Native Detroiter Max Gail — 'Wojo' on TV's 'Barney Miller'— turns 74 today

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Max Gail as Det. Stan "Wojo" Wojciehowicz. - Screenshot from Barney Miller
Screenshot from Barney Miller
Max Gail as Det. Stan "Wojo" Wojciehowicz.

Anybody over a certain age is going to associate a memorable bass line and a shot of the New York skyline with a certain TV comedy of the 1970s and 1980s. The show, Barney Miller, was all about the Big Apple, but there was a bit of Detroit in it when you consider that Max Gail — who played Detective Stan "Wojo" Wojciehowicz, and turns 74 today — is a native of our fair city.

He grew up with something of a silver spoon in his mouth: Son of a businessman, he grew up in Grosse Ile, attended the prestigious private liberal arts institution Williams College in Massechussets, and returned to Detroit to teach for a while at University Liggett School in Grosse Pointe Woods.

As an actor, Gail has kept right on going, and recent months even saw him take on a classic role on daytime TV's General Hospital, playing a character in the early stages of Alzheimer's.

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Michael Jackman

Born in 1969 at Mount Carmel hospital in Detroit, Jackman grew up just 100 yards from the Detroit city line in east Dearborn. Jackman has attended New York University, the School of Visual Arts, Northwestern University and Wayne State University, though he never got a degree. He has worked as a bar back, busboy,...
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