Give 'em a cheer while they're still here!

It’s Peter Gabriel’s birthday! He’s 74 today.

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A salute to the surviving members of the cast of Barney Miller

Hal Linden is 92. In addition to his breakout role as the lovable police detective captain, his credits also include voice work for the English language versions of Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster and Destroy All Monsters. He was nominated 7 times for an Emmy Award for his portrayal of Barney Miller, but never won. He did however win 3 Daytime Emmy Awards and a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for The Rothschilds.

Barbara Barrie is also 92. She was on the show only from 1975-78, portraying Mrs. Barney Miller. After that she seemed to be cast most frequently as mothers. For her portrayal of a mom in Breaking Away she garnered a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination. She also played Private Benjamin’s mom and went on to play Brooke Shield’s grandmother in the TV series Suddenly Susan. She was married to the late Jay Harnick, brother of Fiddler on the Roof lyricist Sheldon Harnick.

Maxwell Trowbridge Gail, Jr. is 80. He made his acting debut playing Chief Bromden in the original stage production of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. He was twice nominated for a Supporting Actor Emmy Award for his work as Det. Wojciehowicz and would later go on to win 2 Daytime Emmy Awards for Best Supporting Actor for his work on General Hospital.

Linda Lavin is 86. Her Det. Wentworth was a recurring character in the first two seasons of Barney Miller before she departed to take a chance on a series of her own, Alice. For her work in that popular series she won 2 Golden Globe Awards. She always remained active in the theater and earned 6 Tony Award nominations in her career, winning the Best Leading Actress Tony Award in 1987 for Broadway Bound. She also won 2 Drama Desk Awards and 2 Obie Awards.

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National treasure James Hong turned 95 two days ago, and has been playing an old man in movies for almost half his life. He’s sort of the Chinese William Hickey.

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James Hong was born in Minneapolis and attended the University of Minnesota.

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So you’re saying he’s less of a Chinese William Hickey and more of a Chinese Peter Graves.

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