Larry Gelman

Larry Gelman (born November 3, 1930)[1] is an American film and television character actor. He is best known for playing Dr. Bernie Tupperman on the TV series The Bob Newhart Show[2] and Vinnie, the poker playing friend of Oscar and Felix, in the original TV series version of The Odd Couple.[2]:779

Larry Gelman
Lawrence Sheldon Gelman

(1930-11-03) November 3, 1930
Spouse(s)Barbara Gelman (?present)

Gelman was born in Brooklyn, New York.[1]

On television, Gelman portrayed Leo Gold in Free Country,[2]:365 Irv Schlosser in Grand Slam,[2]:411 Dr. Hubie Binder in Maude[2]:668 officer Bernstein on Eight Is Enough, Al Clemens on Mork & Mindy.[2]:715 and Max on Needles and Pins.[2]:748

Gelman has appeared in other American television series, including The Monkees (3 episodes), Batman, Get Smart, I Dream of Jeannie, My Three Sons, The Doris Day Show (3 episodes), The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Carol Burnett Show, Rhoda, Kojak (2 episodes), Quincy M.E., CHiPS, The Love Boat, Laverne & Shirley, One Day at a Time (2 episodes), Barney Miller (4 episodes), The Facts of Life, Simon & Simon, Hill Street Blues, Remington Steele, Cagney & Lacey (3 episodes), Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Mr. Belvedere (2 episodes), In the Heat of the Night (2 episodes), Night Court (3 episodes), Doogie Howser, M.D., Touched by an Angel and ER.

In film, Gelman appeared (credited as Larry Spelman) in the X-rated 1976 film Alice in Wonderland with Kristine DeBell, and the adult comedy Chatterbox (1977) starring Candice Rialson. He also had roles in Disney's Superdad (1973), The Strongest Man in the World (1975), Tunnel Vision (1976), Raid on Entebbe (1977), The Triangle Factory Fire Scandal (1979), The Frisco Kid (1979), O'Hara's Wife (1982), Dreamscape (1984), Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985), The Naked Cage (1986) and Mr. Saturday Night (1992).

On Broasdway, Gelman portrayed Tambi Rothman in The Roast (1980).[1] His other stage activities included touring in a production of The Odd Couple and playing Albert Einstein in Einstein: A Stage Portrait.[3]

Gelman also played Einstein in the real-time strategy games Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 and Command & Conquer: Yuri's Revenge.


  1. "("Larry Gelman" search results)". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Retrieved 29 June 2019.
  2. Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. pp. 119–120. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
  3. Sherman, Richard (October 7, 1988). "Gelman: Einstein portrayal a 'labor of love'". The Times. Indiana, Muncie. p. 38. Retrieved 29 June 2019 via
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