Margulies, David 1937–

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MARGULIES, David 1937–


Surname is pronounced "mar–gyoo–lies"; full name, David Joseph Margulies; born February 19, 1937, in New York, NY; son of Harry David (a lawyer) and Runya (a nurse and museum worker; maiden name, Zeltzer) Margulies; married Carol Grant, March 17, 1969 (marriage ended); married Lois Smith (an actress); children: (first marriage) Jonathan. Education: Attended School of Performing Arts, New York City; City College (now of the City University of New York), B.A., 1958; studied with Morris Carnovsky and Phoebe Brand at American Shakespeare Festival Academy; also studied with William Hickey.


Actor and director. Loft Theatre, New York City, artistic director, 1967; Southwark Theatre School, Philadelphia, PA, acting teacher for Theatre of the Living Arts, 1967–68; Circle in the Square Theatre School, New York City, acting teacher, 1969–72; Lincoln Center Student Program, New York City, artist in the schools, 1969–75; Johnson State College, Johnson, VT, artist in residence, 1973; private acting instructor, New York City, 1973; Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York City, member of executive board, beginning 1973; also member of Actors Studio. Military service: U.S. Army, 1961–62.


Actors' Equity Association, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Screen Actors Guild.


Stage Appearances:

Grimaldi, 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, Orpheum Theatre, then Players Theatre, New York City, 1958.

Postumus, The Golden Six, York Theatre, New York City, 1958.

All's Well That Ends Well, American Shakespeare Festival, Stratford, CT, 1959.

A Midsummer Night's Dream, American Shakespeare Festival, 1959.

Romeo and Juliet, American Shakespeare Festival, 1959.

Freddie, The Disenchanted, Tenthouse Theatre, Highland Park, IL, 1960.

The gaoler, the old shepherd, the mariner, and the servant, The Winter's Tale, American Shakespeare Festival, 1960.

Orlov, Who Was That Lady I Saw You With?, Tenthouse Theatre, 1960.

Understudy, Under Milk Wood, Circle in the Square, New York City, 1961.

Member of ensemble, The Second City (revue), Second City, Chicago, IL, 1962.

Benjamin, Thistle in My Bed, Gramercy Arts Theatre, New York City, 1963.

David, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Martinique Theatre, New York City, 1963.

Clarin, Life Is a Dream, Astor Place Playhouse, New York City, 1964.

The pope and second scholar, The Tragical Historie of Dr. Faustus, Phoenix Theatre, New York City, 1964.

Apollo, Apollo of Bellac, American Conservatory Theatre, Pittsburgh Playhouse, Pittsburgh, PA, 1965.

Bernard, Death of a Salesman, American Conservatory Theatre, Pittsburgh Playhouse, 1965.

The director, Six Characters in Search of an Author, American Conservatory Theatre, Pittsburgh Playhouse, 1965.

Title role, Lorenzaccio, Equity Library Theatre, New York City, 1965.

Truffaldino, The Servant of Two Masters, American Conservatory Theatre, Pittsburgh Playhouse, 1965.

Eisenring, The Firebugs, Studio Arena Theatre, Buffalo, NY, 1966.

Elbow, Measure for Measure, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, Delacorte Theatre, New York City, 1966.

Berenger, The Rhinoceros, Academy Playhouse, Wilmette, IL, 1967.

Cristoforu, The Public Eye, Academy Playhouse, 1967.

Davies, The Caretaker, Theatre of the Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA, 1967.

Arthur, Tango, Pocket Theatre, New York City, 1969.

Reverend Dupas, Little Murders, Circle in the Square, 1969.

Rosario Chiarchiaro, The Man with the Flower in His Mouth, Sheridan Square Playhouse, New York City, 1969.

Feivel Leishik, Seven Days of Mourning, Circle in the Square, 1969–70.

Bertram, The Last Analysis, Circle in the Square, 1971.

Dr. Rance, What the Butler Saw, Academy Playhouse, Lake Forest, IL, 1971.

Fermin Asla Polo, alias Ismael de Lugo, The Interrogation of Havana, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, New York City, 1971–72.

Liphitz, Happy Days Are Here Again, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City, 1972.

Member of company, The Revue, Moon Theatre, East Hampton, Long Island, NY, 1972.

Norman, The Opening, Tappan Zee Playhouse, Nyack, NY, 1972.

Aaron Silver, An Evening with the Poet–Senator, Playhouse Two, New York City, 1973.

Hugo Kalmar, The Iceman Cometh, Circle in the Square, 1973–74.

The director, Rehearsal, American Place Theatre, New York City, 1975.

Harvey Appleman, Kid Champion, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, Anspacher Theatre, New York City, 1975.

The doctor, Zalmen; or, The Madness of God, Lyceum Theatre, New York City, 1976.

Sammy Samuels, The Comedians, Music Box Theatre, New York City, 1976–77.

Hold Me, Chelsea Westside Theatre, New York City, 1977.

Teddy, Every Place Is Newark, First Aspen Playwrights Conference, Aspen, CO, 1978.

First player and player king, Hamlet, Sanctuary Theatre, New York City, 1979.

Imre Laszlo, Break a Leg, Palace Theatre, New York City, 1979.

"The Man with the Flower in His Mouth," A Special Evening (produced in a double–bill), Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York City, 1979.

Moe and the farmer, The American Clock, Harold Clurman Theatre, New York City, 1980.

Norbe and Gregory, Walter and the Flatulist, Sanctuary Theatre, 1980.

Serge Barrescu, The West Side Waltz, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York City, 1981–82.

David Ben–Gurion, David and Paula, American Jewish Theatre, New York City, 1982.

Title role, King Lear, Shakespeare in Delaware Park, Buffalo, NY, 1983.

Jack Jerome, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Alvin Theatre, New York City, 1984.

Wes, The Perfect Party, Playwrights' Horizon Theatre, New York City, 1986.

Foppy Schwartz, Just Say No, Workshop of the Players Art Theatre, New York City, 1988.

Mendel Polan, Cafe Crown, New York Shakespeare Festival, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City, 1989.

Zaretsky, Conversations with My Father, Royale Theatre, New York City, 1992–93, then Center Theatre Group, James A. Doolittle Theatre, Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles.

Clifford, The Treatment, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, Estelle R. Newman Theatre, New York City, 1993.

Roy Cohn and second prior, Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, Walter Kerr Theatre, New York City, 1993.

Roy Cohn, Angels in America: Perestroika, Walter Kerr Theatre, 1994.

Sam Margolis, "I'm with Ya, Duke," Marathon '94: Series A, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York City, 1994.

Arnold Burns, A Thousand Clowns, Roundabout Theatre Company, Criterion Center Stage Right Theatre, New York City, 1996.

Ken Landis, Safe as Houses, McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ, 1998.

Big Potato, Jewish Repertory Theatre, Duke Theatre on 42nd Street, New York City, 2000.

In Dreams Begin Responsibilities/Gimple the Fool, Maverick Theatre, New York City, 2001.

Harry Fox, 45 Seconds from Broadway, Richard Rodgers Theatre, New York City, 2001–2002.

Appopolous, Wonderful Town (musical), Al Hirschfeld Theatre, New York City, beginning 2003.

Appeared in Bashevis, Cabal of Hypocrites, Cranes, George Washington Dances, and Visiting Mr. Green, all off–Broadway productions; Hysteria, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles; The Old Tune; The Price, Tyrone Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, MN; The Rivals, Hartford Stage Company, Hartford, CT; and She Stoops to Conquer, Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT.

Major Tours:

Soldier in Cassio's army, Othello, New York Shakespeare Festival, New York City, Playhouse in the Park, Philadelphia, PA, and Belvedere Lake Theatre, New York, 1958.

Philostrate, A Midsummer Night's Dream, American Shakespeare Festival, U.S. cities, 1960.

The girl's father, The Fantasticks (musical), U.S. cities, 1964.

Sol Stern, The Tender Trap, U.S. cities, 1964.

Harry Metzger, The Prince of Grand Street, U.S. cities, 1978.

Serge Barrescu, The West Side Waltz, U.S. cities, 1980–82.

Jack, Broadway Bound, U.S. cities, 1987.

Stage Director:

Next, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Stockbridge, MA, 1968.

The Oresteia, Theatre of the Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA, 1968.

The Christmas Dinner, Berkshire Theatre Festival, 1970.

The Complete Works of Studs Edsel, Folger Theatre Group, Folger Museum, Washington, DC, 1972.

Actors, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Johnson, VT, 1973.

Where Do We Go from Here?, Johnson State College, Johnson, VT, 1973, then New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, Estelle R. Newman Theatre, New York City, 1974.

The Merry Wives of Windsor, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, Delacorte Theatre, 1974.

(With Jack Gelber) Rehearsal, American Place Theatre, New York City, 1975.

End of the War, Ensemble Studio Theatre, 1978.

"Bite the Hand," One–Act Play Marathon 84, Ensemble Studio Theatre, 1984.

"Fore!," Marathon '93: Series B, Ensemble Studio Theatre, 1993.

In Dreams Begin Responsibilities/Gimple the Fool, Maverick Theatre, New York City, 2001.

Film Appearances:

Doorman, A New Leaf, Paramount, 1971.

Sunday Breakfast (short film), 1971.

Walter Mitty, Scarecrow in a Garden of Cucumbers, Maron–New Line, 1972.

Bill Phelps, The Front, Columbia, 1976.

Larry Goldie, All That Jazz, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1979.

Rabbi Joshua "Josh" Drexel, Last Embrace, United Artists, 1979.

Detective Reilly, Hide in Plain Sight, United Artists, 1980.

Dr. Jack Zymansky, Times Square, Anchor, 1980.

Dr. Levy, Dressed to Kill, Filmways, 1980.

Walter Kress, I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can, Paramount, 1982.

Dr. Duberstein, Daniel, Paramount, 1983.

Mayor, Ghost Busters, Columbia, 1984.

Harvey, Nine 1/2 Weeks, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer/United Artists, 1986.

Mr. Farber, Brighton Beach Memoirs (also known as Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs"), Universal, 1986.

Goldfarb, Magic Sticks, Tale Film, 1987.

Mr. Clarke, Ishtar, Columbia, 1987.

Dr. Jonah Reiff, Running on Empty, Warner Bros., 1988.

Lawyer, Candy Mountain, Les Films Vision, 1988.

Coast guard officer, Caged in Paradiso, Vidmark Entertainment, 1989.

Dr. Benjamin, Funny about Love (also known as New York Times), Paramount, 1989.

Mayor Lenny, Ghostbusters II, Columbia, 1989.

Lieutenant Oliver, A Stranger among Us (also known as Close to Eden), Buena Vista, 1992.

Mr. Buchenwald, Out on a Limb (also known as Welcome to Buzzsaw), Universal, 1992.

Uncle Sam, Family Prayers (also known as A Family Divided), Arrow Releasing, 1993.

Doctor, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Warner Bros., 1994.

Abe Gross, Lifebreath (also known as Last Breath), Overseas Film Group, 1997.

Stan, Hudson River Blues (also known as Family Blues), Romance Classics, 1997.

Melvyn Schmatzman: Freudian Dentist, 1997.

Counselor Adelman, Celebrity, Miramax, 1998.

Mr. Meyerscholtz, Man of the Century, Fine Line, 1998.

Dr. Ludwig, Looking for an Echo, Regent Entertainment, 2000.

Kutty Nazarian, Bought & Sold (also known as A Jersey Tale), Pathfinder Pictures, 2003.

Roman Malek, Invitation to a Suicide, 2004.

Rex Michaels, Intervention, Pompeian Pictures, 2005.

Television Appearances; Series:

Marty Burns, The City, ABC, c. 1995–97.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Voice, New York: A Documentary Film (also known as American Experience: New York—A Documentary Film), PBS, 1999.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Chubby, My Old Man, CBS, 1979.

Russell, A Doctor's Story, NBC, 1984.

Max French, "Sleep Well, Professor Oliver," Gideon Oliver (also known as The ABC Monday Mystery Movie), ABC, 1989.

Rudnick, Perfect Witness, HBO, 1989.

Weyland Payne, "Ariana," Kojak (also known as The ABC Saturday Night Movie), ABC, 1989.

Manning, An Inconvenient Woman, ABC, 1991.

Rabbi Hier, Never Forget (also known as The Promise), TNT, 1991.

Carl Laemmle, Young Indiana Jones Chronicles and the Hollywood Follies (also known as The Hollywood Follies, Hollywood, August, 1920), The Family Channel, 1994.

Television Appearances; Specials:

David, Six Characters in Search of an Author, 1964.

Pete, "A Mother for Janek," NET Playhouse, NET (now PBS), c. 1967.

The brother–in–law, The Death of Ivan Ilyich, 1978.

Justin, "Divorced Kids' Blues," ABC Afterschool Specials, ABC, 1987.

Bernard Yudwitz, "The Trial of Bernhard Goetz," American Playhouse, PBS, 1988.

First visitor, "Largo Desolato" (also known as "Vaclav Havel's 'Largo Desolato'"), Great Performances, PBS, 1990.

Chop Kleinfeld, "Same Difference," CBS Schoolbreak Specials, CBS, 1994.

Voice, Porgy and Bess: An American Voice, PBS, 1998.

Voice of Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Judy Garland: By Myself, PBS, 2004.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Midge Piper, "Monkey on a String," Kojak, CBS, 1977.

Gil Hurn, "Distant Signals," Tales from the Darkside (also known as HBO's "Tales from the Darkside"), HBO, 1985.

Macklin, "Desperately," The Equalizer, CBS, 1985.

Whitman, "Heartstrings," The Equalizer, CBS, 1986.

Karl Shore, "The Road Back," Spenser: For Hire, ABC, 1987.

Lou De Franco, "Gone Fishin'," Spenser: For Hire, ABC, 1987.

"Here's a Major Organ Interlude," The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, Lifetime, 1989.

Leonard Sorkin, "High Society," STAT, NBC, 1991.

Leonard Sorkin, "Ladyfinger," STAT, NBC, 1991.

Simpson, "A Death in the Family," Law & Order, NBC, 1991.

Herb, "Birds of a Feather," Northern Exposure, CBS, 1993.

Tommy Zanescu, "Securitate," Law & Order, NBC, 1993.

Walter Rohr, Chicago Hope, CBS, 1994.

Dr. Jordan Delbert, "Seed," Law & Order, NBC, 1995.

Mr. Lewis, "Heartbreak," Chicago Hope, CBS, 1995.

Theodore Wisotski, "Yes, We Have NO Cannolis," NYPD Blue, ABC, 1995.

Neil Mink, "Bust–Out," The Sopranos, HBO, 2000.

Neil Mink, "Funhouse," The Sopranos, HBO, 2000.

Neil Mink, "Guy Walks into a Psychiatrist's Office," The Sopranos, HBO, 2000.

Neil Mink, "House Arrest," The Sopranos, HBO, 2000.

Sam Silverstein, "Chutzpah," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 2001.

Sweeney, "The Bug," 100 Centre Street, Arts and Entertainment, 2001.

Neil Mink, "Mergers & Acquisitions," The Sopranos, HBO, 2002.

Dr. Jack Clayburg, "Fixed," Law & Order, NBC, 2004.

Neil Mink, "All Due Respect," The Sopranos, HBO, 2004.

Appeared as Frederick Lewis, New York Undercover, Fox; also appeared in All My Children, ABC; One Life to Live, ABC; and Ryan's Hope, ABC.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Moe Moskowitz, Buddies, ABC, 1993.

Jerry, Welcome to New York, CBS, 2000.


Writings for the Stage:

"I Don't Know What I'm Doing" and "L.A.," in Troubled Love (benefit performance), Ojai Playwrights Conference, Matilija Junior High School Theatre, Ojai, CA, 2004.

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