Adler, Jerry 1929–

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Adler, Jerry 1929–


Born February 4, 1929, in Brooklyn, New York, NY; son of Philip (a general manager of the Group Theatre) and Pauline Adler; married Dolores Parker (divorced); married Cathy Rice (a dancer and choreographer). Education: Attended Syracuse University; studied directing with Sawyer Falk and Ervin Piscator.

Addresses: Agent—Paradigm, 360 North Crescent Dr., North Building, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.

Career: Director, producer, production supervisor, stage manager, and actor.

Member: Directors Guild of America, Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers (member of executive board).

Awards, Honors: Drama Desk Award nomination, outstanding director of a musical, 1976, for My Fair Lady.


Stage Work:

Assistant stage manager, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (musical), Ziegfeld Theatre, New York City, 1950.

Stage manager, Seventeen (musical), Broadhurst Theatre, New York City, 1951.

Stage manager, Of Thee I Sing (musical), Ziegfield Theatre, 1952.

Stage manger, Lunatics and Lovers, Broadhurst Theatre, 1954–55.

Stage manager, My Fair Lady (musical), Mark Hellinger Theatre, New York City, 1956–62, Broadhurst Theatre, 1962, Broadway Theatre, New York City, 1962, Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, NJ, 1964.

Director, All My Sons, Lenox Hill Playhouse, New York City, 1957.

Producer, Orson Welles' "Moby Dick" (also known as Moby Dick), Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York City, 1962.

Stage manager, The Jack Benny Show, Ziegfield Theatre, 1963.

Stage manager, The Girl Who Came to Supper (musical), Broadway Theatre, 1963–64.

Stage manager, Lunatics and Lovers, 1964.

Stage manager, Oh! What a Lovely War (musical revue), Broadhurst Theatre, 1964.

Production stage manager, I Had a Ball (musical), Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, 1964–65.

Producer, Drat! The Cat! (musical), Martin Beck Theatre, 1965.

Production supervisor, Mark Twain Tonight! (solo show), Longacre Theatre, New York City, beginning 1966.

Production supervisor, A Time for Singing (musical), Broadway Theatre, 1966.

Production supervisor, The Apple Tree (musical), Shubert Theatre, New York City, 1966–67.

Production supervisor, At the Drop of Another Hat (musical revue), Booth Theatre, New York City, 1966–67.

Production supervisor, Black Comedy/White Lies (consists of the plays Black Comedy and White Lies), Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York City, 1967.

Production supervisor, Little Murders, Broadhurst Theatre, 1967.

Production supervisor, The Unknown Soldier and His Wife, Lincoln Center, Vivian Beaumont Theater, New York City, and George Abbott Theatre, New York City, both 1967.

Production supervisor, Marlene Dietrich, Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, New York City, 1967, and Mark Hellinger Theatre, 1968.

Director, Black Comedy, Paper Mill Playhouse, 1968.

Production supervisor, Dear World (musical), Mark Hellinger Theatre, 1968–69.

Director, The Ofay Watchers, Stage 73, New York City, 1969.

Production stage manager, Coco (musical), Mark Hellinger Theatre, 1969–70.

Production supervisor, Home, Morosco Theatre, New York City, 1970–71.

Director, Charlie Was Here and Now He's Gone, Eastside Playhouse, New York City, 1971.

Director, The Homecoming, Bijou Theatre, New York City, 1971.

Director, Fun City, Morosco Theatre, 1971–72.

Director, Conflict of Interest, Arena Stage, Washington, DC, 1972.

Production supervisor, 6 Rms Riv Vu, Helen Hayes Theatre, New York City, 1972–73, then Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 1973.

Director, Good Evening (revue), Plymouth Theatre, New York City, 1973–74.

Director, Words & Music (musical revue), John Golden Theatre, New York City 1974.

Production supervisor, Ulysses in Nighttown, Winter Garden Theatre, New York City, 1974.

Production supervisor, Who's Who in Hell, Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 1974.

Director, We Interrupt This Program …, Ambassador Theatre, New York City, 1975.

Director, Checking Out, Longacre Theatre, 1976.

Director, My Fair Lady (musical), St. James Theatre, New York City, 1976, Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 1976–77.

Director, That Championship Season, 1977.

Director, California Suite, 1978.

Production supervisor, I Remember Mama (musical), Majestic Theatre, New York City, 1979.

Production supervisor, Last Licks, Longacre Theatre, 1979.

Director, Survival Kitsch, Playwrights Horizons Theatre, New York City, 1980.

Production supervisor, Camelot (musical), Lincoln Center, New York State Theater, New York City, 1980.

Director, The Little Prince and the Aviator (musical), Alvin Theatre, New York City, 1981–82.

Director, Play Me a Country Song (musical), Virginia Theatre, New York City, 1982.

Director, Annie (musical), Paper Mill Playhouse, c. 1983–84.

Worked as the director of Light Up the Sky and A View from the Bridge. Also worked as a production supervisor for Anna Christie, Annie (musical), and Halfway Up the Tree.

Major Tours; Director:

Good Evening (revue), 1975.

Words and Music (musical revue), 1975–76.

Hellzapoppin' (musical), U.S. cities, 1976–77.

My Fair Lady (musical), 1977–78.

Stage Appearances:

Mr. Miller, Taller Than a Dwarf, Longacre Theatre, New York City, 2000.

Jimmy, Going Native, Long Wharf Theatre Stage II, New Haven, CT, 2002.

Film Appearances:

Arthur Nabler, The Public Eye, Universal, 1992.

Paul House, Manhattan Murder Mystery, TriStar, 1993.

Event coordinator, Larger Than Life (also known as Large as Life and Nickel and Dime), United Artists, 1996.

Judge, Getting Away with Murder, Savoy Pictures, 1996.

Morton Makeshift, For Better or Worse (also known as Stranger Things), Columbia, 1996.

Norman Tuckman, A Delicatessen Story, 1996.

Louis Varga, Six Ways to Sunday, Stratosphere Entertainment, 1998.

Rick Trainer, 30 Days, Arrow Releasing, 1999.

Freak Weather, HKM Films, 1999.

Jerry (doorman), Bad Dog (short film), 2000.

Limousine driver, Mixed Signals, 2001.

Don, Waiting for Maggio (short film), Sedagive Entertainment, 2004.

Lewis Feldman, In Her Shoes, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2005.

Sam, Prime, Universal/Focus Features, 2005.

DiNorscio's lawyer, Find Me Guilty (also known as Find Me Guilty: The Jackie Dee Story), Freestyle Releasing/Yari Film Group Releasing, 2006.

Mr. Zweig, The Memory Thief (also known as Inconsolable and The Last Jew), 2006.

Television Appearances; Series:

Mr. Wicker (the superintendent), Mad about You (also known as Loved by You), NBC, 1993–98.

Lieutenant Al Teischler, Hudson Street, ABC, 1995–96.

Al Lerner, Alright Already (also known as Ocean Drive), The WB, 1997–98.

Herman "Hesh" Rabkin, The Sopranos (also known as Made in New Jersey), HBO, 1999–2004, beginning again in 2006.

Sam Stewart, Raising Dad (also known as In Your Dreams and Wake Up, Dad), The WB, 2001–2002.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Burt Hornstein, Aftershock: Earthquake in New York (also known as Afterschock-Das grosse Beben, Erdbeben-Inferno: Wenn die Welt untergeht, and New York—Der juengste Tag), CBS, 1999.

Maurice Tempelsman, Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (also known as Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis: A Life), CBS, 2000.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Mort, Exclusive, ABC, 1992.

Murray, The Odd Couple: Together Again, 1993.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Bert Mendel, "Old Fools," Brooklyn Bridge, CBS, 1991.

Lenny Greenman, "It's a Wonderful Leap—May 10, 1958," Quantum Leap, NBC, 1992.

Sergeant Panino, "Murray's Tale," Mad about You (also known as Loved by You), NBC, 1993.

Rabbi Schulman, "Fish Story," Northern Exposure, CBS, 1994.

Rabbi Schulman, "Shofar, So Good," Northern Exposure, CBS, 1994.

Mr. Ross, "All in the Family," New York Undercover (also known as Uptown Undercover), Fox, 1995.

Rabbi Schulman, "Tranquility Base (Our Town)," Northern Exposure, CBS, 1995.

William Boggs, The Wright Verdicts, 1995.

Judge Nathan Parks, "I.D.," Law & Order (also known as Law & Order Prime), NBC, 1996.

Police commissioner Gould, "Dog Day Afternoon," Spin City (also known as Spin), ABC, 1996.

Judge Fischbein, "Protecting the Source," LateLine, NBC, 1999.

Murray, "Lies," Tracey Takes On …, HBO, 1999.

Perlman, "Spell Check," Wonderland, ABC, 2000.

Jules Ziegler, "Holy Night," The West Wing (also known as West Wing and El ala oeste de la Casablanca), NBC, 2002.

Cardinal Benedetti, "From the Grave," CSI: Miami, CBS, 2005.

Jerry, "The West Palm Story," The War at Home, Fox, 2006.

Also appeared as Max Decker in "To Have and to Hold" and "White Knight," both unaired episodes of Bull, TNT.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Lieutenant Al Teischler, Hudson Street, ABC, 1995.

Herman "Hesh" Rabkin, The Sopranos (also known as Made in New Jersey), HBO, 1999.

Sam Stewart, Raising Dad (also known as In Your Dreams and Wake Up, Dad), The WB, 2001.

Television Work; Series:

Worked as a stage manager on Search for Tomorrow (also known as Search for Happiness), CBS and NBC.

Television Work; Movies:

Director, Class of '86 (also known as National Lampoon's "Class of '86"), Showtime, 1986.

Television Work; Specials:

Production assistant, Mark Twain Tonight!, CBS, 1967.

Stage manager, NBC's 60th Anniversary Celebration, NBC, 1986.

Television Work; Awards Presentations:

Production assistant, The Tony Awards, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963.

Television Director; Episodic:

Some sources state that Adler directed episodes of The Sopranos, HBO.



New York Times, November 1, 1992, p. H18.