Danny Goldman

Daniel "Danny" Goldman (born 1939) is a retired[2] American actor and voice actor, and casting director. He is most widely recognized as the voice of Brainy Smurf in Hanna-Barbera's The Smurfs (1981–1989) and as the inquisitive medical student in the opening scene of Young Frankenstein (1974).

Danny Goldman
Born1939 (age 79–80)[1]
OccupationActor, casting director
Years active1960s—present

Early life

Goldman graduated from Far Rockaway High School in Queens, New York City, New York, in 1957. He subsequently attended and graduated from nearby Columbia University in Manhattan, New York City, in 1961.


One of his first roles was that of Nick Dutton, the son of an industrialist who knew the truth about his family's new butler and housekeeper, and helped them get acquainted in their new jobs in the 1971 situation comedy The Good Life. Among his other early roles on television were appearances in the TV shows That Girl, Room 222, The Partridge Family, Love, American Style, Needles and Pins, Columbo, Baretta and Chico and the Man. He was a regular member of the cast of the situation comedy Busting Loose in 1977. Goldman was also featured as Ozzie the Answer in the 1980s detective drama Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer and as Dr. Denton on Get Smart, Again! He acted in the episode "I'll Kill 'Em Again" of police drama Hawaii Five-O and in the episodes "Brain Child" and "42" in Trapper John, M.D.. Goldman appeared as a panelist on the What's My Line? TV program during its syndicated run, and on the live stage version in Hollywood several years later. In 2005, he appeared in an episode of the sitcom The King of Queens.

His other feature film credits include a small role as a persistent medical student who asks Dr. Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) about his grandfather in Young Frankenstein (1974), and roles in Busting (1974), Linda Lovelace for President (1975), Tunnel Vision (1976), The Missouri Breaks (1976), Swap Meet (1979), Wholly Moses! (1980) and My Man Adam (1985). He also portrayed Captain Murrhardt in M*A*S*H (1970) and Porter in Where the Buffalo Roam (1980).

A lasting achievement for Goldman is his voicing of pedantic Brainy Smurf (1981–89) on the long-running animated series The Smurfs. He returned to the voice of Brainy Smurf for the television show Robot Chicken in a segment that parodied the movie Seven. The show's creators remarked that of all the casting coups on their show, of which there are many, their greatest was getting Goldman to voice Brainy Smurf in The Smurfs. He has reprised the role several more times on Robot Chicken, whenever Brainy Smurf appears in a sketch, only missing one appearance in "House of Smurfs".

For nearly 30 years, Goldman was a prominent casting director[3] of television commercials in Hollywood.

Partial filmography


  1. ^ Danny Goldman on Facebook
  2. ^ Goldman, Danny; Carter, Lance (12 May 2009). "Casting Director Danny Goldman is retiring". DailyActor.com. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  3. ^ Carpenter, Cassie (June 22, 2009). "CD Danny Goldman: "Looking Back, Moving On"". BackStage.com. reproduced online at LeslyKahn.org blog, 3 November 2009. Archived from the original on 2015-02-11.

External links

1939 in television

The year 1939 in television involved some significant events.

Below is a list of television-related events during 1939.

Beware! The Blob

Beware! The Blob (a.k.a. Beware the Blob, Son of Blob, Son of the Blob, The Blob II or The Blob Returns) is a 1972 American independent comedy science-fiction horror film. It is a sequel to The Blob. The film was directed by Larry Hagman. The screenplay was penned by Anthony Harris and Jack Woods III, based on a story by Jack H. Harris and Richard Clair. The film originally earned a PG rating from the MPAA, though it is now unrated.

C. Denier Warren

Charles Denier Warren or Denier Warren (29 July 1889 in Chicago, Illinois – 27 August 1971 in Torquay, Devon) was an Anglo-American actor who appeared extensively on stage and screen from the early 1930s to late 1960s, mostly in Great Britain. He was the son of Charles Warren and Marguerite Warren, née Fish.

He is also credited as the writer of Take Off That Hat (1938 screenplay), She Shall Have Music (1935) and the BBC radio show Kentucky Minstrels (1934).In July 1932 Harry S. Pepper, Stanley Holloway, Joe Morley, Doris Arnold, Jane Carr and Warren revived the White Coons Concert Party show of the Edwardian era for BBC Radio.

Capitol Critters

Capitol Critters is an animated television series about the lives of mice, rats, and roaches who reside in the basement and walls of the White House in Washington, D.C. The series was produced by Steven Bochco Productions and Hanna-Barbera Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Television for ABC, which aired seven out of the show's 13 episodes from January 31 to March 14, 1992. Cartoon Network later aired all 13 episodes in 1995. The series was part of a spate of attempts by major networks to develop prime time animated shows to compete with the success of Fox's The Simpsons, alongside CBS's Fish Police and Family Dog. The latter two, along with Capitol Critters, proved unsuccessful and were quickly cancelled.

Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue

Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue is a 1990 American animated drug-abuse prevention television special starring many of the popular cartoon characters from American weekday, Sunday morning, and Saturday morning television at the time of its release. Financed by McDonald's, Ronald McDonald Children's Charities, and Chuck E. Cheese's, it was originally simulcast on April 21, 1990 on all four major American television networks (by supporting their Saturday morning characters): ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox, and most independent stations, as well as various cable networks. McDonald's and Chuck E. Cheese's also distributed a VHS home video edition of it, produced by Buena Vista Home Video, which opened with an introduction from President George H. W. Bush, First Lady Barbara Bush and their dog, Millie. It was produced by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation and Southern Star Productions, and was animated overseas by Wang Film Productions Co., Ltd.. The musical number "Wonderful Ways to Say No" was written by Academy-Award winning composer, Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, who also wrote the songs for Disney's The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King.

The plot chronicles the exploits of Michael, a young teenage boy who is using marijuana and stealing his father's beer. His younger sister, Corey, is constantly worried about him because he started acting differently. When her piggy bank goes missing, her cartoon tie-in toys come to life to help her find it. After discovering it in Michael's room along with his stash of drugs, the cartoon characters proceed to work together and take him on a fantasy journey to teach him the risks and consequences a life of drug use can bring.

In recent years the special has been mocked for being over the top with its depiction of marijuana use. Some have also pointed out the hypocrisy of it for being sponsored by McDonald's and Chuck E. Cheese's considering the alleged health risks linked to consumption of fast food while it tries to point out the unhealthy risks of drug use.

Free (film)

Free is a 2001 romantic dramedy directed by Andrew Avery, Written by Peter Hansen Gibson and Michael Kingston, starring Corin Nemec, Randall Batinkoff, Carmen Llywelyn and Ione Skye.

Free was produced by Thor Films and distributed by Showtime.

Hawaii Five-O (1968 TV series, season 7)

This is a list of episodes from the seventh season of Hawaii Five-O.

Kentucky Minstrels (film)

Kentucky Minstrels is a 1934 British musical film directed by John Baxter. It was made at Twickenham Studios as a quota quickie for release by Universal Pictures.

Linda Lovelace for President

Linda Lovelace for President is a 1975 David Winters comedy film directed by Claudio Guzmán and starring Linda Lovelace, who achieved notoriety as the central character in the most profitable X-rated film of all time Deep Throat (1972).

MASH (film)

MASH (also styled M*A*S*H) is a 1970 American black comedy war film directed by Robert Altman and written by Ring Lardner Jr., based on Richard Hooker's novel MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors. The picture is the only theatrically released feature film in the M*A*S*H franchise, and it became one of the biggest films of the early 1970s for 20th Century Fox.

The film depicts a unit of medical personnel stationed at a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) during the Korean War. It stars Donald Sutherland, Tom Skerritt, and Elliott Gould, with Sally Kellerman, Robert Duvall, René Auberjonois, Gary Burghoff, Roger Bowen, Michael Murphy, and in his film debut, professional football player Fred Williamson. Although the Korean War is the film's storyline setting, the subtext is about the Vietnam War, that was taking place all throughout the film's production and release.The film won Grand Prix du Festival International du Film, later named Palme d'Or, at 1970 Cannes Film Festival. The film went on to receive five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, and won for Best Adapted Screenplay. MASH was deemed "culturally significant" by the Library of Congress and was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. The Academy Film Archive preserved MASH in 2000. The film inspired the television series M*A*S*H, which ran from 1972 to 1983.

Mighty Max (TV series)

Mighty Max is an American animated action/sci-fi television series that aired from 12 September 1993 to 2 December 1994 based upon the British Mighty Max toys, an outgrowth of the Polly Pocket line, created by Bluebird Toys in 1992. It ran for two seasons, with a total of 40 episodes airing during the show's run.

Needles and Pins (TV series)

Needles and Pins is an American sitcom about a women's clothing manufacturer and his employees in New York City that aired from September 21, 1973 to December 28, 1973.

Savage (1973 TV film)

Savage is a 1973 American made-for-television thriller-drama film directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Martin Landau. It was produced as a pilot but was not picked up as a series.

Swap Meet (film)

Swap Meet is a 1979 American comedy film directed by Brice Mack.

The Good Life (1971 TV series)

The Good Life is an American situation comedy that was aired on NBC as part of its 1971–1972 lineup. The series stars Larry Hagman and Donna Mills, and was produced by Lorimar, in association with Screen Gems.

The Missouri Breaks

The Missouri Breaks is a 1976 American epic western film starring Marlon Brando and Jack Nicholson. The film was directed by Arthur Penn, with supporting performances by Randy Quaid, Harry Dean Stanton, Frederic Forrest, John McLiam and Kathleen Lloyd. The score was composed by John Williams.

The title of the movie refers to a forlorn and very rugged area of north central Montana, where over eons the Missouri River has made countless deep cuts or "breaks" in the land.

The Smurfs (TV series)

The Smurfs (syndicated as Smurfs' Adventures) is an American-Belgian animated fantasy-comedy children's television series that aired on NBC from 12 September 1981, to 2 December 1989. Produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions, it is based on the Belgian comic series by the same name, created by Belgian cartoonist Peyo (who also served as story supervisor of this adaptation) and aired for 256 episodes with a total of 418 stories, excluding three cliffhanger episodes and seven specials.

Tribes (film)

Tribes, also known as The Soldier Who Declared Peace (UK), is a 1970 American television drama film broadcast as an ABC Movie of the Week directed by Joseph Sargent. A big ratings success when it first aired November 10, 1970 (which happened to be the Marine Corps' 195th birthday), Tribes was later released theatrically in Britain and Europe under the title The Soldier Who Declared Peace. Tribes has been released on VHS, but, as of 2018 has not been released on DVD.

This page is based on a Wikipedia article written by authors (here).
Text is available under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license; additional terms may apply.
Images, videos and audio are available under their respective licenses.