Corey Fischer http://www.coreyfischer.com
, born in 1945 in Los Angeles, received a BA in French and Theatre Arts from UCLA. In the mid-sixties he worked in Los Angeles in improvisational theatre, notably with The Committee, and went on to work in film and television. An early film appearance was in the biker cult film Naked Angels
Naked Angels is a 1969 outlaw biker film, directed by Bruce D. Clark. Starring Michael Greene as Mother, Jennifer Gan as Marlene and Richard Rust as Fingers. Later documentary director Penelope Spheeris is a cast member in her first appearance as an actress...
and an early television appearance was in The Mod Squad
The Mod Squad is a television series that ran on ABC from September 24, 1968, until August 23, 1973. This series starred Michael Cole, Peggy Lipton, Clarence Williams III, and Tige Andrews...
Fischer appeared in Robert Altman's first three Hollywood movies: M*A*S*H
, Brewster McCloud
Brewster McCloud is a 1970 movie, directed by Robert Altman, about a young recluse who lives in a fallout shelter of the Houston Astrodome, where he is building a pair of wings so he can fly. He is helped by his fairy godmother, played by Sally Kellerman....
, and McCabe and Mrs. Miller
and many of the best-known TV comedies of the seventies including All in the Family
All in the Family is an American sitcom that was originally broadcast on the CBS television network from January 12, 1971, to April 8, 1979. In September 1979, a new show, Archie Bunker's Place, picked up where All in the Family had ended...
, Sanford and Son
Sanford and Son is an American sitcom, based on the BBC's Steptoe and Son, that ran on the NBC television network from January 14, 1972, to March 25, 1977....
and Barney Miller
Barney Miller is a situation comedy television series set in a New York City police station in Greenwich Village. The series originally was broadcast from January 23, 1975 to May 20, 1982 on ABC. It was created by Danny Arnold and Theodore J. Flicker...
. In 1972-75 he played "Givits" a guitar-playing ex-rabbinical student in Sunshine
starting with the groundbreaking TV movie that became the prototype for a number of "Disease-of-the-week" movies that followed. He continued to play Givits in the short-lived spin-off series (13 lost episodes) and, finally, a second TV movie, Sunshine Christmas
In 1978 he co-founded Traveling Jewish Theatre http://www.atjt.com
and, in 1982, relocated with TJT to San Francisco where he continues to act, write and direct with TJT and to work in film and television. He is also a published writer of fiction and non-fiction. SF Chronicle
drama critic Robert Hurwitt called him "One of the Bay Area's acting treasures..." His one-man show, Sometimes We Need a Story More Than Food
was voted one of the ten best productions of 1993 by the Los Angeles Times
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and won a Marin County playwriting fellowship.
In 2000, the San Francisco Bay Guardian voted him one of the year's best directors for God's Donkey
, an original TJT production. In 2001, his play, See Under: Love
was listed as one of the year's ten best plays by the San Francisco Chronicle and was nominated by the Association of American Drama Critics as best play of 2001. In 1999 he received a Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays award for the same play. His short story, The Blessing
, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 1995.