Warren Berlinger, whose character acting career spanned more than six decades and featured a myriad of roles in film and television dramas and comedies, died Wednesday at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital in Santa Clarita, in California. He was 83 years old.
Mr Berlinger’s daughter, Elizabeth Berlinger Tarantini, said the cause of death was cancer.
On television in the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘In the 1980s, her roles included appearances in “Operation Petticoat”, “Too Close for Comfort” and “Murder, She Wrote”. He has also appeared on “Friends”, “Columbo” and “Charlie’s Angels”.
Mr. Berlinger appeared in several episodes of the sitcom “Happy Days” during the 1970s and 1980s, in roles including Dr. Logan, Mr. Vanburen, and Army Sgt. Betchler. His last television credit dates back to 2016 on “Grace and Frankie”.
In the film, Mr. Berlinger, starred in “I’m Going… I’m Going… For Now” (1976) with Diane Keaton, “The Cannonball Run” (1981) and “The World According to Garp” (1982).
Mr. Berlinger was born in Brooklyn on August 31, 1937 to Elias and Frieda Berlinger. Her father owned a glass store in Brooklyn and her mother was a housewife. Before his acting career took off, he took courses at Columbia University.
Mr Berlinger met actress Betty Lou Keim when they were child actors in an industrial film that showed how globes were made. He plucked his pigtail braids off, Mr Berlinger’s granddaughter Katie Tarantini said on Saturday.
Mr. Berlinger and Mrs. Keim were in the 1956 film “Teenage Rebel”, her first film, adapted from the play “A Roomful of Roses”, in which they also starred.
Mr. Berlinger married Mrs. Keim in 1960; she died in 2010. Mr. Berlinger is survived by four children, Lisa Wooding, David Berlinger, Edward Berlinger and Elizabeth Berlinger Tarantini; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
Of all the characters played by Mr. Berlinger, his favorite was J. Pierrepont Finch in the musical “How to be successful in business without really trying”. Mr. Berlinger played the character for two years as part of the 1963 cast in London.
As part of a project in her senior year of high school, Ms Tarantini explained why she believed Finch was her grandfather’s favorite role: As a struggling actor working hard to be successful, Mr Berlinger saw himself in the character of the series, who was window cleaners seeking to climb the corporate ladder.
At a dinner at a London hotel one evening after the show, the restaurant’s orchestra sang a song from the show, “I Believe in You,” Berlinger told an interviewer in November 2019.
“We were the talk of the town,” he says. “I get chills even talking about it.”