||played Barney Ruditsky in The Lawless Years
Show narrator and protagonist. Detective Ruditsky is a member of the NYPD's so-called "Gangster Squad." This means he deals with any event involving organized crime and puts him into confilct with major gangsters of that era such as Dutch Schultz, Lepke Buchalter, Legs Diamond, Abe "Kid Twist" Reles, and others. Parents were Polish immigrants. Grew up on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Several of his childhood buddies became gangsters while he became a policman. Honest and incorruptible. Takes no crap off any hoodlum be they male or female. Dislikes Brooklyn.