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Also Known As: Charles Maurice Haid, Charlie Haid Died:
Born: June 2, 1943 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Palo Alto, California, USA Profession: actor, director, producer

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This burly character player of stage, screen, and TV is best known as Officer Andy Renko on Steven Bochco's acclaimed and innovative police drama "Hill Street Blues" (NBC, 1981-87). Haid effectively embodied a short-tempered but basically sympathetic good ol' boy uneasily adjusting to being a cop in a large city. He has tended to fare well playing Southerners and working class professionals. Haid has also worked as a TV producer and director. In the former capacity, he oversaw one of Bochco's more notable failures--the musical cop show "Cop Rock" (ABC, 1990). As a director, he frequently helmed episodes of several Bochco shows including "Doogie Howser, M.D.," "L.A. Law" and "NYPD Blue." Haid segued to feature direction with "Iron Will" (1994), a rugged adventure set in the 1917 about a dog-sled marathon. Haid enjoyed his first success in showbiz as the producer of the musical "Godspell" which was then the senior project of classmate Stephen Schwartz (who went on to write the lyrics for Disney's "Pocahontas"). He went on to co-produce the NY production which inaugurated the worldwide hit. Haid also gained extensive acting experience on stage before segueing to TV and films in the 1970s. His notable...

This burly character player of stage, screen, and TV is best known as Officer Andy Renko on Steven Bochco's acclaimed and innovative police drama "Hill Street Blues" (NBC, 1981-87). Haid effectively embodied a short-tempered but basically sympathetic good ol' boy uneasily adjusting to being a cop in a large city. He has tended to fare well playing Southerners and working class professionals. Haid has also worked as a TV producer and director. In the former capacity, he oversaw one of Bochco's more notable failures--the musical cop show "Cop Rock" (ABC, 1990). As a director, he frequently helmed episodes of several Bochco shows including "Doogie Howser, M.D.," "L.A. Law" and "NYPD Blue." Haid segued to feature direction with "Iron Will" (1994), a rugged adventure set in the 1917 about a dog-sled marathon.

Haid enjoyed his first success in showbiz as the producer of the musical "Godspell" which was then the senior project of classmate Stephen Schwartz (who went on to write the lyrics for Disney's "Pocahontas"). He went on to co-produce the NY production which inaugurated the worldwide hit. Haid also gained extensive acting experience on stage before segueing to TV and films in the 1970s. His notable feature credits include supporting roles in "Altered States" (1980), as a cranky scientist, "Cop" (1988), as a corrupt officer, and "Nightbreed" (1990), as a monster-hating sheriff. Haid has also appeared in numerous TV-movies, guest shots, and specials.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Iron Will (1994)
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  Cooperstown (1993)
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  Nightman, The (1991) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Broken Trust (1995) Harold Ashley
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 Cooperstown (1993)
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 Storyville (1992)
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 For Their Own Good (1992) Frank Souter
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 Nightbreed (1990) Captain Eigerman
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1971:
Co-produced original NY production of "Godspell"
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Directed episodes of the ABC sitcom "Doogie Howser, M.D." (produced by Bochco)
1999:
Had rare acting role in a feature an ambitious bishop in "The Third Miracle"
1990:
Served as a producer and occasional director on the short-lived musical cop show, "Cop Rock"
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Served in the US Naval Submarine Corps stationed in Southeast Asia
1992:
TV-movie directing debut, "In the Line of Duty: Siege at Marion"
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Attended high school with future music luminaries Grace Slick, Jerry Garcia, and Joan Baez
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Began acting in college productions
1996:
Directed pilot and episodes of "High Incident", an ABC police drama
1995:
Directed pilot of Bochco's "Murder One" (ABC); earned Emmy nomination
1977:
Feature debut, "The Choirboys"
1972:
NY stage debut, "Elizabeth the First"
1984:
TV debut as a producer, "Children in the Crossfire", an NBC TV-movie dealing with conflicts in Ireland (also acted)
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Acted with the American Conservatory Theater, the San Diego National Shakespeare Festival, the New York Shakespeare Festival, and the American Shakespeare Festival
1976:
Cast as a regular on "Delvecchio", a cop show
1975:
Debut as a TV series regular, "Kate McShane", as the Jesuit priest brother of the lawyer protagonist
2003:
Directed an episode of the ABC drama "Karen Sisco"
1994:
Feature directing debut, "Iron Will", a period adventure about a dog-sled marathon
1997:
Helmed the TNT original "Buffalo Soldiers"
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Raised in a suburb of San Francisco
2000:
Directed the CBS miniseries "Sally Hemings: An American Scandal"
1987:
Feature producing debut as executive producer of "Square Dance/Home is Where the Heart Is"
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Had first big hit as producer of the musical "Godspell" which was then a friend's senior project in college
2001:
Helmed the pilot for the CBS series "Big Apple"; also served as an co-executive producer of the series
1986:
Hosted a PBS documentary/forum entitled "A Program for Vietnam Veterans . . . And Everyone Else Who Should Care"
1981:
Played signature role of Officer Andy Renko, a regular on the acclaimed police drama "Hill Street Blues" (produced by Stephen Bochco)
1974:
TV-movie debut, "Things in Their Season", a CBS melodrama
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Was co-executive producer of the short-lived CBS series "Buddy Faro"; also directed episodes
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Education

Carnegie Institute of Technology: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania -

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wife:
Penelope Windust. Actor. Divorced in 1983.
wife:
Deborah Richter. Actor. Married on February 15, 1985.

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daughter:
Arcadia Elizabeth Haid. Mother, Penelope Windust.
daughter:
Brittany Catherine Haid. Born in July 1976 mother, Penelope Windust.

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