Herb Edelman

Biography: If character actor Herb Edelman was one of the more successful stage and screen purveyors of "Everyman" roles, it was probably because he'd held down an astonishing array of meat-and-potato jobs before settling into acting. Edelman studied to be a veterinarian at Cornell University, but left during the first year. He took a tentative stab at journalism before toiling as an Armed Forces radio operator and announcer. While stationed in the Far East, Edelman entertained the notion of becoming a "Jewish Buddhist." He returned to his hometown to attend Brooklyn College, dropped out to become a hotel manager, was briefly the "straight" half of a comedy team, worked in advertising, drove a hack, and dropped back into college. Finally turning to acting full time in summer stock, Edelman began picking up small roles in New York productions, including the scene-stealing exhausted delivery man inNeil Simon's Barefoot in the Park (1965), a role he recreated for the 1967 film version.If character actor Herb Edelman was one of the more successful stage and screen purveyors of "Everyman" roles, it was probably because he'd held down an astonishing array of meat-and-potato jobs before settling into acting. Edelman studied to be a veterinarian at Cornell University, but left during the first year. He took a tentative stab at journalism before toiling as an Armed Forces radio operator and announcer. While stationed in the Far East, Edelman entertained the notion of becoming a "Jewish Buddhist." He returned to his hometown to attend Brooklyn College, dropped out to become a hotel manager, was briefly the "straight" half of a comedy team, worked in advertising, drove a hack, and dropped back into college. Finally turning to acting full time in summer stock, Edelman began picking up small roles in New York productions, including the scene-stealing exhausted delivery man inNeil Simon's Barefoot in the Park (1965), a role he recreated for the 1967 film version. Forming strong bonds with both Simon and with Barefoot star Robert Redford, Edelman would later appear in Simon's The Odd Couple and California Suite, and in the Redford/Barbara Streisand vehicle The Way We Were (1973). In 1968, Edelman co-starred with Bob Denver in the two-season TV sitcom The Good Guys. Nine years later, he starred as one-half of the title role in the weekly TV comedy/fantasy Big John, Little John (Robbie Rist was the "Little" one). Other TV series featuring Herb Edelman on a regular or recurring basis included Ladies Man, 9 to 5, Strike Force and Murder She Wrote. Fans of the sitcom The Golden Girls may remember Edelman for playing Stanley, Bea Arthur's irksome ex-husband. Edelman died of emphysema at the Motion Picture Hospital in Los Angeles on July 21, 1996; he was 62. Expand

Herb Edelman's Scores

Average career score: 82
Highest Metascore: 82 The Golden Girls: Season 1
Lowest Metascore: 82 The Golden Girls: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
1 tv review
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd Murder, She Wrote: Season 11 Sep 25, 1994 Lt. Artie Gelber / Lt. Artie Gelber tbd
tbd Murder, She Wrote: Season 10 Sep 12, 1993 Lt. Artie Gilber / Lt. Artie Gelber tbd
tbd Murder, She Wrote: Season 9 Sep 20, 1992 Lt. Artie Gelber / Lt. Artie Gelber tbd
tbd The Golden Girls: Season 7 Sep 21, 1991 Stanley Zbornak / Herb Edelman / Stan / Stan Zbornak / Guest 10
tbd The Golden Girls: Season 6 Sep 22, 1990 Stanley Zbornak / Herb Edelman / Stan / Guest 9.8
tbd MacGyver: Season 6 Sep 17, 1990 Gorman tbd
tbd Knots Landing: Season 12 Sep 13, 1990 Sgt. Levine tbd
tbd The Golden Girls: Season 5 Sep 23, 1989 Stanley Zbornak / Herb Edelman / Stan / Guest 9.5
tbd The Golden Girls: Season 4 Oct 8, 1988 Stanley Zbornak / Herb Edelman / Guest 9.8
tbd The Golden Girls: Season 3 Sep 19, 1987 Stanley Zbornak / Actor / Herb Edelman / Guest 9.8
tbd St. Elsewhere: Season 6 Sep 16, 1987 Richard tbd
tbd Murder, She Wrote: Season 3 Sep 28, 1986 Max Hellinger tbd
tbd The Golden Girls: Season 2 Sep 27, 1986 Stanley Zbornak / Herb Edelman / Stan / Guest 9.4
tbd St. Elsewhere: Season 5 Sep 24, 1986 Richard tbd
tbd Murder, She Wrote: Season 2 Sep 29, 1985 Lt. Varick tbd
tbd The Love Boat: Season 9 Sep 28, 1985 Dr. Ivan Petrovska tbd
tbd St. Elsewhere: Season 4 Sep 18, 1985 Richard tbd
82 The Golden Girls: Season 1 Sep 14, 1985 Stanley Zbornak / Herb Edelman / Stan / Stan Zbornak / Guest 8.7
tbd Murder, She Wrote: Season 1 Sep 30, 1984 Bus Driver 8.5
tbd St. Elsewhere: Season 3 Sep 19, 1984 Richard tbd
tbd The Love Boat: Season 7 Oct 8, 1983 Robert Savage tbd
tbd The Love Boat: Season 5 Oct 3, 1981 Howard Van Buren tbd
tbd Charlie's Angels (1977): Season 3 Sep 13, 1978 Herb Edelman / Joey January tbd
tbd CHiPs: Season 1 Sep 15, 1977 Sanders tbd
tbd Barney Miller: Season 1 Jan 23, 1975 Schuster tbd
tbd The Streets of San Francisco (1972): Season 3 Sep 12, 1974 Sam tbd
tbd Happy Days: Season 2 Sep 10, 1974 Burglar tbd
tbd Ironside: Season 7 Sep 13, 1973 David / Herb Edelman tbd
tbd The Streets of San Francisco (1972): Season 2 Sep 13, 1973 Lew tbd
tbd Banacek: Season 1 Sep 13, 1972 Thaddenhurst / Guest tbd