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Stuart Margolin

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Stuart Margolin
  • Actor
  • director
  • screenwriter
Years active1961–present
Spouse(s)Patricia Dunne Martini
(m. 19??)

Stuart Margolin is an American film, theater, and television actor and director who won two Emmy Awards for playing Evelyn "Angel" Martin on the 1970s television series The Rockford Files. In 1973, he played in Gunsmoke as an outlaw. The next year he played an important role, giving Charles Bronson his first gun in Death Wish. In 1981, Stuart portrayed the character of Philo Sandeen in a recurring role; a Native American tracker, on the 1981–82 series, Bret Maverick.

Early life

Margolin was born January 31, 1940, in Davenport, Iowa.[citation needed] His family moved to Dallas, Texas, while he was still young. Margolin has stated that he led a "hoodlum" childhood, was kicked out of Texas Public Schools and his parents sent him to a boarding school in Tennessee. While he attended that school, his family moved to Scottsdale, Arizona. When Margolin was released from reform school and moved back with his family, he decided to move back, on his own, to see his friends in Dallas. His parents made arrangements for him to attend a private school there.[1]

Television and film

Margolin played the recurring character Evelyn "Angel" Martin, the shifty friend and former jailmate of Jim Rockford (played by James Garner) on The Rockford Files, whose various cons and schemes usually got Rockford in hot water. Margolin was earlier paired with James Garner in the Western series, Nichols (1971–72), in which he played a character somewhat similar to the Angel character in The Rockford Files. That show lasted for only one season.

Other times Rockford would pay Angel to "hit the streets" and discover information that would help solve a case. Margolin won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for this role, in 1979 and 1980;[2] he is one of only five actors to win this award twice for the same role.[3]

In 1969 Margolin wrote and co-produced The Ballad of Andy Crocker, an ABC television movie that was one of the first films to deal with the subject matter of Vietnam veterans "coming home."[4] He also co-wrote the title song and had an uncredited cameo in the film. Margolin had an uncredited role as the Station Wagon Driver in Heroes, another story about Vietnam veterans dealing with what we now refer to as PTSD.

Margolin played Rabbi David Small in the 1976 movie, Lanigan's Rabbi, based on the series of mystery novels written by Harry Kemelman. Scheduling conflicts prevented him from continuing the role in the short-lived TV series of the same name that aired in 1977 as part of The NBC Sunday Mystery Movie, where Small was played by Bruce Solomon.[citation needed]

Margolin appeared in two episodes of the television series M*A*S*H ("Bananas, Crackers and Nuts," & "Operation Noselift"), The Partridge Family ("Go Directly to Jail", & "A Penny for His Thoughts"), That Girl season3, epidode3 "11angry men and that girl" as a juror & season3, episode5 "7¼"(Part2) as Leonard Stanley . The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rhoda, an episode of Land of the Giants ("The Mechanical Man"), Twelve O'Clock High ("Mutiny at Ten Thousand Feet"), The Monkees ("Monkees Watch Their Feet"), Love, American Style (in which he was a member of the Love American Style Players and his brother Arnold Margolin was the executive producer of the series), Crazy Like a Fox (playing a similar character to Angel), The Fall Guy (where he played Ace Cochran in "The Molly Sue"), Magnum, P.I., Hill Street Blues (as bookmaker Andy Sedita in the consecutive episodes "Hacked to Pieces" and "Seoul on Ice"),[5] and Touched by an Angel ("With God as My Witness").

In May 2009, Margolin appeared on an episode of 30 Rock, opposite Alan Alda;[6] it was the first time the two actors appeared together since M*A*S*H in 1974.

Margolin appears in the 2009 CTV/CBS police drama series The Bridge.[7][8]

Margolin appeared as bail jumper Stanley Wescott in The Overpass Season 5 Episode 2 (2013) of the Canadian CBC Television series Republic of Doyle, which itself was inspired by The Rockford Files.[9] While not a wholesale recreation of the Angel Martin character, the Stanley Wescott role sported many similar attributes.[10] The episode also featured Margolin's stepson Max Martini in the role of Big Charlie Archer.

Margolin appeared in such feature films as Kelly's Heroes, Death Wish, Futureworld, The Big Bus and S.O.B.


Margolin has directed TV shows since the early 1970s, including episodes of The Mary Tyler Moore Show; the 1976 western series Sara; The Love Boat; Magnum, P.I.; Bret Maverick; Quantum Leap; Wonder Woman and Northern Exposure. He has appeared in a number of Canadian television series.

In addition to acting in the original and 1990s TV movie versions of The Rockford Files, Margolin also directed some episodes: "Dirty Money, Black Light" (1977), "Caledonia – It's Worth a Fortune!" (1974), "The Rockford Files: Friends and Foul Play" (1996), "The Rockford Files: If It Bleeds... It Leads" (1998).

He won the 1996 DGA Award for children's programming for directing the film Salt Water Moose, and he was nominated again for the same award for directing the 1998 film, The Sweetest Gift. He was also nominated for a DGA Award for drama series direction for a 1991 episode of Northern Exposure entitled "Goodbye to All That."[11] He also directed, co-starred and scored The Glitter Dome (1984) with James Garner, Margot Kidder and John Lithgow for HBO Pictures.


Margolin has written several songs for and with longtime friend and singer-songwriter Jerry Riopelle that have appeared on Riopelle's albums since 1967. Margolin was first associated with Riopelle's late 1960s band the Parade, co-writing many of their songs and playing percussion on various tracks. He and Riopelle (along with Shango member Tommy Reynolds) co-wrote Shango's 1969 Caribbean-flavored novelty record "Day After Day (It's Slippin' Away)",[12] which hit No. 57 on the U.S. charts and No. 39 in Canada.

Margolin had tracks he co-wrote covered by R. B. Greaves and Gary Lewis and the Playboys in 1968–69. Margolin's frequent songwriting partner Jerry Riopelle established a long-running solo career beginning in 1971; Riopelle released 8 albums between 1971 and 1982, every one of which contained at least one song (often more) written or co-written by Margolin. In turn, Margolin released a solo album in 1980, And the Angel Sings, which featured his interpretations of a number of Margolin and/or Riopelle compositions previously recorded by Riopelle.

Since 2004, he has been a regular participant in the theater program of the Chautauqua Institution.[13]

Personal life

Margolin is stepfather to actor Max Martini, costume designer Michelle Martini, and editor/producer/director Christopher Martini.[citation needed]

He is the younger brother of Emmy-winning director/producer/writer Arnold Margolin; both of them now live in Lewisburg, West Virginia,[1] and have acted together there in a professional community theater play.[14]

Margolin has frequently been misidentified as the brother of actress Janet Margolin (1943–1993);[15][16] the two were not related, although they appeared together as husband and wife in the pilot for the 1977 TV series Lanigan's Rabbi.[citation needed]

Margolin, his wife, and stepchildren lived on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia, Canada for 22 years.[17]

Selected filmography

See also


  1. ^ a b "Stuart Margolin: A Road Less Traveled". Greenbrier Valley Quarterly. Archived from the original on March 5, 2022. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  2. ^ Advanced Primetime Awards Search at Academy of Television Arts and Sciences website; retrieved April 18, 2009.
  3. ^ Tom O'Neil, "Drama supporting actors prove Emmy winners not always TV reruns", Los Angeles Times, July 13, 2010.
  4. ^ Jeremy M. Devine, Vietnam at 24 Frames a Second: A Critical and Thematic Analysis of Over 400 Films about the Vietnam War (University of Texas Press, 1999); ISBN 978-0292716018, p. 57. Excerpts available at Google Books.
  5. ^ "Hill Street Blues (6th Season Episode Guide)". Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  6. ^ Alan Sepinwall, "30 Rock, "Mamma Mia": Alan Alda is the Donaghy daddy?", The Star-Ledger, May 8, 2009; retrieved May 19, 2009.
  7. ^ "Flashpoint pipeline brings The Bridge to CBS". HitFix. Archived from the original on August 11, 2010. Retrieved December 22, 2015.
  8. ^ Mary McNamara, "Television Review: 'The Bridge' on CBS", Los Angeles Times, July 10, 2010.
  9. ^ "Detectives who aren't that smart –". Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  10. ^ " Review". Amazon. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  11. ^ "DGA Announces 1998 Nominees For Outstanding Directorial Achievement In Documentary And TV Categories Of Daytime Serials And Children's Programs",, February 8, 1999; retrieved January 4, 2009.
  12. ^ Jerry Osborne,"Prominent albums make comeback", Evansville Courier & Press, January 1, 2007; retrieved January 7, 2009.
  13. ^ Sharon Cantilon, "The Secret's Out: Chautauqua Institution's theater program is gaining national attention, thanks in part to actor Stuart Margolin", Buffalo News, June 22, 2008; retrieved January 4, 2009.
  14. ^ REPORTER, Pamela Pritt REGISTER-HERALD. "Margolin Brothers to star in GVT production of 'Laughter on the 23rd Floor'". Beckley Register-Herald. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  15. ^ "Janet Margolin, Film And TV Actress, 50", New York Times, December 18, 1993.
  16. ^ "Benjamin Margolin", New York Times, July 29, 1982.
  17. ^ "A Second Time Around with one of B.C.'s better angels, Stuart Margolin". Georgia Straight. Retrieved October 18, 2020.

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