Harold Gould, 'Mary Tyler Moore' actor, dead

Harold-GouldImage Credit: Ryan Miller/Getty ImagesHarold Gould, the actor who played Rhoda’s father Martin Morgenstern on both The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rhoda, has passed away, the New York Times reports. The actor — who died of prostate cancer — was 86 years old.

Gould was well-known for his work in other sitcoms, like The Golden Girls, in which he played a widower who romanced Betty White’s Rose. The actor was also active on film, appearing in such movies as 1973’s The Sting, 1975’s Love and Death, and 1976’s Silent Movie. Among some of his other television credits: The Donna Reed Show, St. Elsewhere, Dallas, Perry Mason, The King of Queens, L.A. Law, Hawaii Five-0, Soap, The Love Boat, Mister Ed, That Girl, and Hogan’s Heroes.

“He was one of the dearest, kindest, most wonderful people you’d ever want to meet,” Rhoda star Valerie Harper told EW. “And he was a terrific actor…He’s what any girl would want as a father. And I got to have him. It’s a dimmer world without Harold.”

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  • DZ

    RIP, Harold. I will always remember him as Miles on The Golden Girls.

  • SRD

    I’ve watched him in TV and movies since I was a kid. Most recently in the Freaky Friday update. It was always good to see him. Rest in peace, Harold.

  • Dort

    Loved him in “The Sting”. Such a class act, RIP.

  • kcrozzie

    “The Sting” was my favorite Gould appearance too. Thanks for the good times, Harold

  • Tommy

    I agree with about his Sting performance. He had such grace, class and style in that film and he made a great dork at the end. Wonderful actor.

  • Allison

    For me Harold Gould will always be Rhoda’s father. RIP, and thank you for your legacy.

    • Annie

      Me too!

  • Rica

    He made a speech once on Soap about love and death that brought me to tears. Wonderful character actor.

  • jfms777

    If there is an afterlife, it is flooded with the greats from “The Golden Girls.”

  • anne

    I actually own the chair from the Golden Girls set. I’ll have a seat in it and have some cheesecake in his honor.

    • Rose

      Wow, you do? How did you get that?! Jealous!

  • The Jackal

    LMFAO! I love how when any non-famous bit player dies all the comments make them out to be Laurence Olivier! He was usually a working actor, that’s about it. All you geriatrics need to get a life!

    • leslee

      I am not a geriatric in any way. However, I did enjoy his work when I saw him and in no way am I comparing him to Olivier. How unfortunate that you are such a bitter creature.

    • Ms. Dipesto

      Why do you have to be such a jerk? I am far from geriatric and I’ve always loved his work. I guess it’s wrong of us to do so?

      RIP Mr. Gould. A lot of us appreciated your work, even if The Jerkal didn’t.

  • Mori

    I believe Harold Gould was the original Mr. Cunningham, father of Ron Howard’s Richie, when Happy Days first appeared as a segment on Love American Style. He was in so many of the shows I watched as a kid.

  • Tim

    He was a scream as the incredulous judge in the Goldie Hawn/Chevy Chase film “Seems Like Old Times”

    • Dave

      Yes, I had forgotten about that, he was so damn funny! But then again, I smiled every time he appeared because I knew he’d be great. Just an all-around fine character actor. Condolences to his family and fans.

  • Kevin T. Baldwin

    He also starred in many of the old “Insight” dramas that were produced in the late sixties by the Paulist Fathers. Gould and Martin Sheen starred together in one episode entitled “The Long Road Home”. Gould played God advising runaway bridegroom Sheen. I feel privledged that I got to see Gould live on stage as Morrie in “Tuesdays with Morrie”. Fantastic actor.

    • benjamin

      Condolences to Rhoda. First you lost your mom and now this. You and Brenda be strong for each other now.

  • Marc

    Harold Gould made the con look easy in “The Sting.” Rest in piece Kid Twist.

  • craig

    I loved him as the Judge in “Seems Like Old Times” with Goldie Hawn, such a funny Actor, R.I.P.

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