Jerry Adler | Biography

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  • Full Name Jerome Elliott Adler
  • Nickname Jerry Adler
  • Occupation Actor
  • Nationality American
  • Birthplace Brooklyn, New York City, USA
  • Birth Date Feb 04, 1929
  • Age 95 Years, 4 Months
  • Height 6 Feet 2 Inches (1.88 m)
Herman' Hess' Rabkin on HBO Series 'The Sopranos'

Jerry Adler | Biography

Stage Manager, Theater Director & Actor

In addition to his television works, Adler appeared in over a dozen films. He debuted in the 1992 romantic crime drama film The 'Public Eye'. His other film credits included 'Manhattan Murder Mystery' (1993), 'Getting Away With Murder' (1996), 'Larger Than Life' (1996), 'Six Ways to Sunday' (1999), '30 Days' (2000), 'In Her Shoe' (2005), 'Prime' (2005), 'The Memory Thief' (2008), 'The Angriest Man in Brooklyn' (2014), and 'Driveways' (2019). 

Jerry Adler is an American actor known as Jewish adviser Herman' Hess' Rabkin in The Sopranos, HBO crime drama series.

Who is Jerry Adler?

Jerry Adler is a stage manager, theater director, and actor. His full name is Jerome Elliott Adler. He was born in Brooklyn, New York City, on 4 February 1929, to Pauline and Philip Adler. His father was a general manager of New York City's Group Theatre, which allowed Jerry to be around theater from his childhood. His great-uncle was Jacob (a Yiddish theater star), and cousins; Stella (acting coach) and Luther (actor), were also from a theatrical background.

Adler is most recognized for his television roles as Herman "Hess" Rabkin on The Sopranos (1999-2007), Howard Lyman on The Good Wife (2009-2016), and Mr. Wicker on Mad About You (1992-2019).

Short Bio

Adler began his career as an assistant stage manager in 1950 for the Broadway musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. He later held various positions such as stage manager, director, producer, production stage manager, and production supervisor. 

He has more than 50 Broadway credits, including the revival of Of Thee I SingMy Fair LadyThe Homecoming, and The Apple Tree. He also witnessed his share of flops, including Drat the Cat and Hellzapoppin. In addition, he directed the 1976 revival of My Fair Lady, which garnered him the 'Drama Desk Award' for 'Outstanding Director of a Musical.' 

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Adler made a foray into on-screen acting in his 60s, guest-starring in an episode of the television series Brooklyn Bridge in 1991. He went on to guest star on television series, including Quantum Leap in 1992, Law & Order in 1996, CSI: Miami in 2005, The Good Fight in 2017 and 2018, and Living with Yourself in 2019. 

Additionally, he had recurring roles in multiple television series, including The Sopranos from 1999 to 2007, Rescue Me from 2007 to 2011, The Good Wife from 2011 to 2016, Transparent from 2017 to 2019, and Mad About You from 1993 to 2019. Furthermore, he had regular appearances on Hudson Street from 1995 to 1996, Alright Already from 1997 to 1998, and Raising Dad from 2001 to 2002.

In addition to his television works, Adler appeared in over a dozen films. He debuted in the 1992 romantic crime drama film The Public Eye. His other film credits included Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993), Getting Away With Murder (1996), Larger Than Life (1996), Six Ways to Sunday (1999), 30 Days (2000), In Her Shoe (2005), Prime (2005), The Memory Thief (2008), The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014), and Driveways (2019). 


Adler has been married twice. On 6 June 1950, he married his first wife, Dolores Parker, with whom he has three children. However, they eventually got divorced.

Later, he remarried his current wife, psychologist Joan Laxman, on 3 July 1994. According to CTpost, the couple lived together in Connecticut for over two decades before moving out of their large home in Roxbury for a two-bedroom flat on the Upper West Side, New York City, in 2017. The site also mentioned that Adler's equestrian wife had given up the horses at the time.

Jerry Adler With His Wife In 2016
Jerry Adler And His Wife at 'The Good Wife' Finale Party at the Museum of Modern Art on 28 April 2016 in New York City. (Image Source: GettyImage)

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