New York native Alan North began his film career in 1971 with his role in Plaza Suite, which co-starred Walter Matthau and Maureen Stapleton. Henceforth, he would portray many secondary characters in an impressive string of high profile films. North was also frequently seen on stage as well as television. His most noticeable role on the small screen was for the early-'80s police spoof Police Squad, as Captain Ed Hocken. North died in early 2000, at the age of 79.