David Groh was born on May 21, 1939 in Brooklyn, New York, United States, is Actor. David Groh's highly anticipated "marriage" to Valerie Harper on the seventh episode of the sitcom Rhoda (1974) was the highest rated episode of that show's entire run and it was this co-starring role that situated him squarely on the Hollywood TV map. Rhoda Morgenstern, the perennial bridesmaid, cynical plain-Jane and beloved Jewish-born jokester who was spun off from the classic comedy Mary Tyler Moore (1970) finally found her dream man in the form of virile, curly-haired, blue-collared Joe Gerard and audiences were ecstatic. Groh went on to equip himself quite well as the steady, mild-mannered foil to Rhoda's neurotic antics and busybody tendencies. The show, however, was not as great a success as expected and after three seasons the character of Joe was written out of the show. Concerned producers reasoned that audiences best loved Rhoda when she was a lovelorn bachelorette and that they could get more comedy mileage out of her character if she reverted back to single status. At the time, however, divorce was a serious issue and not as casually addressed in comedy as it is today. Audiences were perturbed that their beloved Rhoda would end up a divorcée; the series lasted only another year. David would continue steadily on stage and in independent films, but in a lesser light. Although he never found the same kind of attention again, for him it was more about the work.Born David Lawrence Groh on May 21, 1939, the son of Jewish-Americans Benjamin (an architect) and Mildred Groh, he received his diploma from Brooklyn Technical High School, where was elected student body president. He subsequently attended Brown University with an early interest in engineering, but graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in English literature. He apprenticed for a couple seasons at the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Connecticut, and was a spear carrier in the Katharine Hepburn/Robert Ryan production of "Antony and Cleopatra" in 1960. This early encouragement led to further studies in London -- courtesy of a Fulbright scholarship. David served in the Army for six months in 1963, and a year of reserve duty. Returning to his native New York, he sharpened his technique at the Actors Studio. Appearing around and about in such plays as "The Importance of Being Earnest," he finally marked his TV debut on a 1968 episode of the cult Gothic daytime drama "Dark Shadows" and made his film entrance in a prime role in the Italian-made feature Colpo rovente (1970) [Red Hot Shot].While continuing to add on-camera credits to his resume, notably a regular 1972-1973 role in the daytime drama Love Is a Many Splendored Thing (1967), it wasn't until he made a definitive move to Los Angeles in 1974 that his career suddenly accelerated. Within months he was cast alongside Valerie Harper in "Rhoda" and enjoyed three solid seasons as her handsome construction worker hubby. After he was phased out of the show, he found a sitcom of his own to star in with Another Day (1978) opposite Joan Hackett, but the family-oriented program lasted only a month in April. From then on he focused more and more on heavier dramatics. He portrayed the evil-minded D.L. Brock on the daytime soap opera General Hospital (1963) from 1983 to 1985, and later co-starred in the Roger Corman crime action series Black Scorpion (2001), while finding recurring roles on such programs as "Melrose Place," "Baywatch" and "Law & Order". Although he never made a strong showing on the large screen, David did appear in the films Irish Whiskey Rebellion (1972), Two-Minute Warning (1976) and A Hero Ain't Nothin' But a Sandwich (1978) in between assorted stage and TV assignments.He returned strongly to his theater roots after the Rhoda hoopla and played both appealingly charismatic and slick, unsavory types. He made his Broadway debut replacing Judd Hirsch in the winning Neil Simon comedy "Chapter Two" in 1978. Down the road he appeared in an assortment of plays: "King Lear" (1982), "Be Happy for Me" (1986), "Road Show" (1987), "Beyond a Reasonable Doubt" (1989), "The Twilight of the Golds" (1993), "Mizlansky/Zilinsky" (2000), "The Waverly Gallery," "Gangster Planet" (2002) and "Blackout" (2003), to name a few. He was an admired fixture both in New York and on the smaller Los Angeles stages, and tried his hand at stage directing with a production of "Mango Mango" at the Lee Strasberg Creative Center Theatre in Los Angeles in 2000. In recent years, David appeared occasionally in support in independent features.He developed a lifelong passion for early American furniture and folk art (which first blossomed as a youth visiting the Brooklyn and Metropolitan Museums and fully bloomed from his association with an acting teacher who was also a collector. ). David lived in Los Angeles at the time of his death from kidney cancer at age 68, and had one son, Spencer, from a prior 80s to Karla Pergande. His first marriage to denise Arsenault was annulled. He and his surviving third wife, the former Kristin Andersen, were in the early stages of development on a new lowbudget film tentatively called "Lower East Side Story".
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He performed with the American Shakespeare Theatre, then went to Great Britain to attend the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art on a Fulbright scholarship, and served in the United States Army from 1963 to 1964. On his return to New York City, he studied at The Actors Studio. He made his television debut in silent walk-on parts in two episodes of the Gothic daytime soap opera Dark Shadows on ABC in 1968, but did not garner fame until Rhoda.
Groh co-starred in the sitcom Rhoda in which he played Joe Gerard, a New York City building demolition company owner who met and married Rhoda Morgenstern, the best friend of Mary Richards from CBS's The Mary Tyler Moore Show. The show premiered September 9, 1974 and Joe and Rhoda married in the seventh episode. The network gave the marriage much advance publicity, and the episode proved a ratings blockbuster, having drawn some 50 million viewers to become one of television's most-watched single episodes.
On television, Groh appeared in guest roles on such series as Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, L.A. Law, Baywatch, Law & Order, Murder, She Wrote, Melrose Place, The X-Files, and JAG. His film career includes appearances in Two-Minute Warning (1976), Smash-Up on Interstate 5 (1976), Victory at Entebbe (1976), A Hero Ain't Nothin' but a Sandwich (1978), The Dream Merchants (1980), The Return of Superfly (1990), Get Shorty (1995), and several independent films.
In season three, the couple separated and later divorced. Groh was dropped to recurring status during season three, and he made only a few guest appearances the following season, before being written out of the show entirely. According to Valerie Harper, Groh was written out of the show when the producers decided that Rhoda worked better with its star as a single woman. "We all felt very bad about David not continuing," she said. The two remained lifelong friends. However, this change was not embraced by the show's audience and ratings began to decline sharply. Rhoda was eventually canceled in the fall of 1978. Groh starred in his own series, the short-lived Another Day, and went on to make his Broadway theatre debut in Neil Simon's Chapter Two.
From 1983 to 1985, Groh played D.L. Brock in the ABC soap opera General Hospital, leaving the show to appear in the off Broadway play Be Happy for Me (1986). The New York Times drama critic Frank Rich found Groh "completely convincing as the brash gold-chain-and-bikini-clad Lothario". Other New York City theater credits include Road Show (1987), and The Twilight of the Golds (1993).
Groh died on February 12, 2008 of kidney cancer in a Los Angeles hospital at the age of 68.