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Michael Durrell
Sylvester Salvatore Ciraulo[1]

(1943-10-06) October 6, 1943 (age 79)
Occupation(s)Film, television actor
Years active1969–present

Michael Durrell (born Sylvester Joseph Ciraulo; October 6, 1939 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American actor.

He began his career in the role of attorney Peter Wexler on the CBS soap opera The Guiding Light. In 1969, he appeared on Broadway in Cock-A-Doodle-Dandy at the Lyceum Theatre. Other television roles were as police Lieutenant Moraga in the short-lived CBS crime drama Shannon (1981–1982), starring Kevin Dobson in the title role, and then as Nicholas Stone from 1984-1985 on CBS's Alice. Another well-known role was in 1983 in the NBC science fiction miniseries called V and the 1984 sequel V: The Final Battle as Robert Maxwell and reprised his role in the first two episodes of V: The Series. He played D.A. Lloyd Burgess on the hit TV series Matlock from 1986 to 1990, and as Dr. John Martin, the father of Donna Martin on the hit Fox TV series Beverly Hills, 90210, in which he had a recurring role. He guest starred in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Sanctuary". He appears in Season 1, Episode 5 of The Eddie Capra Mysteries and Season 5, Episode 10 of Dexter.[citation needed]


Year Title Role Notes
1978 Thank God It's Friday Bar Boor
1980 The American Success Company Herman
1984 Access Code Michael Barnes
1991 Defending Your Life Agency Head
1992 Sister Act Larry Merrick
1995 Illegal in Blue Michael Snyder Video
2005 Straight Flush Richard Michael Crafton Short
2005 Rumor Has It… Patriarch Uncredited
2008 Bald Mr. Alan Stern
2010 Barry Munday Father Walsh


Year Title Role Notes
1969 Guiding Light Peter Wexler
1975 Starsky & Hutch Fry Episode: "Captain Dobey, You're Dead"
1975 Police Story P.D. DeLong Episode: "The Empty Weapon"
1977 The Sunshine Boys Ben Clark TV movie
1977 Carter Country Kaplan Episode: "Hail to the Chief"
1977 A Killing Affair Cabrillo TV movie
1976-1977 Kojak Kenny Murray / Pete 2 episodes
1977 Search for Tomorrow Mike Kaslo 4 episodes
1977 Hawaii Five-O Charlie Davilo Episode: "East Wind - Ill Wind"
1978 Black Sheep Squadron Maj. J. Pearson Episode: "Operation Stand-Down"
1978 Switch Fred McGivers Episode: "Three Blonde Mice"
1976-1978 The Tony Randall Show Higgins / Gene Locatelli / Winslow 3 episodes
1978 When Every Day Was the Fourth of July Assistant to the attorney TV movie
1978 The Two-Five Vinnie Lombardo TV movie
1978 The Dark Secret of Harvest Home Ty Barth Miniseries
1978 Barney Miller Philip Kubrick / Howard Altman 2 episodes
1978 The Eddie Capra Mysteries Episode: "And the Sea Shall Give Up Her Dead"
1978 The Immigrants Calvin Braderman TV movie
1979 The Paper Chase Gilbert Episode: "The Apprentice"[2]
1979 Barnaby Jones Ted Richman Episode: "Girl on the Road"
1979 Mrs. Columbo Sergeant Caplan / Fisher 3 episodes
1980 Nobody's Perfect Lt. Vince de Gennaro 8 episodes
1980 Soap F. Peter Haversham F. Peter Haversham
1980-1981 I'm a Big Girl Now Walter Douglass 11 episodes
1982 House Calls Episode: "Campaign in the Neck"
1980-1982 Quincy, M.E. Sigerski's attorney / Dr. Tate Edmonds 2 episodes
1981-1982 Shannon Lt. Rudy Maraga 9 episodes
1982 Voyagers! Harry Houdini Episode: "Agents of Satan"
1982 Romance Theatre Christian Episode: "Bayou Romance: Parts 1-5"
1983 Knight Rider Paul DeBrett Episode: "The Topaz Connection"
1983 V Robert Maxwell Miniseries
1983 Hotel Lieutenant Pellegrini Episode: "Hotel"
1983 Chiefs John Howell Part 3
1983 Goodnight, Beantown Ed Episode: "Looking Forward to the Past"
1984 V: The Final Battle Robert Maxwell 3 Parts
1984 V: The Series Robert Maxwell Episodes: "Liberation Day" and "Dreadnought"
1984-1985 Alice Nicholas Stone 4 episodes
1985 Highway to Heaven Jim Haynes Episode: "The Right Thing"
1985 Diff'rent Strokes Detective Harris Episode: "Sam's Missing"
1984-1986 Remington Steele Donald Piper 2 episodes
1986 Dynasty Sgt. Landers 2 episodes
1986 Scarecrow and Mrs. King Thomas Blackthorne Episode: "Unfinished Business"
1983-1987 Hill Street Blues Joe Furillo / Irv Luboff 5 episodes
1987 The Last Innocent Man District Attorney TV movie
1987 Family Sins Dr. Hamilton TV movie
1987-1988 Santa Barbara Alex Nikolas 84 episodes
1982-1988 Cagney & Lacey Kurts / Anthony Berwick 2 episodes
1988 Hunter Whitney Ferris Episode: "Boomerang"
1989 L.A. Law Joseph Schaeffer Episode: "The Plane Mutiny"
1989 From the Dead of Night Dr. Morrow TV movie
1989 Who's the Boss? Richard Braden Episode: "Mother and Child Disunion"
1990 Father Dowling Mysteries Dr. Latimer Episode: "The Ghost of a Chance Mystery"
1990 Dragnet John O'Connor Episode: "Trespass"
1990 Equal Justice Jason Prentiss Episode: "Courting Disaster"
1991 Jake and the Fatman Marcus Webster Episode: "I'd Do Anything"
1991 P.S.I. Luv U Leo Fallbrook Episode: "What's Up, Bugsy?
1986-1992 Matlock D.A. Lloyd Burgess 22 episodes
1992 Silk Stalkings Gordon Tully Episode: "Irreconcilable Differences"
1992 Secrets Victor Sabachelli 2 episodes
1986-1993 CBS Schoolbreak Special Lieutenant Gennaro / Nick Miller 2 episodes
1993 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine General Hazar Episode: "Sanctuary"
1994 Menendez: A Killing in Beverly Hills Bob Winters TV movie
1994 Alien Nation: Dark Horizon Avid Fan TV movie
1993-1995 Renegade Howard Hamster / Judge Charles Hollister 2 episodes
1996 Pacific Blue Defense Attorney Malone Episode: "First Shoot"
1997 Law & Order Attorney Hilburne Episode: "Harvest"
1993-2000 Beverly Hills, 90210 Dr. John Martin 32 episodes
2001 Philly Judge Simon Green Episode: "Loving Sons"
2003 ER Bob Gilman Episode: "A Little Help from My Friends"
2004 NYPD Blue Judge Kepler Episode: "I Like Ike"
2004 Judging Amy Larry Feiner Episode: "Catching It Early"
2006 Magma: Volcanic Disaster President Fletcher TV movie
2006 Desperate Housewives Mr. Katzburg 3 episodes
2007 Brothers & Sisters Judge Howard Chandler Episode: "Domestic Issues"
2008 Without a Trace Councilman Pfeiffer Episode: "4G"
2009 Mental Alan Jennings Episode: "Life and Limb"
2010 Persons Unknown Dr. David Salinger Episode: "Shadows in the Cave"
2010 Dexter Stuart Frank Episode: "In the Beginning"
2013 The Mindy Project Dr. Walters Episode: "Santa Fe"
2013 Christmas in the City Santa TV movie
2016-2018 Grace and Frankie Sonny 2 episodes


  1. ^ Garver, Gregory (October 7, 1984). "Micheal Durrell kills for his role". TimesDaily: TV Week. Florence, AL. p. 46. Retrieved July 15, 2020.
  2. ^ The Paper Chase, Season 1, Episode 17: "The Apprentice"(YouTube) Archived 2020-06-22 at the Wayback Machine