Actor. Born Harold V. Goldstein, the son of a postal worker and a homemaker, he attended Albany State Teachers College, and would abandon his studies while serving with the United States Army; he was assigned to a mortar platoon and saw action in France during World War II. Upon returning home, he received his PhD in Dramatic Speech and Literature from Cornell University, where he later served as a professor. He launched his Hollywood career during the early 1960s, gradually becoming one of the busiest and most recognized character performers over the next five decades. He appeared in scores of TV programs and films, among them "Dennis the Menace," "Route 66," "That Girl," "The Wild, Wild West," "Hogan's Heroes," and "The Golden Girls," the movies "Harper" (1966), "The Sting" (1973), "Patch Adams" (1998) and "Stuart Little" (1999). He had featured roles in the TV series "Rhoda" (1974 to 1978) as Martin Morgenstern, and "The Feather and Father Gang" (1976 to 1977). Gould also had the distinction of introducing the character of Howard Cunningham opposite Ron Howard in a 1972 episode of the series "Love, American Style." The segment inspired the TV series "Happy Days." In addition Gould earned the reputation as a gifted stage performer, receiving an Obie Award for his part in the production of "The Increased Difficulty of Concentration" in 1969. His Broadway credits include "Grown Ups" (1981 to 1982), and "Artist Descending a Staircase" (1989).
Bio by: C.S.