Memories From the Set

Forever's Judd Hirsch on Driving Taxi, Crunching Numb3rs and More

Judd Hirsch Photos Taxi Forever

A recurring feature in which we ask your favorite stars to reminisce about past gigs

The good thing about acting on a show about a guy who can’t die, Judd Hirsch says, is that you’ll never run out of story.

And if ABC’s Foreveris renewed after its first season finale airs Tuesday (ABC, 10/9c), Hirsch tells TVLine, “We can go on for an enormously long time, simply telling the background of everything about us.”

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That “us” refers to Hirsch’s character, an affable antiques-store owner named Abe, and Henry, the younger man everyone thinks is his friend — but who’s actually his immortal adoptive father.

Hirsh has been an integral part of several long-running series, but he says Forever “is the most unique one that I’ve ever encountered. Even if I wasn’t in it, I would just keep wondering what [story] are they going to tell next?”

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During a brief conversation on the show’s Brooklyn, N.Y., set, TVLine asked the Emmy and Tony winner to look back on his long career on the small screen. Click through the gallery below on to hear about Taxi, Damages, Numb3rs and a lot more.

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17 Comments
  1. Michael says:

    Ive just started re-watching Numb3rs and i can say he is one hell of an actor..i really hope they renew Forever and tell more stories about Abe’s past

  2. Having read this I thought it was extremely enlightening.
    I appreciate you finding the time and energy
    to put this short article together. I once again find myself spending way too much time both reading and posting comments.
    But so what, it was still worthwhile!

  3. Fran says:

    Thanks for the article. I love Judd Hirsch and Im sad that Forever is all but already canceled.

  4. GeoDiva says:

    I really like Dear John whem it was on!

    • Kvivik says:

      He also did an amazing guest starring role as a crooked judge in the series The Whole Truth with TV son Rob Morrow. It was awesome.

    • MJ says:

      I was thinking the exact same thing, where is Dear John in the list? I liked that show.

  5. Steven says:

    I’m still hoping that we somehow get a second season of Forever. It’s just such a well crafted show.

  6. N says:

    I love Forever! Please renew!

  7. Marco says:

    Numb3rs ran for six seasons, not five.

  8. MaryAnn Dumond says:

    Judd and loan are so perfectly cast in “FOREVER” that you can actually BELIEVE them as Father/Son (in reverse). I am totally committed to the premise of Henry’s immortality. Now, THAT is great acting !! ABC, you just HAVE to RENEW “FOREVER” FOR SEASON 2 (and 3 and 4 and beyond) !!!

  9. Jooshua says:

    I would have loved to know his experiences on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. He had an amazing first scene monologue!

  10. Judi DeQuaker says:

    I think FOREVER is an amazing unique show and Hirsch plays this role expertly! Rase renew for season 2!

  11. Georgia Madman says:

    Praying that Forever gets renewed. Its one of the best hours on TV.

  12. matt says:

    Damnit when i read the title i was afraid he was dead, how is that guy in his 80s? He doesnt look like a 80 year old man

  13. Lescee says:

    Praying Forever is renewed! I like the way the stories flash back. I also liked his old story Dear John.

  14. Susan says:

    I pray that Forever will be renewed!!! It’s a fantastic show and my husband and I love it so much!!!