Theatre, Film, and Television Biographies
Ned Glass to Jane Greenwood
Merwin Goldsmith Biography (1937-)
Born August 7, 1937, in Detroit, MI; son of Max Harold (a seller of corrugated boxes) and Alice Flora (an elementary science teacher; maiden name, Singer)Goldsmith; married Susan Leigh Benson (a cosmetologist), March, 1966 (divorced, 1969). Addresses: HOME--66 West 88th St., New York, NY 10024. AGENT--Monty Silver Agency, 200 West 57th St., New York, NY 10019.
Merwin Goldsmith informs CTFT that he works occasionally as a professional still photographer. He speaks and studies French and Hebrew.
- Birth Details
- August 7, 1937
- Detroit, Michigan, United States
- STAGE DEBUT--Ralph Devine, Auntie Mame, Northland Playhouse, Detroit, MI,for eight performances, 1958.
- OFF-BROADWAY DEBUT--Rossencraft, The Naked Hamlet, New York Shakespeare Festival (NYSF), Public Theatre, for forty-six performances, 1967.
Credits; PRINCIPAL STAGE APPEARANCES
- At Liverpool Playhouse, U.K., 1964-65: Dr. Grenock, The Scandalous Affairof Mr. Kettle and Mrs. Moon; wicked chancellor, The Heartless Princess; SirCharles Freeman, The Beaux Stratagem; Jimmy, Playboy of the Western World; Lt. O'Brien, License to Murder; Fat Prince, The Caucasian Chalk Circle; Streetsinger, La Mandragola; R.O. Man, Sparrers Can't Sing; Embezzler, The Quare Fellow; Boatswain, The Tempest; Lt. Espoir, My Three Angels.
- At Ashton Pavilion Theatre, St. Anne's-on-Sea, U.K., 1965: Robert Freeman, Semi-Detached; Edward, Roar Like a Dove; Oscar, Miss Pell Is Missing; Reverend Toop, Pools Paradise; Daniel, Trap for a Lonely Man; Jitters, No Time forLove; and Charlie, Never Too Late.
Credits; At Theatre of the Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA, 1965-67
- Aufschnitt, The Last Analysis; Phillipe, Louis XVI, Poor Bitos; Sir Christopher Hatton, the justice, and the Italian singer, The Critic; various roles, U.S.A.; Nick, The Time of Your Life; Theramenes, Phaedra; transvestite singer, Beclch; Harry Binion, Room Service; the milkman, Dream of Love.
- Sir Francis Beekman, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Music Fairs, 1965.
- Captain Vere, Billy Budd, Bucks County Playhouse, New Hope, PA, 1967.
- Pottsy Granger, Leda Had a Little Swan, Cort Theatre, New York City, 1968.
- Mr. Hochmeister, Minnie's Boys, Imperial Theatre, New York City, 1970.
- Fishmonger, King of Schnorrers, Goodspeed Opera House, East Haddam, CT, 1971.
- Wicked Magician, Comedy, Colonial Theatre, Boston, 1972.
- Jacob Hooper, Wanted, Cherry Lane Theatre, New York City, 1972.
- Dogberry, Much Ado about Nothing, American Shakespeare Festival, Stratford, CT, 1973.
- At Goodman Theatre, Chicago, 1973: Ludlow Lowell, Pal Joey, Hebble Tyson,The Lady's Not for Burning, and Owen O'Malley, On the Twentieth Century.
- Pastor, The Visit, and Lapige, Chemin de Fer, both Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York City, 1973.
- Papa, Laugh a Little, Cry a Little, Music Fairs, 1974.
- Barney Cashman, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Four Seasons Dinner Theatre,1974.
- At Syracuse Stage, Syracuse, NY, 1974-75: Nicolla, Arms and the Man, first king and brute, The Butterfingers Angel, Judge Brack, Hedda Gabler, and theHusband, La Ronde.
- Mr. Ablett, Trelawny of the Wells, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, New York City, 1975.
- House Speaker, Rubbers, and Yanks, both American Place Theatre, New YorkCity, 1975.
- Comus, Rex, Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, New York City, 1976.
- Chairman Withenshaw, Dirty Linen, John Golden Theatre, New York City, 1977.
- Ali Hakim, Oklahoma!, Artpark, 1978.
- Gabriel Astruc, Chinchilla, Phoenix Theatre, New York City, 1979.
- Lou Cohn, The 1940's Radio Hour, St. James Theatre, New York City, 1979.
- Various roles, Real Life Funnies, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City,1981.
- Uncle Ben, Death of a Salesman, Sharon Playhouse, Sharon, CT, 1982.
- Reverend Chausible, The Importance of Being Earnest, and Father, Holiday,both Sharon Playhouse, 1982.
- Harry Costello, The Great Magoo, Hartford Stage Company, CT, 1982.
- Willy Curry, Slab Boys, Playhouse Theatre, New York City, 1982.
- Horace Vandergelder, Hello, Dolly!, Artpark, 1983.
- Mayor Shinn, The Music Man, Artpark, 1984.
- Semyon, The Bathers, Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1984.
- Alcindoro, La Boheme, NYSF, Public Theatre, New York City, 1984.
- Joe Josephson, Merrily We Roll Along, La Jolla Playhouse, CA, 1985.
- Gremio, The Taming of the Shrew, American Shakespeare Festival, CT, 1985.
- Mr. Van Daan, Yours, Anne, Playhouse 91, New York City, 1985.
- Polonius, Hamlet, American Shakespeare Festival, 1986.
- Pittalaluga, Idiot's Delight, American National Theatre, Kennedy Center,Washington, DC, 1986.
Credits; MAJOR TOURS
- Lazar Wolf and understudy Tevya, Fiddler on the Roof, First National Company, 1968-69.
Credits; PRINCIPAL STAGE WORK
- Director, Vanities, Beverly Hills Playhouse, CA, 1980; industrial shows for Pulsar Watches, 1982, and Arrow Shirts, 1983.
- FILM DEBUT--Jerk at the bar, Shamus, Columbia, 1972.
- PRINCIPAL FILM APPEARANCES--Maxie, Hercules in New York, independent, 1972.
- Charley, Boardwalk, independent, 1979.
- Boutique owner, Soup for One, Warner Brothers, 1981.
- Dave Lewis, So Fine, Warner Brothers, 1981.
- Sid, Blue Heaven, independent, 1984.
- The producer, Lily in Love, Robert Halmi Productions, 1984.
- Lou, Making Mr. Right, Orion Pictures, 1986.
Credits; PRINCIPAL TELEVISION APPEARANCES; SERIES
- George Coolidge, The Goodtime Girls, ABC, 1980.
- All My Children, ABC.
- Ryan's Hope, ABC.
- The Guiding Light, CBS.
- Search for Tomorrow, NBC.
- The Doctors, ABC.
- As the World Turns, CBS.
- Another World, NBC.
- Love of Life, CBS.
- Sergeant Janowitz, Wide World of Mystery, ABC, 1974.
- TV Stage Manager, Love, Sydney, NBC, 1982.
- MINI-SERIES Ambassador Zorin, Kennedy, NBC, 1983.
- The process server, The Connection, ABC, 1972.
- Top buyer, Sessions, NBC, 1982.
Credits; PRINCIPAL RADIO WORK
- General Rieekan, The Empire Strikes Back, various roles, A Canticle for Liebowitz, Cajun Johnny, Happiness, and Victor Dallas, Middleman Out, all forNational Public Radio.
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