American actor Maxwell Trowbridge “Max” Gail, Jr. was born in Detroit on this date, April 5, 1943. . Raised in Grosse Ile, Michigan, Gail would later become an instructor for the University Liggett School before becoming an actor. He has has starred in stage, television, and film roles, with his debut role in 1970 for The Little Fox Theatre in San Francisco, California, playing Chief Bromden in the original stage production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
He is best known for his television role as Det. Stan “Wojo” Wojoehowicz in the sitcom Barney Miller (1975-1982). He also directed several episodes of Barney Miller as Maxwell Gail.
Gail’s best known feature film role is in D.C. Cab (1983) as Harold, the owner of the D.C. Cab taxi company. Gail appeared as Brooklyn Dodgers manager Burt Shotton in the 2013 film 42, a film about Jackie Robinson’s first two years as a member of the Dodgers organization, including his first year of playing at the Major League level in 1947.
Gail runs Full Circle, a production company which has featured documentaries on such subjects as Agent Orange, Native Americans, and nuclear issues.
Max Gail is 74 years old today.
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