For his performance in Taxi, in 1981 and again in 1983, Judd Hirsch won the Emmy Award for Lead Actor In A Comedy Series. Hirsch went on to play the title character on the modestly successful sitcom Dear John and in 1989, he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Series in a Comedy or Musical for this role.
In motion pictures, Hirsch received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in 1980's Ordinary People. More recently, in 1996 he portrayed the father of Jeff Goldblum's character in Independence Day and in 2001, appeared in the acclaimed A Beautiful Mind. He has also appeared in the Family Guy episode Blind Ambition as himself.