Born Dec. 10, 1923, in Schenectady, N.Y., Gould graduated with a doctorate degree in theater from Cornell University, where he later taught speech and drama. He decided to make the jump to performing in 1960 and worked in television and movies for more than a decade before he struck pay dirt playing dapper swindler Kid Twist in The Sting (1973). Other notable films on Gould's résumé include Silent Movie (1976), Patch Adams (1998) and Stuart Little (1999).
But television is where Gould became a fixture with a plethora of guest spots and recurring roles in two hit series: "Rhoda" (1974-78) and "The Golden Girls" (1985-92). Nominated for five Emmys over the course of his career, Gould passed away Sept. 11, 2010.