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Comedian Robert Klein’s TV roles

Robert Klein, center, with Chanra Wilson and Jason

Robert Klein, center, with Chanra Wilson and Jason Alexander on the short-lived series "Bob Patterson." Credit: ABC / CARIN BAER

The veteran Bronx-born comedian is the subject of the documentary “Robert Klein Still Can’t Stop His Leg” (Friday, March 31, at 10 p.m. on Starz). In addition to stand-up comedy, Klein has made his mark in the movies (“Two Weeks Notice”), Broadway (Tony-nominated for “They’re Playing Our Song”) and TV (his credits range from “Love, American Style” to “Sharknado 2” and “3”). Here are five other Klein tube appearances:

SISTERS (1993-96) On the family drama, he played Big Al Barker, the over-the-top home appliance retailer who became the second husband of eldest sister Alex (Swoosie Kurtz) and sponsored her talk show.

BOB PATTERSON (2001) In this sitcom that lasted but five episodes, Klein played Landau, the business partner of the title character, an inept self-help expert played by Jason Alexander, in his first post-“Seinfeld” series.

THE STONES (2004) Klein had the leading role of Stan Stone in this short-lived (three episodes) sitcom about a husband and wife (Judith Light) who were divorced but still lived together with their children (Lindsay Sloane and Jay Baruchel). The show was a misfire from the same team responsible for “Will & Grace.”

LAW & ORDER: SVU (2009-12) Klein made four appearances as attorney Dwight Stannich. In his first appearance, he defended a Norma Desmond-esque diva played by Carol Burnett, who was accused of killing three people, including her husband.

THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA (2014-16) Klein was Leo Diamond, the antic, harmonica-playing father of the title character, NYPD Det. Laura Diamond (Debra Messing). He lived with her and her two kids.


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