Noam Pitlik
Noam Pitlik in Gidget, 1965
Born(1932-11-04)November 4, 1932
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedFebruary 18, 1999(1999-02-18) (aged 66)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Other namesNoam Pitlick
Alma materGratz College
Temple University
Occupation(s)Actor, television director, producer
Years active1954–1999
Jesse Blostein
(m. 1967; div. 1970)
Linda Hirsch
(m. 1974; div. 1977)
Susan Whittaker
(m. 1986)

Noam Pitlik (November 4, 1932 – February 18, 1999) was an American television director and actor. In 1979, Pitlik won an Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series for his work on the ABC sitcom Barney Miller.[1]

Early life

The son of Dr. and Mrs. Samuel Pitlik,[2] he was born in Philadelphia.[citation needed] He was a graduate of Central High School, Gratz College, and Temple University.[2]


Pitlik began his acting career in a Western series on WCAU[citation needed] in Philadelphia.[3] In 1951, he was part of the set design and construction crew for the Philadelphia Experimental Theater.[4] In 1952, he was a member of the cast for the Summer Theater Guild's production of Philadelphia Story in Indiana, Pennsylvania.[5]

In 1957, he starred in an Off-Broadway production of Kurt Weill's The Threepenny Opera. During the 1960s and 1970s, Pitlik became a familiar character actor on television, making guest appearances in around 80 different TV series (making multiple appearances in several) including The Untouchables, The Rifleman, The Patty Duke Show, Gunsmoke, My Favorite Martian, Combat!, The Virginian, The Munsters, Gidget, The Andy Griffith Show, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., The Invaders, The Fugitive, The F.B.I., Get Smart, I Dream Of Jeannie, Hogan's Heroes (in seven different roles, including in the pilot episode), The Monkees, Bewitched, The Flying Nun, That Girl, Run for Your Life, The Mod Squad, The Odd Couple, Nanny and the Professor, The Partridge Family, Room 222, Night Gallery, Love, American Style, All in the Family, Mannix, Ironside, Cannon, Barnaby Jones, Hawkins, and The Six Million Dollar Man. He had recurring roles on Ben Casey; I'm Dickens, He's Fenster; The Bob Newhart Show and Sanford and Son. He also appeared in TV movies, commercials and some theatrical films such as The Fortune Cookie, The Graduate, Fitzwilly and The Front Page. Though he largely retired from acting in the mid-1970s to concentrate on directing, Pitlik still made a handful of widely spaced acting appearances over the next two decades. His final appearance as an actor was in an episode of Becker in 1998.[1]

Pitlik directed episodes of 29 different TV series including Barney Miller (102 episodes, more than anyone else), Wings (27 episodes), Night Court (1 episode), Mr. Belvedere (44 episodes), Off the Rack (6 episodes), Taxi (11 episodes) and One Day at a Time (18 episodes). In addition to the Emmy, he also received the Peabody Award and Directors Guild of America Award for his work on Barney Miller.[6]

Personal life and death

Pitlik was married three times; his first marriage was to Jesse Blostein on February 11, 1967. They divorced on September 29, 1970. Pitlik next married Linda Hirsch on June 23, 1974; they divorced on April 25, 1977. Pitlik's last marriage was to Susan Whittaker on January 18, 1986. They remained married until his death at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center from lung cancer on February 18, 1999, at age 66.[6]


Year Title Role Notes
1963 A Child Is Waiting Concerned Father Uncredited
1963 My Favorite Martian Officer Thorp
1965 The Satan Bug Motel Clerk Uncredited
1965 The Hallelujah Trail Interpreter
1965 Hogan's Heroes Wagner
1966 The Fortune Cookie Max
1966 Penelope Bank Security Guard Uncredited
1966 Texas Across the River Indian Uncredited
1966 The Young Warriors
1967 Fitzwilly Charles
1967 The Graduate Gas Station Attendant Uncredited
1967 The Monkees Shazar S2:E3, "Everywhere a Sheik, Sheik"
1967 The Monkees Harry S2:E12, "Hitting the High Seas"
1968 Fade In George
1968 The Virginian (TV series) Walt Hardesty saison 6 episode 24 (The handy man)
1969 The Thousand Plane Raid Lt. Jacoby
1969 The Big Bounce Sam Turner
1969 Downhill Racer T.V. Announcer Uncredited
1974 The Front Page Wilson


  1. ^ a b Oliver, Myrna (February 24, 1999). "Noam Pitlik; Character Actor, Director". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Jessie Blostein Of Athens to Wed Noam Pitlik". The Evening Times. Sayre, Pennsylvania. January 2, 1954. p. 3. Retrieved July 29, 2018 – via
  3. ^ Lentz, Harris M. III (2000). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 1999: Film, Television, Radio, Theatre, Dance, Music, Cartoons and Pop Culture. McFarland. p. 173. ISBN 978-0-7864-0919-8.
  4. ^ Wister, Jane (October 17, 1951). "Experimental Theater Set To Open Season Oct. 23". The Philadelphia Inquirer. p. 42. Retrieved July 29, 2018 – via
  5. ^ "'Philadelphia Story' Has Interesting Cast". Indiana Gazette. June 20, 1952. p. 6. Retrieved July 29, 2018 – via
  6. ^ a b Galloway, Doug (February 24, 1999). "Noam Pitlik". Variety. Retrieved July 25, 2017.