Hal Linden began his career as a musician and singer in a big band in the 1950s. He made his first Broadway appearance when he replaced Sydney Chaplin in the musical ‘Bells Are Ringing’ in 1958.
He made another breakthrough with his role as Billy Crocker in the revival of the musical ‘Anything Goes’ in 1962.
Later, he turned to television and appeared in the police sitcom ‘Barry Miller’ and earned seven Emmy Award nominations and four Golden Globe nominations for his work in the series, from 1975 to 1982.
He appeared in many television films that include ‘I Do! I Do!’ (1982) and ‘The Plane That Couldn’t Land’ (1983). Linden received positive reviews for his role as Rabbi Bass in the series ‘Supernatural’ (2013) and Leonard Maxwell in ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’ (2018).