Friday, February 15, 2008

David Groh, 1939-2008


David Groh, the Chico Marx-looking actor best known as Rhoda's boyfriend/fiance/husband/ex on her eponymous sitcom, dead at the age of 68. Groh graduated from Brown Phi Beta Kappa, then studied in England on a Fulbright. (IMDB, by the way, has him born in 1941, which would have him entering Brown at 16. The New York Times obit birthdate of 1939 is much more plausible.)

Groh's Joe Gerard married Rhoda in the series' eighth episode, a ratings bonanza that featured much of the old Mary Tyler Moore Show cast as well as Rhoda taking the subway to her wedding in her wedding dress. Much was made of the fact that Joe Gerard was not Jewish, although Valerie Harper herself was not Jewish, so what's the big deal?

Rhoda and Joe separated in the first episode of Season Three, and divorced shortly thereafter, a result of - depending on whom you read - either slipping ratings or the desire on the part of the writers to construct more single-gal plots. If it was really the latter, it was a stupid idea, because Rhoda's ratings continued to slide, although the show limped on for two more years, Groh-less. David Groh went on to a career of guest shots on mediocre dramas and straight-to-cable movies.

His dying words were, "Lawrence Pressman lives on."

7 comments:

Mark Lerner said...

And so he joins Kurt Cobai in Roc and Rol Heave. This leaves Krist Novoseli as the sole surviving member of Nirvan.

T. Nawrocki said...

I was going to add something, but Nevermin.

Pike said...

Well sai!

Pike said...

(That just wasn't the wording of the Adams quote!)

Pike said...

They say parts of him will still groh post-mortem.

(I'll be here all week; try the veal!)

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