Prolific Character Actor Who Played Rhoda's Father on 'Rhoda' and 'Mary Tyler Moore' Dies at 86 NY Times

A prolific character actor who played Rhoda Morgenstern's father on the 1970s comedies "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and its spinoff "Rhoda," has died, reports the New York Times. Harold Gould was 86.


The cause was prostate cancer, according to a spokeswoman for the Motion Picture and Television Fund, at whose retirement community he had resided. More than a decade after "Rhoda," he was a regular guest star on "The Golden Girls," playing a widower who courted Rose, played by Betty White, the story says.

He made so many television appearances that his face -- and signature mustache -- was familiar to viewers, the article adds. In the 1960s alone, he appeared in more than a dozen programs, ranging from "The Twilight Zone" to "Hogan's Heroes." During the 1970s, his work included roles in shows including "The Love Boat" to "Hawaii Five-O," and in the 1980s he had appearances on "St. Elsewhere" and "L.A. Law." He appeared on "Felicity" and "Lois and Clark" in the 1990s and in this century, "Cold Case" and "Judging Amy." (Note: These television shows represent just a fraction of his total work.)