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Maxwell Trowbridge Gail Jr. (born April 5, 1943), known as Max Gail, is an American actor who has starred in stage, television, and film roles. He is best known for his role as Detective Stan "Wojo" Wojciehowicz on the sitcom Barney Miller (1975–1982), which earned him two consecutive Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series nominations.
Gail in 1975
Maxwell Trowbridge Gail Jr.
April 5, 1943
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
(m. 1983; died 1986)
Nan Harris (m. 1989)
Gail was born in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Mary Elizabeth (née Scanlon) and Maxwell Trowbridge Gail, a businessman, and raised in Grosse Ile, Michigan. He has a twin sister, actress Mary Gail.
He attended Williams College, and was later an instructor for the University Liggett School before becoming an actor. His acting debut came in 1970 for the Little Fox Theatre in San Francisco, California, playing Chief Bromden in the original stage production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. In 1973, he reprised this role in his New York stage debut.
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Gail is best known for his television role as Det. Stan "Wojo" Wojciehowicz in the sitcom Barney Miller (1975-1982). Gail's best known feature film role is in D.C. Cab (1983) as Harold, the owner of the D.C. Cab taxi company. He directed several episodes of Barney Miller as Maxwell Gail.
In 1984, Gail was featured in the monodrama The Babe on Broadway. This stage play was filmed and later featured on PBS. Gail has starred in other TV series including Whiz Kids (1983) as Llewellan Farley, Jr., an investigative reporter who is friends with a group of teenaged computer hackers. He worked on the short-lived Normal Life (1990). He has appeared on the TV series Sons & Daughters (2006).
Gail has made many guest appearances on TV shows such as: Walker, Texas Ranger (ep. Whitewater), Cannon, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, Due South, The Streets of San Francisco, Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers, The Drew Carey Show, Hawaii Five-0, Quantum Leap, Psych, Longmire, Gary Unmarried, NCIS, Scorpion, Mad Men.
Gail appeared as Brooklyn Dodgers manager Burt Shotton in the 2013 film 42, a film about Jackie Robinson's first two years as a member of the Dodgers organization, including his first year of playing at the Major League level in 1947.
Gail's first wife, Willie Bier, died of cancer in 1986 after three years of marriage. The experience inspired Gail to be the narrator of the alternate medicine film documentary "Hoxsey: When Healing Becomes a Crime" (1988). They have a daughter, India. He and his second wife, Nan, have two children, Maxwell and Grace.
- The Organization (1971) - Rudy
- Dirty Harry (1971) - Tunnel Hoodlum #1 (uncredited)
- Night Moves (1975) - Stud
- Curse of the Black Widow (1977, TV Movie) - Ragsdale
- Cardiac Arrest (1980) - Leigh Gregory
- D.C. Cab (1983) - Harold
- Heartbreakers (1984) - King
- Where are the Children (1986) - Clay Eldridge
- Matlock (1986) - Lt. Chet Webber
- Man Against the Mob (1988) - Judah Best
- Murder, She Wrote (1989) - Stanley Holmes, “Dead Letter” Episode
- Our Shining Moment (1991, TV Movie) - John McGuire Jr.
- Dangerous Touch (1994) - Jasper Stone
- Pontiac Moon (1994) - Jerome Bellamy
- Deadly Target (1994) - Captain Peters
- Home Improvement (1995) - Officer Carl Keegan
- Good Luck (1996) - Farmer John
- Forest Warrior (1996) - Sheriff Ramsey
- Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction (1997) - Buck/grandpa
- Judgment Day (1999) - General William 'Bill' Meech
- Facing the Enemy (2001) - Thomas Galloway
- Tillamook Treasure (2006) - Grandpa Kimbell
- Dexter (2007, TV Series) - Banana Boat Tour Guide
- You Don't Know Jack: The Jack Soo Story (2009) - Himself
- Always and Forever (2009, TV Movie) - Bill Anderson
- Psych (2012-2013, TV Series) - Jerry Carp
- 42 (2013) - Burt Shotton
- The Frontier (2015) - Sean
- I'll See You In My Dreams (2015) - Carl
- Mad Men (2015, TV Series) - Floyd
- Underdog Kids (2015) - Charlie
- Longmire (2015, TV Series) - Thomas Hoyt
- Review (2015, TV Series) - Forrest's Father
- The Hero (2017) - Gary Babcock
- Hawaii Five-0 (2017, TV Series) - Bill Walker
- Abundant Acreage Available (2017) - Hans
- General Hospital (2018-) - Mike Corbin
- The Cool Kids (2018) - Robert
- Profile, Filmreference.com; accessed June 12, 2018.
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