Harold Gould

  • Birth Name: Harold Vernon Goldstein
  • Birth Place: Schenectady, New York, United States
  • Died: September 11, 2010
  • Profession: Actor
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  • Served two years as a mortar gunner in the U.S. Army during World War II.
  • Met and married his wife of 60 years while they were both attending Cornell University.
  • Taught acting for several years at the collegiate level prior to embarking on a career as a performer.
  • Won an Obie Award in 1970 for his portrayal of Dr. Eduard Huml in famed playwright Vaclav Havel's off-Broadway production The Increased Difficulty of Concentration.
  • Played the role of Howard Cunningham, patriarch of the Cunningham family, in the 1972 pilot episode for the hit ABC television series Happy Days.
  • Returned to his Cornell University roots in the fall of 1997 when he and his wife, Lea Vernon, costarred as Willy and Linda Loman in the university's production of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman.


  • 1978, Emmy — Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1980, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Special: Nominee
  • 1986, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Special: Nominee
  • 1990, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1975, Emmy — Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Series: Nominee


  • Lea Vernon — Wife
  • Lillian Goldstein — Mother
  • Joshua Gould — Son
  • Deborah Gould Harris — Daughter
  • Lowell Gould — Son
  • Louis Goldstein — Father


  • New York State College for Teachers, Albany, New York, United States (BA, 1947); Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, United States (MA, 1948; PhD in Dramatic Speech and Literature, 1953)
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