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Florence Halop
Halop as she appeared in her role as "Florence Kleiner" on "Night Court".
General Actor Information
Gender: Female
Birthplace Jamaica, Queens, New York, U.S.
Died July 15, 1986(1986-07-15) (aged 63)
Death Location Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Actress, TV/Radio Personality
Spouse(s): George Gruskin (19??-1976; his death; 2 daughters)
Appearances/Series information
Appeared on: Night Court
appeared in:
22 episodes, Season 3
Appears as: Florence Kleiner

Florence Halop (January 23, 1923 – July 15, 1986) was an American actress. Best known for her role as the raspy-voiced bailiff Florence Kleiner in Season 3 of Night Court,[1] Halop was the sister of Billy Halop, one of the original Dead End/East Side Kids.


Born in Jamaica, Queens, New York, Florence enjoyed 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,[2] 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, who played the part of Selma Hacker, as the second bailiff on Night Court after Diamond's death from lung cancer. Halop herself also developed lung cancer and died during the series run.[2] She was replaced on Night Court by Marsha Warfield, who played Roz Russell until the series ended in 1992.[3]


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.


  1. [ Florence Halop of TV's 'Night Court' Dies at 63, by Edward J. Soyer for the Los Angeles Times, July 16, 1986.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named times
  3. Black Comedians on Black Comedy: How African-Americans Taught Us to Laugh, by Darryl Littleton, Hal Leonard Corporation, 2008, 237 pages. ISBN 1-55783-730-9.

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