer stock and off-Broadway productions. Linden found success on Broadway when he replaced Sydney Chaplin in the musical Bells Are Ringing. In 1971 he won a Best Actor Tony Award for his portrayal of Mayer Rothschild in the musical, The Rothschilds.
In 1974, Linden landed his best known role as the title character in the television comedy series Barney Miller. The role earned him seven Primetime Emmy Awards and three Golden Globe Award nominations. Overall, his career has garnered four Golden Globe Award nominations, seven Prime Time Emmy nominations, and 5 Daytime Emmy Nominations [with 3 wins]
Hal continued his career in the late 1990’s and 2000’s with guest roles on Touched by an Angel, The King of Queens, Gilmore Girls, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and Hot in Cleveland. He also narrated episodes of Biography and The American Experience, and voiced the role of Dr. Selig on the animated series The Zeta Project. In 2002, Linden recieved a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars in California.