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Harold Gould, Star of 'Mary Tyler Moore,' Dead at 86

by PopEater Staff, posted Sep 14th 2010 12:40PM
Harold GouldHarold Gould, who starred on 'Rhoda' and 'The Golden Girls,' passed away Saturday in Woodland Hills, Calif., after a battle with prostate cancer, his spokeswoman, Jaime Larkin, told the NY Times. He was 86.

Gould is survived by his wife, the former Lea Shampanier, who he married in 1950; a daughter, Deborah; two sons, Joshua and Lowell; and five grandchildren.

Gould was an American actor best known for playing Martin Morgenstern on 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' and its spin-off, 'Rhoda.' He also appeared as Miles Webber on 'The Golden Girls.'

During Gould's nearly 50 year career, he appeared in more than 300 television shows, 20 major motion pictures, including 'The Sting,' and over 100 stage plays. He received five Emmy nominations for his work.

He was also featured on 'Dennis the Menace,' 'Mister Ed,' 'The Twilight Zone' and 'Hogan's Heroes.'

Gould was born in Schenectady, New York, to Louis and Lillian Goldstein. He enlisted in the Army during World War II and saw combat in France as a mortar gunner. When he returned, he graduated from New York State College for Teachers (now the State University at Albany).

After spending the summer performing at a theater on Cape Cod, he enrolled at Cornell University to study drama and speech and earned a Master of Arts degree in 1948 and a PhD in theater in 1953.

While at Cornell, he met his future wife, Lea.

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The most memorable role of his career was as Honore Vashon in a 3 part episode of Hawaii Five-0.

September 15 2010 at 4:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brett Alan

I'll always first think of him as the man who made Jodie (Billy Crystal) regret his suicide attempt on Soap. He had a tremendous onscreen presence. RIP.

September 14 2010 at 11:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
TJ Mooney

Don't forget he was the original Mr. Cunningham in the Happy Days pilot, and originated the role of Anne Marie's father in That Girl.

September 14 2010 at 2:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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