Hal Linden – A Beloved Entertainer For Generations
Hal Linden earned a 1971 Tony Award for his performance as Lord Rothschild in The Rothschilds musical, before going on to fame on television as Barney Miller from 1975 until 1982 on Precinct 4. Additionally, Linden made numerous guest appearances such as Going My Way, The Fugitive, Time Tunnel Land of Giants The Munsters Barnaby Jones among many others.
Early Life and Education
Hal Linden has made significant contributions to theater, film, and television, garnering widespread acclaim and admiration from audiences of all generations. His diverse talents and dedication have made him one of our beloved entertainers for generations.
He began his acting career performing summer stock and off-Broadway shows before entering the Army and serving his time. Following discharge, he continued acting.
He made his film debut in 1964 with Lee Remick’s dramatic adaptation Sanctuary and went on to star in films such as Texas Across the River, A Rage to Live, and The Fugitive. Additionally he appeared in various television series such as The Munsters and Quincy M.E.
Linden began his career performing as both musician and singer. He played clarinet and saxophone at weddings and bar mitzvahs while singing alongside Sammy Kaye before shifting his focus towards acting.
After leaving the Army, Linden attended New York’s American Theatre Wing and quickly began performing in stock companies and Broadway productions. One highlight was when he replaced Sydney Chaplin as lead in Bells Are Ringing musical revue.
Linden made appearances in popular television series such as The Young and the Restless, Amoureux Vous and Melrose Place. Additionally, he served as host and narrator of ABC children’s shows Animals, Animals, Animals and FYI (for which he won two Daytime Emmy Awards). Linden produced, wrote and performed numerous cabaret revues including Hello Again! The Songs of Allan Sherman (paying tribute to its “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh” icon) as well as It’s All Relative (in tribute).
Achievement and Honors
Hal Linden remains an outstanding actor, always searching for his next exciting role. Initially making his mark through summer stock and off-Broadway productions such as The Rothschilds (which earned him a Tony Award nomination).
Linden went on to star in ABC situation comedy Barney Miller from 1975 until 1982, playing an insightful and caring police captain who garnered several awards and nominations during that period.
Linden has not only distinguished himself in acting but has also written several screenplays. These screenplays include his work on movies like The Road Dog which won NOVA Independent Film Festival’s 2022 Best Short Film award and some TV shows he wrote scripts for.
Linden has appeared on numerous television series beyond Loving. These include Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story and Spy Game for ABC as a guest star as well as Melrose Place and Days of Our Lives, Melrose Place movie Wyatt Earp as Morgan Earp and six seasons of MTV Teen Wolf in which he plays Sheriff Noah Stilinski as Sheriff Noah Stilinski.
Linden passed away peacefully at age 80 in Topanga, California and is survived by his wife Mona Lee Schussman and son Joshua. Linden began as a jazz musician before transitioning into acting. A true lover of arts and theater performances alike, he also participated actively in community activism efforts.
Linden has built up an impressive net worth through diversifying his earnings sources over time, from acting fees to brand promotions and endorsements.
He has appeared in multiple films and TV shows, such as Barney Miller. Additionally, he performed theatre and earned himself a Tony Award nomination for The Rothschilds.
Linden Walters is married to Susan Walters and they share two children together. Linden enjoys leading an active lifestyle and spending time in the woods with his family; cycling, barbecuing and listening to music are also favorites of his. In his free time he enjoys surfing, martial arts (particularly boxing and karate training) as well as listening to music – which have all helped overcome his anxiety and fears thanks to training in these activities.