Photo Gallery: Hirsch on Film

Elroy “Crazylegs” Hirsch x’45 almost turned down the role of playing himself in a biographical film. “I received this letter from (producer) Hall Bartlett asking whether I’d be interested in doing this movie,” Hirsch said in a 1987 interview. “I threw it away, and a couple of months later I received another one.” His starring role in Crazylegs launched a second career for the former Badger football star and future NFL Hall of Famer, including roles in two more full-length films and a handful of TV appearances. It all ended with a comical cameo in a 1965 episode of The Munsters.

Published in the Spring 2019 issue

Tags: Alumni, Athletics, Badger, Campus history, Film, football

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