Gerald Hiken Biography (1927-)

Born May 23, 1927, in Milwaukee, WI; son of Nathan (a merchant) and Marian (Shapiro) Hiken; married Barbara Lerner (a make-up artist), September 23, 1961;children: one daughter. Addresses: HOME--910 Moreno Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94303.

Favorite roles: All Chekhov roles.

Birth Details
May 23, 1927
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

Famous Works

  • Credits
  • OFF-BROADWAY DEBUT--Trofimoff, The Cherry Orchard, Fourth Street Theatre,1955.
  • LONDON DEBUT--Andrei, The Three Sisters, Actors Studio, World Theatre Season, Aldwych Theatre, 1965.
  • Richard, Hay Fever, Linden Circle Theatre, Milwaukee, WI, 1949.
  • Eddie Brock, Born Yesterday, Erie Playhouse, Erie, PA, 1951.
  • Telegin, then title role, Uncle Vanya, Fourth Street Theatre, New York City, 1956.
  • Don Parritt, The Iceman Cometh, Circle in the Square, New York City, 1956.
  • Blaise, The Lovers, Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, 1956.
  • Semyon Semyonovitch, Medvedenko, The Seagull, Fourth Street Theatre, 1956.
  • Wong, The Good Woman of Setzuan, Phoenix Theatre, New York City, 1956.
  • Alceste, The Misanthrope, Theatre East, New York City, 1956.
  • the Father, The Cave Dwellers, Bijou Theatre, New York City, 1957.
  • Clov, Endgame, Cherry Lane Theatre, New York City, 1958.
  • the Supervisor, The Enchanted, Renata Theatre, New York City, 1958.
  • Hovstad, An Enemy of the People, Actors Playhouse, New York City, 1959.
  • Max the Millionaire, The Nervous Set, Henry Miller's Theatre, New York City, 1959; andrei Prozoroff, The Three Sisters, Fourth Street Theatre, 1959.
  • Michepain, The Fighting Cock, American National Theatre and Academy Theatre, New York City, 1959.
  • Morris "Moishe" Golub, The 49th Cousin, Ambassador Theatre, New York City, 1960.
  • the Condemned Man and the Hangman, Gallows Humor, Gramercy Arts Theatre,New York City, 1961.
  • Arthur Groomkirby, One Way Pendulum, East 74th Street Theatre, New York City, 1961.
  • title role, Gideon, Plymouth Theatre, New York City, 1961.
  • Shortcut, Foxy, Ziegfeld Theatre, New York City, 1964; andrei, The ThreeSisters, Actors Studio, Morosco Theatre, New York City, 1964.
  • Stanley, The Birthday Party, University of California at Los Angeles Theatre Group, Los Angeles, CA, 1965.
  • title role, Scapin, Stanford University Repertory Theatre, Stanford, CA,1965.
  • Lafeu, All's Well That Ends Well, Wong, The Good Woman of Setzuan, and Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, all Stanford University Repertory Theatre, 1966.
  • Gaev, The Cherry Orchard, Bill Maitland, Inadmissable Evidence, the Playwright, Once in a Lifetime, and the Author, The Cavern, all Stanford University Repertory Theatre, 1967.
  • Mathern, Cock-a-Doodle Dandy, Ossip, The Inspector General, and Sidney, The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window, all Stanford University Repertory Theatre, 1968.
  • Morris Meyerson, Golda, Morosco Theatre, 1977.
  • Ed Lemon, Mackerel, Hartford Stage Company, Hartford, CT, 1978.
  • Steve Miller, Gracious Living, Eisenhower Theatre, Kennedy Center for thePerforming Arts, Washington, DC, 1978.
  • the Common Man, A Man for All Seasons, Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, 1979.
  • title role and Actor, Strider: The Story of a Horse, Chelsea Theatre Center, Westside Theatre, then Helen Hayes Theatre, both New York City, 1979.
  • Snetsky, Fools, Eugene O'Neill Theatre, New York City, 1981.
  • David Malter, The Chosen, Second Avenue Theatre, New York City, 1988.
  • Also appeared in Twelfth Night and The Physician in Spite of Himself, both Little Theatre, Houston, TX, 1949; in Dig We Must, John Drew Theatre, EastHampton, NY, 1959; as Stockman, An Enemy of the People, and in Major Barbara,both Princeton, NJ, 1960; in Brecht on Brecht, Theatre De Lys, New York City, 1962; An Enemy of the People, Los Angeles Actor's Theatre, Los Angeles, 1984; The Quartered Man, Los Angeles Actor's Theatre, 1986; Barabbas, Los Angeles Theatre Center, Los Angeles, 1987; and in various productions at Lake Geneva, WI, 1950; at the Erie Playhouse, 1951-53; Brattle Theatre, Cambridge, MA,1952; with the Port Players, in Wisconsin, 1953; at the Arena Stage, Washington, DC, 1953-55; and with the New Theatre, in Los Angeles, 1968-77.
  • Producer and director, Hay Fever, Linden Circle Theatre, Milwaukee, WI, 1949.
  • director, Beautiful People and Earnest, both Rice Institute, Houston, TX,1951.
  • assistant director, Mother Courage and Her Children, Martin Beck Theatre,New York City, 1963.
  • Credits; MAJOR TOURS
  • Moishe, Sweet and Sour, U.S. cities, 1958.
  • Also with the New Theatre, U.S. cities, 1968-77.
  • FILM DEBUT--Ilya Ilyich Telegin ("Waffles"), Uncle Vanya, Continental Distributing, 1958.
  • Uncle, The Goddess, Columbia, 1958.
  • Gully, Invitation to a Gunfighter, United Artists, 1964.
  • Mahlon, Funnyman, New Yorker, 1967.
  • Chick, Company of Killers, Universal, 1970.
  • station master, The Candidate, Warner Brothers, 1972.
  • painter, Fuzz, United Artists, 1972; andrei, The Three Sisters, NTA, 1977.
  • Dr. Lorber, Reds, Paramount, 1981.
  • Reb Shulem, War and Love, Cannon, 1985.
  • TELEVISION DEBUT--Title role, "Uncle Vanya," Camera Three, CBS, 1956.
  • Professor Anderson, James A. Michener's "Space" (also known as Space), CBS, 1985.
  • Erdheim, Nutcracker: Money, Madness, and Murder, CBS, 1987.
  • Credits; PILOTS
  • Etienne Jacoby, Once Upon a Dead Man, NBC, 1971.
  • Father Heller, Spencer's Pilots, CBS, 1976.
  • Kokotchka, Circus, ABC, 1987.
  • Credits; EPISODIC
  • St. Ignatius, Lamp Unto My Feet, CBS, 1956.
  • Dr. Bernie Applebaum, The Partridge Family, ABC, 1970.
  • Squire Hacker, "A Message from Charity," The Twilight Zone, CBS, 1985.
  • Alexandrov Dimitri, Newhart, CBS, 1986.
  • Robin Baskins, St. Elsewhere (two episodes), NBC, 1987.
  • Mr. Crebbin, Who's the Boss?, ABC, 1987.
  • Denis, Cheers (two episodes), NBC, 1988.
  • Dr. Redding, Matlock, NBC, 1988.
  • Horowitz, Something Is Out There, NBC, 1988.
  • Also All in the Family, CBS, 1976; as Private Lester Mendelsohn, The PhilSilvers Show, CBS; in Armstrong Circle Theatre, CBS; U.S. Steel Hour, CBS; Car 54, Where Are You?, NBC; The Untouchables, ABC; You'll Never Get Rich, CBS; Studio One, CBS; The Defenders, CBS; Eleventh Hour, NBC; Dupont Show of theMonth, NBC; The Farmer's Daughter,ABC; Naked City, ABC; Occasional Wife, NBC; Judd for the Defense,ABC; Mission Impossible, CBS; Play of the Week, NTA; Omnibus.
  • Credits; MOVIES
  • Judge Arnold Lerner, The Law, NBC, 1974.
  • Fischel Shpunt, The Wall, CBS, 1982.
  • Jack, Love Leads the Way, Disney Channel, 1984.
  • Theo Grant, Blackout, HBO, 1985.
  • Mr. Freilich, Crossings, ABC, 1986.
  • John, Liberace, ABC, 1988.
  • Dix, Street of Dreams, NBC, 1988.
  • Also A Case of Rape, NBC, 1974; Strange Voices, CBS, 1987.
  • Credits; SPECIALS
  • Frank Olmstead, "There Shall Be No Night," Hallmark Hall of Fame, NBC, 1957.
  • Also The Ballad of Louie the Louse, CBS, 1959; The Whirlwind, CBS, 1974;also appeared The Lady's Not for Burning, Eternal Light, and Cain's Hundred.

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