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Axelrod was born in Los Angeles, California and made his first acting steps in the '70s with appearances in the television series Kojak (1977, with Ellen Bry) and the comedy Bananas (1971). Axelrod is also an awarded stag actor who performed in plays such as Autumn Elegy, Gypsy, Lost Uncles, Of Mice and Men, Christmas from the Heart, MacBeth, and Gandhi.
A well known face on screen, Axelrod played supporting and featured roles in several television series, including Hill Street Blues (1984, with regulars James B. Sikking and Barbara Bosson), Dallas (1983-1984, with Susan Howard, John Beck, Tracy Scoggins, Glenn Corbett, Walker Edmiston, Morgan Woodward, and Barry Jenner), Dynasty (1987, with Joan Collins and Matthew Faison), Night Court (1989), Knots Landing (1989-1990, with Melinda Culea, Joseph Campanella, Peter Vogt, Cecile Callan, and Biff Yeager), Everybody Loves Raymond (1999), Dhrama & Greg (1999, with Mitchell Ryan), The Division (2001), J.J. Abrams' Alias (2001, with Bob Clendenin, Keone Young, and Paul Scott), Ally McBeal, and Frasier (2003, starring Kelsey Grammer and with Steve Susskind).
Axelrod also had a recurring role in the daytime soap General Hospital (1987-1989) and featured roles in the television drama Not My Kid (1985, with Andrew Robinson and Chad Allen), the television thriller Love, Cheat and Steal (1993, with Mädchen Amick and John Pyper-Ferguson), the short comedy Through Thick and Thin (1999), the television drama Something to Sing About (2000, with Terrell Clayton), and the drama Blowing Smoke (2004, with Daniel Roebuck).
He has recurring roles as Grandpa Eddie in the comedy series The Help (2004, with regular Brenda Strong), as Electrolarynx Guy in My Name is Earl (2005-2007, with Jeanette Miller, Frank Collison, Carel Struycken, Bob Clendenin, and directed by Marc Buckland), and as Charlie "Really Old Guy" Yost in Grey's Anatomy (2006-2007). Axelrod also portrayed characters in episodes of Malcolm in the Middle (2005) and Scrubs (2006, with Ken Jenkins).
More recently, Axelrod had supporting roles in the superhero comedy Hancock (2008, with David Mattey, Elizabeth Dennehy, and Gregg Daniel), the romantic comedy Table for Three (2008, with Jennifer Morrison), and the comedy Labor Pains (2009, with Willie Garson and D.C. Douglas).