Judd Hirsch grew up in New York and studied engineering at the City College of New York and architecture at Cooper Union, before studying acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and at the H B Studio in New York.
Hirsch is probably best known for his portrayal of Alex Rieger in the critically acclaimed classic television series “Taxi,” a role which garnered him two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series, and nominations during every season of the show’s run. Hirsch also starred as John Lacey on the hit comedy series “Dear John,” for which he won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Comedy, before starring opposite Bob Newhart in the comedy series “George and Leo.”
Hirsch’s eclectic resume of film credits includes “King of the Gypsies,” “Ordinary People,” which garnered him an Oscar Nomination as Best Supporting Actor, “Without a Trace,” “Teachers,” “Independence Day,” and “Man on the Moon.”
Broadway theatre credits include Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park,” “Knock Knock,” Neil Simon’s “Chapter Two,” Lanford Wilson’s “Talley’s Folley” (Tony and Drama Desk award Nominations), “I’m Not Rapaport” (Tony Award winner), Conversations With My Father” (Tony Award Winner and Outer Circle Critics Award Winner), “A Thousand Clowns” and “Art.”