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Max Gail Biography

  • Profession: Actor
  • Born: Apr 5, 1943
  • Died: Jan 1, 0001

The son of a wealthy office-supplies dealer, American actor Maxwell Gail Jr. excelled in high-school sports, spending his senior year as an exchange student in Germany. Upon earning collegiate degrees from both Williams University and University of Michigan, he became a teacher in Detroit's inner city, partially to ensure himself a draft deferment. Frustrated at trying to communicate with his sullen poverty-level students, Gail chucked it all to head for San Francisco, where he worked as a guidance counselor. Again, the frustrations of the job got to him, compelling Gail to seek employment as a cocktail-lounge pianist. Trying out for a play on a whim in 1970, Gail finally found his life's calling. He spent the early '70s haunting the casting offices, accepting small TV roles as heavies and bullies. A guest spot as a tough lug on the 1974 sitcom [[Feature~V80093~Friends and Lovers~friendsandlovers]] caught the attention of producer [[Performer~P79972~Danny Arnold~dannyarnold]], who cast Gail as Detective Stanley "Wojo" Wojohowicz on the new comedy series Barney Miller. Gail played "Wojo" until the series' cancellation in 1980, at which point he re-entered the guest-star pool. Since that time Max Gail Jr. has been seen as a reporter on the short-lived 1983 adventure series [[Feature~V134786~Whiz Kids~kids]], and as the father of [[Performer~P78444~Dweezil Zappa~dweezilzappa]] and Moon Unit Zappa on the even shorter-lived 1990 sitcom Normal Life. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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