TV icon Hal Linden will appear at the New York premiere of "The Samuel Project," plus a reception beforehand, at the SYJCC in Commack on Wednesday.
The eight-time Emmy Award nominee for "Barney Miller," 87, stars with Ryan Ochoa (the Disney XD series "Pair of Kings") in a comedic drama of a teen who makes his grandfather the subject of an animated art project, and discovers that the elderly San Diego dry cleaner was saved from Nazi capture in Germany by a young woman when he was a boy.
The film opens the 6th International Jewish Film Festival. Following the 6 p.m. reception and the screening at 7:30 is a Q&A panel discussion with Linden, Ochoa, fellow cast-member Malina Moye and director and co-writer Mark Fusco.
The screening is $10 for SYJCC members, $12 for non-members and $6 for students, and the event with reception is $36 for members and $40 for non-members.
The film opens Friday in New York City and Oct. 5 nationwide.
In addition to his prime-time Emmy nominations, Linden — who starred as the titular New York City police captain in the acclaimed 1974-1982 comedy series "Barney Miller" — earned an individual achievement Daytime Emmy in 1983 for his work as host of ABC's "FYI." A longtime Broadway veteran, he won the 1971 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical, for "The Rothschilds."