A beloved character actor has left us after nearly half a century in front of the camera. Harold Gould died from prostate cancer on September 11th in Los Angeles. He was 86 years old.
Born and raised in New York state, Gould was the valedictorian of his high school class and went to college to become a teacher, before joining the army during World War II. After the war, he returned to college to study drama. He received his masters degree in 1948 and his Ph.D. in 1953. He married his wife, Lea, in 1950 and they recently celebrated 60 years of marriage.
After doing some regional theatre work and teaching, he started performing in movies like The Yellow Canary, The Front Page, Love and Death, Silent Movie, Gus, and of course, as a conman in The Sting. He kept performing on stage but, it’s for his television work that he will be best remembered.