Judd Hirsch (born March 15, 1935 in The Bronx, New York) is an American actor, best known for playing the character Alex Reiger on the acclaimed television comedy series Taxi.
For his performance in Taxi, in 1981 and again in 1983, Judd Hirsch won the Emmy Award for Lead Actor In A Comedy Series. Hirsch went on to play the title character on the modestly successful sitcom Dear John and in 1989 won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Series in a Comedy or Musical for this role. He later teamed with Bob Newhart in the short-lived comedy George and Leo. He had also previously starred for one season in the series Delvecchio, playing a police detective (1976-77).
In motion pictures, Hirsch received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in 1980's Ordinary People. More recently, in 1996 he portrayed the father of Jeff Goldblum's character in Independence Day and in 2001, appeared in the acclaimed A Beautiful Mind. He has also appeared in the Family Guy episode Blind Ambition as himself, apparently manufacturing a nuclear ICBM inside a bowling ball return machine.
He is currently co-starring on the CBS Television drama NUMB3RS.