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Harold Gould
Harold Gould

Star of stage and screen

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Co-sponsored by the NYS Writers Institute

May 6, 2003
4:15 p.m., Seminar | Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center
8:00 p.m., Reading | Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center

Harold Gould
, star of stage and screen, was born in Schenectady, New York, in 1923, grew up in Colonie, and graduated from Albany Teachers College. Gould has appeared in more than 300 television shows, 20 major motion pictures and over 100 stage plays. His movie credits include The Sting (1973), Woody Allen's Love and Death (1978), Mel Brooks' Silent Movie (1976), and more recently The Love Bug (1997), Patch Adams (1998), Master of Disguise (2002), and Freaky Friday (2003). He also co-starred with Katharine Hepburn in the 1986 TV movie Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry and has had regular roles on such TV series at The Golden Girls, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rhoda, and Spencer.

Harold Gould, UAlbany, 1987, PAC - sroBorn Harold V. Goldstein to postal worker Louis Goldstein and homemaker Lillian Goldstein, Gould has made a long career playing dapper and elegant gentlemen. A straight A student, he participated in the drama club at Roessleville High School and graduated as valedictorian of his class. Gould enrolled at Albany State Teachers College with the intention of becoming an English or Social Studies teacher.

When World War Two interrupted his studies, Gould spent two years in the Army, serving first in a mortar platoon that saw combat in France. After recovering from trench foot in an English infirmary, he was reassigned to a railroad transportation unit in France. Upon completion of his service, he returned to Albany Teachers College. After graduation he enrolled in the graduate program in drama at Cornell where he met his wife, actress Lea Vernon. Gould received his Ph.D. in Dramatic Speech and Literature in 1953.

After teaching at a variety of colleges and universities, Gould attempted to make a career in Hollywood. He struggled to support his family as a part-time instructor at UCLA and as a security guard on studio sets, before landing a number of small roles. Early roles included a part on the Desilu TV series Guestward Ho! about a New York City couple that moves to New Mexico to open a dude ranch, and an uncredited part in The Couch (1962), a film about a serial killer in therapy. Other parts followed in such films as Yellow Canary (1964), a Rod Serling film with Pat Boone, Jack Lugman and Barbara Eden, and Harper (1966), starring Paul Newman.

Harold GouldHis big television break arrived in the 1970s with the role of Martin Morganstern, father of Rhoda on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and later on the spin-off series Rhoda. At the same time, his film career began to really take off with his role as Kid Twist in the hit film The Sting (1973), starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford.

Gould received an Emmy nomination in 1978 for his Rhoda role and another for his part as Katharine Hepburn's aging Jewish lover in the TV movie, Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry (1986). Fans of The Golden Girls will also recognize him as Rose's steady boyfriend Miles Webber (Gould also played Rose's boyfriend Arnie during the show's first season). Trivia fans will be interested to know that Gould starred as Ron Howard's father in the 1972 episode of Love American Style that ultimately launched the hit TV series Happy Days (Tom Bosley replaced him in the role).

Gould's Broadway credits include Jules Feiffer's Grown Ups, Neil Simon's Fools, Tom Stoppard's Artist Descending a Staircase, and Richard Baer's Mixed Emotions. Gould received an Obie Award in 1969 for his New York City stage debut in Vaclav Havel's The Increased Difficulty of Concentration and reprised the role in a 1988 PBS version of the play. Gould also played the irascible patriarch in a 1986 Berkshire Theatre Festival production of I Never Sang for My Father. The show went on the play for three weeks at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. before going on national tour.

"Gould is stupendous in the role--meddlesome, crotchety, dictatorial." - The Washington Post

In recent years Gould has been awarded a fair number of grandfatherly roles, including Grandfather Disguisey in Master of Disguise (2002), starring Dana Carvey, and Grandfather Spencer Little in the children's film, Stuart Little (1999) starring Michael J. Fox, Geena Davis and Nathan Lane. Most recently, Gould played the role of Grandpa in Freaky Friday (2003), a remake of the 1976 Disney classic, starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan.


Meet Me at Brooklyn and Soto
Freaky Friday (2003)
Master of Disguise (2002)
My Giant (1998)
Brown's Requiem (1998)
Patch Adams (1998)
The Love Bug (1997)
Get Smart, Again! (1989)
Romero (1989)
Playing for Keeps (1986)
Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry (1986)
The Fourth Wise Man (1985)
The Dream Chasers (1984)
The Red Light Sting (1984)
Kenny Rogers as the Gambler, Part 2: The Adventure Continues (1983)
Help Wanted: Male (1982)
Born to Be Sold (1981)
Kenny Rogers as the Gambler, Part 1 (1980)
Seems Like Old Times (1980)
King Crab (1980)
Moviola: The Scarlett O'Hara War (1980)
Moviola: The Silent Lovers (1980)
The Scarlett O'Hara War (1980)
The Silent Lovers (1980)
Better Late Than Never (1979)
The Man in the Santa Claus Suit (1979)
Aunt Mary (1979)
11th Victim (1979)
Actor: The Paul Muni Story (1978)
The One and Only (1978)
The Feather and Father Gang (1977)
Never Con a Killer (1977)
Washington: Behind Closed Doors (1977)

The Big Bus (1976)
How to Break up a Happy Divorce (1976)
Silent Movie (1976)
Gus (1976)
Love and Death (1975)
The Strongest Man in the World (1975)
Medical Story (1975)
The Front Page (1974)
The Sting (1973)
Murdock's Gang (1973)
Where Does It Hurt? (1972)
Mrs. Pollifax -- Spy (1971)
A Death of Innocence (1971)
Ransom for a Dead Man (1971)
Hogan's Heroes: Lady Chitterly's Lover, Part Two (1970)
The Arrangement (1969)
The Lawyer (1969)
Mission: Impossible: The Code (1969)
Project X (1968)
The Flying Nun: The Rabbi and the Nun (1968)
The Invaders, Vol. 2: The Experiment (1967)
The Flying Nun: With Love from Irving (1967)
Hogan's Heroes: D-Day at Stalag 13 (1967)
Harper (1966)
The Spy with My Face (1966)
An American Dream (1966)
Hogan's Heroes: Klink's Rocket (1966)
Inside Daisy Clover (1965)
The Satan Bug (1965)
Ready for the People (1964)
The Yellow Canary (1963)
Twilight Zone: Probe 7-Over and Out (1963)

Additional Links:
Sunday Gazette Article
Writers Online Magazine Article

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