Florence Halop

Show Count: 8
Series Count: 5
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Old Time Radio
Born: January 23, 1923 , Queens, New York, USA
Died: July 15, 1986, Los Angeles, California, USA

Florence Halop (January 23, 1923 – July 15, 1986) was an American actress. Best known for her role as the raspy-voiced bailiff Florence Kleiner on the sitcom Night Court, Halop was the sister of Billy Halop, one of the original Dead End/East Side Kids.


Born in Jamaica, Queens, New York, Halop had a long career on radio and got her start when she performed on Orson Welles' The Mercury Theatre on the Air. She transitioned to television in the early-1950s with a role in the series Meet Millie. After the series ended in 1956, Halop guest starred on various television series during the late 1950s and 1960s including roles in Playhouse 90, Going My Way, and I Spy.

Between 1976 - 1982, she played six different characters on the TV series Barney Miller. In 1984, she had a guest stint on St. Elsewhere. Halop’s character, Mrs. Hufnagel, was originally intended to be a one-episode spot, but her role was so well received the writers found a way to get her into 15 more episodes over the course of the season.

In 1985, Halop succeeded Selma Diamond as a female bailiff on Night Court after Diamond's death from lung cancer. Halop herself also developed lung cancer and died during the series run. She was replaced on Night Court by Marsha Warfield, who played Roz Russell until the series ended in 1992.


Halop was married to George Gruskin, who died in 1976. They were the parents of two daughters, Georgeanna and Benita. She is buried in Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery.

Source: Wikipedia

Bobby Benson's  AdventuresBobby Benson's Adventures
Show Count: 12
Broadcast History: 17 October 1932 to 11 December 1936 and 21 June 1949 to 17 June 1955
Cast: Billy Halop, Ivan Cury, Richard Wanamaker, Tex Ritter, Don Knotts, Herb Rice, Neil O'Malley, Craig McDonnell, Florence Halop, Clyde Campbell, Charles Irving, Bob Haig
Director: Bob Novak
Producer: Herb Rice
Henry Morgan Show TheHenry Morgan Show The
Show Count: 24
Broadcast History: 28 October 1940 to 25 January 1943, 8 October 1945 to 16 July 1946, 3 September 1946 to 24 June 1948, 13 March 1949 to 16 June 1950, and 6 February 1950 to 23 June 1950
Cast: Henry Morgan, Arnold Stang, Art Carney, Florence Halop, Madeline Lee, Kenny Delmar
Director: Kenneth MacGregor, Charles Powers
Host: Henry Morgan
Henry Morgan's radio career began as a page at New York station WMCA in 1932, after which he held a number of obscure radio jobs, including announcing. He strenuously objected to the professional name "Morgan". What was wrong with his own name, Henry van Ost, Jr.? he asked. Too exotic, too unpronounceable, he was told. "What about the successful announcers Harry von Zell or Westbrook Van Voorhis?" he countered. But it was no use, and the bosses finally told Henry he could take the job or leave it. Thus began a long history of Henry's having arguments with executives.
Jimmy Durante Show, TheJimmy Durante Show, The
Show Count: 42
Broadcast History: 10 September 1933 to 30 June 1950
Sponsor: Texaco, Camel Cigarettes, Rexall
Cast: Elvia Allman, Hope Emerson, Jimmy Durante, Florence Halop, Arthur Treacher, Victor Moore, Alan Young, Don Ameche
Producer: Phil Cohan