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Harold Vernon Gould (December 10, 1923 – September 11, 2010) was an American character actor. He appeared as Miles Webber on the 1985-1992 sitcom The Golden Girls
The Golden Girls
and Martin Morgenstern in the 1974-1978 sitcom Rhoda. Gould acted in film and television for nearly 50 years, appearing in more than 300 television shows, 20 major motion pictures, and over 100 stage plays, and received Emmy Award
Emmy Award
nominations five times. He is known for playing elegant, well-dressed men (as in The Sting), and he regularly played Jewish
Jewish
characters and grandfather-type figures on television and in film.[1]

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career 3 Death 4 Filmography

4.1 Films 4.2 Television 4.3 Theatre

5 References 6 External links

Early life[edit] Gould was born to a Jewish
Jewish
family in Schenectady, New York. He was the son of Louis Goldstein, a postal worker, and Lillian, a homemaker who did part-time work for the state health department. Gould was raised in Colonie, New York
Colonie, New York
and was valedictorian of his high school class. He enrolled at Albany Teachers College upon graduation (now known as University at Albany, SUNY), and studied to become a social studies or English teacher. After two years in college, Gould enlisted in the United States Army, during World War II, and saw combat in France
France
in a mortar battalion.[1] He developed trench foot, and was sent to England to recover. After convalescence, Gould served in a rail transport unit in France.[2] After the war, Gould returned to Albany Teachers College to study drama, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1947.[3] He performed in summer stock theatre on Cape Cod, then decided to enroll at Cornell University
Cornell University
to study drama and speech. Gould earned a master of arts degree in 1948 and a Ph.D. in theatre in 1953 from Cornell, and also met his future wife, Lea Vernon. Career[edit] Upon graduation, Gould accepted a position at Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, Virginia, where he spent three years teaching and doing stage work.[2] He made his professional theatre debut in 1955 as Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson
in The Common Glory in Williamsburg.[4] In 1956, Gould was offered a professorship in the drama department at the University of California, Riverside,[3] which he accepted. He taught there until 1960, when he decided to try professional acting himself.[2] He had difficulty finding acting jobs at first, and had to take work as a security guard and as a part-time acting teacher at UCLA.[1] Gould made his film debut in Two for the Seesaw
Two for the Seesaw
but was not credited for his work; his first credited role was a small part in The Coach (both 1962). He gradually found more work and gained roles in The Yellow Canary, a Rod Serling
Rod Serling
movie with Pat Boone, Jack Klugman, and Barbara Eden; The Satan Bug; Inside Daisy Clover; and Harper, starring Paul Newman. Gould worked steadily in television in the 1960s and early 1970s, including roles in Dennis the Menace, Dr. Kildare, Hazel, The Twilight Zone, The Donna Reed Show, Get Smart, Hogan's Heroes, I Dream Of Jeannie, The F.B.I., The Big Valley, Cannon. Get Smart
Get Smart
and Mission: Impossible. Gould originated the role of Marlo Thomas's father Lou in the 1965 pilot for That Girl, but the series role went to Lew Parker. He appeared in The Long, Hot Summer and He & She, two short-lived television series. Gould also acted in a pilot, later broadcast as a 1972 episode of Love, American Style
Love, American Style
titled "Love and the Happy Days" as Howard Cunningham, the frustrated father of a young man named Richie Cunningham
Richie Cunningham
(played by Ron Howard).[5] When ABC turned that episode into a series called Happy Days, Gould was tabbed to reprise the Howard Cunningham role. However, when production was delayed, he went abroad to perform in a play. Midway through the play's run, after learning Happy Days
Happy Days
was ready to begin shooting, he decided to honor his commitment to the stage production and passed on the part, which led to Tom Bosley
Tom Bosley
being cast as the family patriarch. Gould would later state that a requirement to shave his beard was also a factor in his declining the role.[6] Gould had worked in television and film for almost fifteen years before his career really took off with his portrayal of Kid Twist in The Sting
The Sting
(1973); he appeared in Woody Allen's Love and Death
Love and Death
(1975); as the villainous head of a conglomerate in Silent Movie
Silent Movie
(1976, directed by Mel Brooks), and made guest appearances on television shows such as Hawaii Five-O (multiple appearances as Honore Vashon, one of the series' most memorable villains), Petrocelli, The Love Boat and Soap, where he played the hospital roommate of Jody Dallas (Billy Crystal) who has suicidal feelings while deciding whether or not to undergo a sex change.

Gould as Martin Morgenstern on The Mary Tyler Moore Show
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
in 1973.

In 1972, Gould was cast as Martin Morgenstern, the father of Mary's best friend Rhoda, in an episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show. He reprised the role the following year and was hired as a regular when Rhoda
Rhoda
became a spin-off in 1974. Gould appeared in the short-lived series 1977 series The Feather and Father Gang, where he starred as Harry Danton, a smooth-talking ex-con man, with Stefanie Powers
Stefanie Powers
as Toni "Feather" Danton, his daughter and a hard-working, successful lawyer. It ran for 13 episodes. after it was canceled, he returned to Rhoda
Rhoda
for the remaining run. He also appeared in the miniseries Washington: Behind Closed Doors. In the 1980 NBC
NBC
miniseries The Scarlett O'Hara War, he portrayed Louis B. Mayer and gained an Emmy
Emmy
nomination. He appeared as Chad Lowe's grandfather in Spencer, and played a Jewish
Jewish
widower wooing the Christian Katharine Hepburn
Katharine Hepburn
in Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry. Other roles included a married man having an affair with another member of his Yiddish-speaking club in an episode of the PBS series The Sunset Years, and as the owner of a deli grooming two African-American men to inherit his business in Singer & Sons.[4] Gould received Emmy nominations for his roles in Rhoda, Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry
Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry
and Moviola. Gould played Miles Webber, the steadfast suitor of Rose Nylund
Rose Nylund
(Betty White) on the NBC
NBC
series The Golden Girls
The Golden Girls
(he also played another of Rose's boyfriends, Arnie, in the show's first season). He portrayed the father of a villain called The Prankster on Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and made guest appearances on television series such as Felicity, The King of Queens, Touched by an Angel, and Judging Amy. Gould's film roles in the 1990s and 2000s include appearances in Stuart Little, Patch Adams, The Master of Disguise, the 2003 remake of Freaky Friday, Nobody's Perfect, and Whisper of the Heart. His stage credits include Broadway theatre
Broadway theatre
plays such as Jules Feiffer's Grown Ups, Neil Simon's Fools, Richard Baer's Mixed Emotions, and Tom Stoppard's Artist Descending a Staircase. Gould won an Obie Award
Obie Award
in 1969 for his work in The Increased Difficulty of Concentration, written by Václav Havel, and reprised the role for a 1988 PBS version of the play.[1] Gould was an early and longtime (48 years) member of Theatre West, the oldest membership theatre company in Los Angeles.[7] He played Mr. Green in Jeff Baron's Visiting Mr. Green" at the Pasadena Playhouse. Death[edit] Gould died from prostate cancer on September 11, 2010.[6] He is survived by two sons, Joshua and Lowell, and a daughter, Deborah. He and Lea were married for 60 years. Filmography[edit] Films[edit]

The Man from Planet X (1951) as Frightened Villager (uncredited) The Couch (1962) as Hollingsworth (uncredited) Two for the Seesaw
Two for the Seesaw
(1962) as Bit (uncredited) The Yellow Canary
The Yellow Canary
(1963) as Ponelli Marnie (1964) as Mr. Garrett - Manager of Farm (uncredited) The Satan Bug
The Satan Bug
(1965) as Dr. Ostrer (uncredited) The Spy with My Face
The Spy with My Face
(1965) as Doctor Inside Daisy Clover
Inside Daisy Clover
(1965) as Cop on Pier Harper (1966) as Sheriff An American Dream (1966) as Ganucci's Attorney Project X (1968) as Col. Holt The Arrangement (1969) as Dr. Leibman The Lawyer (1970) as Eric P. Scott Mrs. Pollifax-Spy
Mrs. Pollifax-Spy
(1971) as Nexdhet Where Does It Hurt? (1972) as Dr. Zerny The Sting
The Sting
(1973) as Kid Twist The Front Page (1974) as The Mayor The Strongest Man in the World
The Strongest Man in the World
(1975) as Regent Dietz Love and Death
Love and Death
(1975) as Anton Silent Movie
Silent Movie
(1976) as Engulf The Big Bus
The Big Bus
(1976) as Professor Baxter Gus (1976) as Charles Gwynn The One and Only (1978) as Hector Moses 11th Victim
11th Victim
(1979 TV movie) as Benny Benito The Man in the Santa Claus Suit (1979 TV movie) as Dickie Dayton Kenny Rogers as The Gambler (1980 TV movie) as Stowbridge The Scarlett O'Hara War (1980 TV movie) as Louis B. Mayer King Crab (1980 TV movie) as Mr. Campana Seems Like Old Times (1980) as Judge John Channing The Dream Chasers (1982) as Telford Stampley Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry
Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry
(1986 TV movie) as Dr. Marvin Elias Playing for Keeps (1986) as Rockefeller Romero (1989) as Francisco Galedo Birch Street Gym (1991) as Jack Whisper of the Heart
Whisper of the Heart
(1995) as Shiro Nishi (English version, voice) Killer: A Journal of Murder (1995) as Old Henry Lesser Lover's Knot (1995) as Alan Smithee Flesh Suitcase (1995) For Hope (1996 TV movie) as David 'Dave' Altman The Love Bug (1997 TV movie) as Dr. Gustav Stumpfel My Giant
My Giant
(1998) as Milt Kaminski Beloved (1998) as Barber Shop Man #4 (uncredited) Patch Adams (1998) as Arthur Mendelson Brown's Requiem (1998) as Solly K Stuart Little (1999) as Grandpa Spencer Dying on the Edge (2001) as Arthur The Master of Disguise
The Master of Disguise
(2002) as Grandfather Disguisey Freaky Friday (2003) as Grandpa Brother Bear
Brother Bear
(2003) as Old Denahi (voice) Nobody's Perfect (2004) English as a Second Language (2005) as Wayne

Television[edit]

Year Film Role Notes

1961–1963 Dennis the Menace Mr. Sparks / Tramp 2 episodes

1961–1965 Dr. Kildare Earl McCloskey / Dr. Peter Duey / Frank the Cop 3 episodes

1962 National Velvet

Episode: "The Rumor"

1962 The Donna Reed Show Cal Winslow Episode: "Rebel with a Cause"

1962–1963 The Eleventh Hour Judge / Eric Stanger / Paul Brauner 3 episodes

1962–1965 Hazel Judge Winston / Mr. Wheeler / TV Announcer / Mr. Prior 4 episodes

1962–1965 The Virginian Lacey / John Marshall Harrison / John Anderson / Adam Pendleton / Prosecutor Black / Prosecutor Tom Finney 6 episodes

1963 Empire Judge Will Episode: "Stopover on the Way to the Moon"

1963 The Twilight Zone General Larrabee Episode: "Probe 7, Over and Out"

1963 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour District Attorney Episode: "How to Get Rid of Your Wife"

1964 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Doctor Episode: "The Double Affair"

1964 Perry Mason Lawrence West Episode: "The Case of the Latent Lover"

1964–1965 The Jack Benny Show Director / Mr. Hunter, First IRS Man / DMV Clerk - Corrects Exam 5 episodes

1964–1967 The Fugitive Tom Crailer / Dr. Willis / Eller - Interviewer 3 episodes

1964–1974 Gunsmoke Lucius Shindrow / Hadley Boake 3 episodes

1965 That Girl Lew Marie Episode: "What's in a Name?"

1965 Mister Ed Psychiatrist Episode: "Ed the Pilot"

1965–1972 The F.B.I. George Hale / Vincent Millard / Israel Jacobs / Martin Eldon / Doctor / Arnold Bruzzi / Dave Rice / Hans Hunter 7 episodes

1966 The Green Hornet Calvin Ryland Episode: "May the Best Man Lose"

1966–1970 Hogan's Heroes General von Schlomm / General von Scheider / General Von Lintzer 4 episodes

1967 The Invaders Allen Slater / Dr. Paul Mailer 2 episodes

1967–1968 The Flying Nun Rabbi Mendez / Father Sweeney 2 episodes

1967–1968 The Wild Wild West John Taney / Victor Freemantle 2 episodes

1967–1969 The Big Valley Captain Crawford / Judge William Daggett / Major Wilson 3 episodes

1967–1980 Insight God (Old Man) / Beggar / God / Jonathan / Morris Gertz / Eddie 7 episodes

1969 The Debbie Reynolds Show Whitaker Episode: "That's Debbie"

1969 Mission: Impossible Vincente Bravo Episode: "The Code"

1969 I Dream of Jeannie General Whetherby / Mr. Winkler 2 episodes

1971 Columbo Agent Carlson Episode: "Ransom for a Dead Man"

1971 The Mod Squad Lester Chennery Episode: "Real Loser"

1971–1975 Cannon Colonel Mirza / Robert L. Jardine / Nicholas Troas 3 episodes

1972–1973 The Mary Tyler Moore Show Martin Morgenstern 2 episodes

1972–1974 The Streets of San Francisco Joseph Francis / Arthur Lavery 2 episodes

1972–1975 Hawaii Five-O Honore Vashon 4 episodes

1973 The Partridge Family Walter Yost Episode: "Beethoven, Brahms and Partridge"

1973 Ironside Martin Geller Episode: "The Armageddon Gang"

1973 Needles and Pins Joe Episode: "Union Trouble"

1974–1976 Petrocelli Haskell Fox 3 episodes

1974–1977 Police Story Emmett Parnell / Sam Grossman / Andrea Basic 3 episodes

1974–1978 Rhoda Martin Morgenstern 17 episodes

1976–1977 The Feather and Father Gang TV Series (co-starring Stefanie Powers) as Harry Danton 14 episodes

1977 Soap Barney Gerber 4 episodes

1979 The Rockford Files Mr. Brockelman 2 episodes

1984 St. Elsewhere Melvin Millstein 2 episodes

1985–1992 The Golden Girls Miles Webber / Arnie Peterson 13 episodes

1986 Scarecrow and Mrs. King Andrei Zernov Episode: "One Bear Dances, One Bear Doesn't"

1986 L.A. Law Harry Finneman Episode: "Simian Chanted Evening"

1986 Night Court Walter Wise Episode: "New Year's Leave"

1989 Empty Nest Dr. Stanfield Weston Episode: "Man of the Year"

1989–1992 The Ray Bradbury Theater Colonel Stonesteel / Old Man 2 episodes

1990 Dallas Dr. Wexler 2 episodes

1990 Singer & Sons Nathan Singer 4 episodes

1992–1993 The Golden Palace Miles, Rose's boyfriend 2 episodes

1994–1995 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Edwin Griffin 2 episodes

1996 The Outer Limits Gerry Episode: "Paradise"

1996–2001 Touched by an Angel Albert Einstein / Sam Moskowitz 2 episodes

1998 Felicity Dr. William Garibay Episode: "Hot Objects"

1999 Pacific Blue

Episode: "Hostile Witness"

2000 The King of Queens Irv Glassman Episode: "Surprise Artie"

2003 Judging Amy Arthur Episode: "Maxine Interrupted"

2010 Nip/Tuck Walter Krieger Episode: "Walter and Edith Krieger" (Final television appearance)

Theatre[edit]

Old Wicked Songs (2002) - Professor Josef Mashkan - Rubicon Theatre Company Tuesdays With Morrie
Tuesdays With Morrie
(2005) - Morrie Schwartz - Rubicon Theatre Company Visiting Mr. Green (1999) - Mr. Green - Pasadena Playhouse The Skin of Our Teeth
The Skin of Our Teeth
(1983) - Mr. Antrobus - Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, CA The House of Blue Leaves (1970) - Artie Shaughnessy - Truck and Warehouse Theatre, New York City, NY

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References[edit]

^ a b c d "Harold Gould". New York State Writers Institute. Retrieved 2014-06-20.  ^ a b c Harold Gould, What A Character!. Retrieved on 2006-08-13. Archived June 19, 2006, at the Wayback Machine. ^ a b "Harold Gould". Filmbug. Retrieved 2014-06-20.  ^ a b "Harold Gould". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 2014-06-20. [permanent dead link] ^ Weber, Bruce (September 13, 2010). "Harold Gould, Character Actor, Dies at 86". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-06-20.  ^ a b McLellan, Dennis (14 September 2010). " Harold Gould
Harold Gould
dies at 86; veteran character actor". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2014-06-20.  ^ "History". Theatre West. Archived from the original on 2014-11-27. Retrieved 2014-06-20. 

External links[edit]

Harold Gould
Harold Gould
on IMDb Harold Gould
Harold Gould
at the TCM Movie Database Harold Gould
Harold Gould
at the Internet Broadway Database
Internet Broadway Database
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Harold Gould
at Find a Grave Harold Gould
Harold Gould
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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 75311046 LCCN: n85322478 ISNI: 0000 0001 1029 6392 GND: 136726771 SUDOC: 112372406 BNF: cb140494135 (data) BNE: XX1692

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