Gail, Max 1943–

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Gail, Max 1943–

(Maxwell Gail, Max Gail, Jr., Maxwell Gail, Jr.)


Full name, Maxwell Trowbridge Gail, Jr.; born April 5, 1943, in Detroit, MI; son of Maxwell Trowbridge (in business) and Mary Elizabeth (maiden name, Scanlon) Gail; married Willie Mae Reese, February 12, 1983 (died, 1986); married, wife's name Nan, 1989; children: (first marriage) India Jade Sun–Ting; (second marriage) Max, Grace. Education: Williams College, B.A., 1965; University of Michigan, M.B.A., 1969.


Office—Full Circle Productions, P.O. Box 4160, Malibu, CA 90264–4160.


Actor, director, and producer. Full Circle Productions, Malibu, CA, president and partner. Worked as teacher of ancient history and English at a private school in Grosse Pointe, MI, 1965–67.


American Federation of Radio and Television Artists, Screen Actors Guild, Actors' Equity Association, Directors Guild of America, American Indian Movement, Artists for a Free South Africa.

Awards, Honors:

Emmy Award nominations, outstanding supporting actor in a comedy, variety, or music series, 1979 and 1980, both for Barney Miller.


Television Appearances; Series:

(Sometimes credited as Maxwell Gail) Detective Sergeant Stanley "Wojo" Wojciehowicz, Barney Miller, ABC, 1975–81.

Max Harlow, Normal Life, CBS, 1990.

Wendal Halbert, Sons & Daughters, ABC, 2006.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

First Sergeant Walder, Pearl, 1978.

(As Maxwell Gail) Professor Ray Morello, Naomi & Wynonna: Love Can Build a Bridge (also known as Love Can Build a Bridge), 1995.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Patrolman, The Priest Killer, 1971.

Ragsdale, Curse of the Black Widow (also known as Love Trap), 1977.

Henry Millen, Like Mom, Like Me, CBS, 1978.

Lieutenant Spangler, Desperate Women, 1978.

Andrew Spencer, 11th Victim (also known as The Lakeside Killer), 1979.

Russ Garner, The Aliens Are Coming, 1980.

Ray Garvey, Fun and Games, ABC, 1980.

Sal, The Other Lover, CBS, 1985.

Dr. Rudnick, Letting Go, 1985.

Jim Armbruster, Killer in the Mirror, NBC, 1986.

Mel Nichols, Can You Feel Me Dancing?, NBC, 1986.

Sol Kramer, Intimate Strangers, CBS, 1986.

Sam Davies, Tonight's the Night (also known as The Game of Love), ABC, 1987.

Narrator, Hoxsey: The Quack Who Cured Cancer (also known as Hoxsey: How Healing Becomes a Crime), 1987.

Vernon "Rusty" Kitchens, Man Against the Mob (also known as Trouble in the City of Angels), ABC, 1988.

Billy Ballew, The Outside Woman, ABC, 1989.

Harry, Somebody's Daughter, ABC, 1992.

Mr. Jurgens, A Child Lost Forever (also known as A Child Lost Forever: The Jerry Sherwood Story), NBC, 1992.

Judge Johnson, The Switch, CBS, 1993.

Jack Hayes, Ride with the Wind, ABC, 1994.

Tom Partridge, Sodbusters, Showtime, 1994.

Detective Michael Curran, Mortal Fear (also known as Robin Cook's "Mortal Fear"), NBC, 1994.

Arliss Johnson, Inheritance (also known as Louisa May Alcott's "The Inheritance"), CBS, 1997.

Art Koster, Tell Me No Secrets, NBC, 1997.

(As Max Gail, Jr.) Wayne Inman, Not in This Town, 1997.

General William "Bill" Meech, Judgment Day, HBO, 1999.

Ted Vance, The Perfect Wife, Lifetime, 2000.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Albanel, Mr. and Mrs. Cop, CBS, 1974.

Harry Stover, Harry and the Kids, ABC, 1985.

Will Costigan, Home, ABC, 1987.

John McGuire, Jr., Our Shining Moment, NBC, 1991.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Marion Blake, "Fool's Gold," Cannon, 1971.

Eddie, "The Rip Off," Cannon, 1972.

Tony, "Cop Killer," Shaft, 1974.

"Fatal Damage," Get Christie Love, 1974.

Donald S. "Don" Wilton, "Dead or Alive," The Streets of San Francisco, 1976.

Guest, Dinah! (also known as Dinah! & Friends), 1976.

Llewellen "Lew" Farley, Jr., "Altaira," Whiz Kids, CBS, 1984.

Barney Tucker, "Billboard Barney," Trapper John, M.D., 1985.

Charlie, "In the Cards," Tales of the Unexpected (also known as Roald Dahl's "Tales of the Unexpected"), 1985.

Duncan Moore, "Blue Man Down," Amazing Stories (also known as Steven Spielberg's "Amazing Stories"), 1987.

Lieutenant Chet Webber, "The Investigation: Parts 1 & 2," Matlock, 1988.

Stanley Holmes, "Dead Letter," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1989.

Harold, "Doogie Doesn't Live Here Anymore," Doogie Howser, M.D., ABC, 1992.

George Sanders, "Liberation—October 16, 1998," Quantum Leap, NBC, 1993.

Officer Carl Keegan, "No, No Godot," Home Improvement, ABC, 1995.

Dan Lundy, "Whitewater: Parts 1 & 2," Walker, Texas Ranger, CBS, 1995.

Charles B. Douglas/D. B. Cooper, "The Ballad of D. B. Cooper," Renegade, 1995.

Mr. Edwin James, "Washita: Parts 1 & 2," Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, CBS, 1995.

Mr. Edwin James, "Deal with the Devil," Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, CBS, 1996.

"The Sheriff," The Lazarus Man, 1996.

Dick Sproule, "The Hole," Gun (also known as Robert Altman's "Gun"), ABC, 1997.

Grandpa, "The Tractor," Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction (also known as Beyond Belief), 1997.

(As Max Gail, Jr.) Wilson Welsh, "Dr. Longball," Due South (also known as Un tandem de choc), CBS, 1998.

Caleb Cline, "Viagra–Vated Assault," Chicago Hope, CBS, 1998.

Frank Gorman, "Prize Possession," 18 Wheels of Justice, 2000.

Dr. Zolan, "Shaken, Not Stirred," Judging Amy, CBS, 2000.

Mr. York, "A Pearl of Great Value," Chicken Soup for the Soul, PAX, 2000.

Les, "Hotel Drew," The Drew Carey Show, ABC, 2001.

(In archive footage) Celebrities Uncensored, E! Entertainment Television, 2004.

"Writing, Rehearsing & Recording," TV Land Confidential, TV Land, 2005.

"Breakout and Disappearing Star," TV Land Confidential, TV Land, 2005.

Guest, Entertainment Tonight (also known as Entertainment This Week, E.T., ET Weekend, and This Week in Entertainment), syndicated, 2005.

Television Appearances; Other:

First doctor, Foster and Laurie, 1975.

ABC team member, Battle of the Network Stars VII (special), ABC, 1979.

ABC team member, Battle of the Network Stars IX (special), ABC, 1980.

The Grand Baby, 1985.

I Love the 80's 3–D (miniseries), VH1, 2005.

Television Director; Episodic:

Directed episodes of Barney Miller, ABC, and Whiz Kids, CBS.

Film Appearances:

Rudy, The Organization, 1971.

(Uncredited) Tunnel hoodlum, Dirty Harry, Warner Bros., 1971.

(As Maxwell Gail, Jr.) Tony, Night Moves, Warner Bros., 1975.

Leigh Gregory, Cardiac Arrest, 1980.

Harold Oswell, D.C. Cab (also known as Street Fleet), Universal, 1983.

Narrator, The Secret Agent, First Run Pictures, 1984.

Charles King, Heartbreakers, Orion, 1984.

Clay Eldrige, Where Are the Children?, Sony Pictures Releasing, 1986.

Judah Best, Judgment in Berlin (also known as Escape to Freedom and Ein Richter fuer Berlin), New Line Cinema, 1988.

Flannigan, Street Crimes (also known as Dead Even), PM Entertainment/Sunland Entertainment, 1992.

Jerome Bellamy, Pontiac Moon, Paramount, 1994.

Captain Peters, Deadly Target (also known as Fire Zone), 1994.

Jasper Stone, Dangerous Touch, Trimark Pictures, 1994.

Sheriff Ramsey, Forest Warrior, Turner Entertainment, 1996.

Frame by Frame, 1996.

Farmer John, Good Luck (also known as Guys Like Us and The Ox and the Eye), East West Film Partners, 1997.

Mr. Carlson, Naturally Native, Red Horse Films, 1998.

Len, Mind Rage (also known as Mind Lies), Mainline Releasing, 2000.

Thomas Galloway, Facing the Enemy, World International Network, 2001.

Mr. Quigley, Truth and Dare (also known as Graduation Night and Party On), 2003.

David Storm, Perceptions, 2005.

Grandpa Kimbell, The Tillamook Treasure, Bright Light Studios, 2006.

Andrew, Angst, Dreamscape Cinema, 2006.

Stage Appearances:

(Stage debut) Chief Bromdon, One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, Little Fox Theatre, San Francisco, CA, 1970.

(New York debut) Chief Bromdon, One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, Mercer Arts Center, 1973.

Jack Kerouac, Visions of Kerouac, Odyssey Theatre, Los Angeles, 1976.

George Herman "Babe" Ruth, The Babe, Princess Theatre, New York City, 1984.



Do Something Beautiful, 1983.


Gail's performance in the television episode "Blue Man Down" was collected for the video Amazing Stories: Book Four, 1992.



Back Stage, June 22, 1984, p. 10A.