Alan North Biography

Birthday: 1920-12-23
Place of Birth: The Bronx, New York
Wiki Biography: After wartime naval service, Alan North began in show business as a theatrical stage manager in New York. He first worked on Broadway in 'Plain and Fancy', doubling up as understudy for the small part of Isaac Miller. The play had a successful run between 1955 and 1956 (461 performances) and this led to further acting work in diverse productions, ranging from musical comedy to straight dramatic parts, both on and off Broadway. Alan last appeared as a quaint curmudgeonly character in 'Lake Hollywood' at the Signature Theater in 1999. Early in his career, Alan, an avid baseball fan, hosted a television program for the Baltimore Orioles as well as doing a regular sports broadcast at WRC-TV in Washington. However, he did not become a regular feature on the screen until the early 1970's, when he appeared in two big budget films, Plaza Suite (1971) and Serpico (1973). After that, Alan became an increasingly familiar presence on the small screen, invariably portraying law enforcers, priests and academics. He is most fondly remembered as Chief Ed Hocken in the hilarious, but sadly short-lived, spoof "Police Squad!" (1982), starring Leslie Nielsen, in which he delivered some very funny lines in a perfect dead-pan manner. He was not given the chance to repeat his role for the 'Naked Gun' series (the studio apparently insisted on a higher marquee value actor, casting Academy Award-winner George Kennedy instead). Alan died of cancer at the age of 79 in January 2000.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Love, Sidney Judge Mort Harris 1981 Comedy
Police Squad! Capt. Ed Hocken 1982 - 1982
Lean on Me Mayor Don Bottman 1989 Action
Highlander Lieutenant Frank Moran 1992 - 1998 Adventure
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Plaza Suite 1971 Comedy, Drama
Thief of Hearts 1985 Drama, Thriller, Crime
Highlander Lieutenant Frank Moran 1986 0
Billy Galvin George 1988 Drama
Lean On Me Mayor Don Bottman 1989
Glory Gov. John Albion Andrew 1989 Romance, 0
Rachel River 1989 Drama
See No Evil, Hear No Evil Braddock 1989 Action, Comedy, Crime
Crazy People 1990 Comedy
The Jerky Boys Micky Crump 1995 Comedy, Crime
Cafe Society Frank Hogan 1996 Drama, Mystery
The Long Kiss Goodnight 1996 Action, Crime, Drama
Shadows of the Past Jarvisn Brown 1999 Drama
I'll Take You There Max 1999 Comedy, Drama, Romance