Hal Linden Obituary

Hal Linden, the American actor and musician, passed away, in New York City, Linden was best known for his role as Captain Barney Miller in the popular television series “Barney Miller.”

Linden’s career spanned over six decades and included roles in television, film, and theater. He began his career in the 1950s as a saxophonist and bandleader, performing in nightclubs and on television shows. He later transitioned to acting and made his Broadway debut in 1957 in the musical “Bells Are Ringing.”

In the 1970s, Linden landed his most iconic role as Captain Barney Miller in the ABC sitcom “Barney Miller.” The show, which ran from 1975 to 1982, was a critical and commercial success and earned Linden two Golden Globe nominations and seven Emmy nominations. He also won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series in 1985 for his role in the television movie “The Writing on the Wall.”

Linden’s other notable television roles include hosting the children’s show “Animal Action,” playing the father of Rachel Green on the hit sitcom “Friends,” and guest-starring on shows such as “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “Hot in Cleveland.” He also appeared in several films, including “Out to Sea” and “A New Life.”

In addition to his acting career, Linden was a talented musician and released several albums throughout his career, including “It’s Never Too Late” and “Hal Linden: I’m Old Fashioned.” He also performed with symphony orchestras and toured with his own big band.

Linden’s death has been mourned by fans and colleagues in the entertainment industry. In a statement, his family said, “Hal was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, as well as a talented actor and musician. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him and all whose lives he touched.”

Linden’s legacy as an actor and musician will continue to inspire generations of performers. He will be remembered as a beloved figure in the entertainment industry, known for his iconic role as Captain Barney Miller and his contributions to the world of music.