Prolific Character Actor Who Played Rhoda’s Father on ‘Rhoda’ and ‘Mary Tyler Moore’ Dies at 86

Sep 14, 2010  •  Post A Comment

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.)



  1. Harold Gould has always been a favorite of mine. I’m pleased I got to see his work throughout the decades.

  2. An immense talent whose work, character & integrity will be sorely missed!

  3. Thank God we have a common interest, thank you for sharing, you’re a good author. Hope to see more of your articles. Juno sincere.

  4. Nice blog subject. thanks for letting me add something!

  5. Took me moment to explore every single one of the commentary, except I in actuality enjoyed the piece of writing. It proved being in reality obliging to me plus I am constructive to every one the commenters here! It’s generally fine whenever you be able to not just be informed, but in adding entertained! I am positive you had satisfying writing this write-up.

  6. I wish you the gift of Faith, the Blessing of Hope and the Peace of his Love at Christmas and always

Your Comment

Email (will not be published)