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Lionel Stander

Biography

Appreciated for his figure roles in such 1930s motion pictures as Match Nero Wolfe, A Star EXISTS, and Mr. Deeds Would go to Town, he’s also significant for his radio performing work, which include performances in the Lux Radio Movie theater show as well as the Eddie Cantor Present. After briefly participating in the School of NEW YORK at Chapel Hill, he made an appearance within a 1928 theatrical creation on the Provincetown Playhouse and continued to create his cinematic debut in the 1932 Fatty Arbuckle film In the Dough. A staunch liberal and labor unionist, he helped create the Screen Stars Guild and was afterwards investigated and eventually blacklisted with the infamous House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). The son of Russian Jews, he spent his youth in The Bronx, NEW YORK. During the period of his six marriages — to Lucy Dietz, Alice Twitchell, Vehanne Monteagle, Diana Kadlec, Maria Penn, and Stephanie Van Hennick — he previously six children. He appeared with Harold Lang in 1952-1953 Broadway production from the musical Pal Joey.

Quick Facts


Full Name Lionel Stander
Date Of Birth January 11, 1908
Died November 30, 1994, Los Angeles, California, United States
Place Of Birth New York
Height 1.84 m
Profession Movie Actor
Education University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Nationality American
Spouse Stephanie Van Hennick, Maria Penn, Diana Radbec, Vehanne Monteagle, Alice Twitchell, Lucy Dietz
Movies Once Upon a Time in the West, Cul-de-sac, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, New York, New York, The Cassandra Crossing, A Star Is Born, The Transformers: The Movie, 1941, Wicked Stepmother, Boot Hill, The Loved One, Unfaithfully Yours, The Senator Likes Women, The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight, Beyond the Law, Between Miracles, Giacomo Casanova: Childhood and Adolescence, The Last Good Time, The Sin of Harold Diddlebock, Meet Nero Wolfe, Treasure Island, La novizia, More Than a Secretary, Promise Her Anything, The League of Frightened Men, The Scoundrel, Specter of the Rose, St. Benny the Dip, Gates to Paradise, Sting of the West, The Sensual Man, The Milky Way, The Big Show-Off, Dirty Weekend, The Crowd Roars, Texas, Brooklyn and Heaven, Seven Times Seven, Professor Beware, Trouble Makers, Tahiti Honey, What a Life, Two Gals and a Guy, The Bride Wore Crutches, Caliber 9, Pulp, Cyclone, Zenabel, Hart To Hart: Old Friends Never Die, The Music Goes 'Round, I Loved a Soldier, Hart To Hart: Home Is Where the Hart Is
TV Shows Hart to Hart, The Adventures of Pinocchio
Star Sign Capricorn

  • Facts
  • Filmography
  • Awards
  • Salaries
  • Quotes
  • Trademarks
  • Pictures

#Fact
1Played "Spider" in both "The Milky Way" (1936) and its remake, "The Kid From Brooklyn" (1946).
2Stander's name is mentioned along with Sterling Hayden's in the movie Guilty by Suspicion (1991), from a script by the blacklisted Communist Abraham Polonsky, when the protagonist is grilled by an inquisitorial committee bearing a resemblance to HUAC.
3Tried to recruit Melvyn Douglas, a prominent liberal, to the Communist Party.
4Was blacklisted during the 1950s when he was exposed as a Communist Party member during the House Un-American Activities Committee hearings. Marc Lawrence had testified that Stander told him that joining the Party would make him more attractive to women. In his own HUAC testimony, Stander denounced Lawrence as a psychopath and presented a letter that gave Lawrence's mental history and revealed that he had been hospitalized after a mental breakdown just prior to his HUAC testimony.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hart to Hart: Secrets of the Hart1995TV MovieMax
The Last Good Time1994Howard Singer
Hart to Hart: Old Friends Never Die1994TV MovieMax
Hart to Hart: Crimes of the Hart1994TV MovieMax
Hart to Hart: Home Is Where the Hart Is1994TV MovieMax
Hart to Hart Returns1993TV MovieMax
Dream On1991TV SeriesUncle Pat
Joey Takes a Cab1991Joey
The Boys1988-1989TV SeriesGene
Cookie1989Enzo Della Testa
Wicked Stepmother1989Sam
Bellifreschi1987Frank Santamaria
CBS Summer Playhouse1987TV SeriesSully Carson
Moonlighting1986TV SeriesMax
The Transformers: The Movie1986Kup (voice)
Hart to Hart1979-1984TV SeriesMax
19411979Angelo Scioli
The Squeeze1978Sam
Cyclone1978Taylor
Matilda1978Pinky Schwab
New York, New York1977Tony Harwell
The Sunshine Boys1977TV MovieAl Lewis
The Cassandra Crossing1976Max, the Train Conductor
San Pasquale Baylonne protettore delle donne1976Don Gervasio
The Black Bird1975Gordon Immerman
La novizia1975Don Nini
Mark of Zorro1975Padre Donato
Red Coat1975Doctor Higgins
Di mamma non ce n'è una sola1974Elia
La via dei babbuini1974
Innocenza e turbamento1974Salvatore Niscemi
The Sensuous Sicilian1973Baron Castorini
Viaggia, ragazza, viaggia, hai la musica nelle vene1973
Il tuo piacere è il mio1973Il marchese Cavalcanti / Il cardinale di Ragusa
La mano nera1973Lieutenant Giuseppe Petrosino
Crescete e moltiplicatevi1973
Dirty Weekend1973General
Halleluja to Vera Cruz1973Sam 'Tonaca"' Thompson
Le avventure di Pinocchio1972TV Mini-SeriesMangiafoco
Father Jackleg1972Stinky Manure
Treasure Island1972Billy Bones
Don Camillo e i giovani d'oggi1972Peppone
All the Brothers of the West Support Their Father1972
Pulp1972Ben Dinuccio
The Senator Likes Women1972Cardinal Maravidi
Caliber 91972Americano
Piazza pulita1972Pete's Old Gangster Friend
Stanza 17-17 palazzo delle tasse, ufficio imposte1971Katanga
Siamo tutti in libertà provvisoria1971Lawyer Bartoli
The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight1971Baccala
Between Miracles1971Oreste Micheli
Crepa padrone, crepa tranquillo1970
Mir hat es immer Spaß gemacht1970The Admiral
Boot Hill1969Mamy
Zenabel1969Pancrazio
It Takes a Thief1969TV SeriesMax
Infanzia, vocazione e prime esperienze di Giacomo Casanova, veneziano1969Don Tosello
H2S1969
Armchair Theatre1969TV SeriesPatrick E. Pendergast
Once Upon a Time in the West1968Barman
Gates to Paradise1968Monk
Al di là della legge1968Preacher
A Dandy in Aspic1968Sobakevich
Seven Times Seven1968Sam
Cul-De-Sac1966Richard
Promise Her Anything1966Sam
The Loved One1965The Guru Brahmin
The Wednesday Play1965TV SeriesGeneral Burroughs
The Moving Finger1963Anatole
Blast of Silence1961Narrator (voice, uncredited)
St. Benny the Dip1951Monk Williams
Two Gals and a Guy1951Mr. Seymour
Big Town1951TV Series
Nash Airflyte Theatre1951TV Series
The Billy Rose Show1950TV Series
Drooler's Delight1949ShortBuzz Buzzard (voice, uncredited)
Wild and Woody!1948ShortBuzz Buzzard (voice, uncredited)
Trouble Makers1948'Hatchet' Moran
Unfaithfully Yours1948Hugo Standoff
Wet Blanket Policy1948ShortBuzz Buzzard (voice, uncredited)
Texas, Brooklyn & Heaven1948Bellhop
Call Northside 7771948Corrigan - Wiecek's Cellmate (uncredited)
The Sin of Harold Diddlebock1947Max
Fair Weather Fiends1946ShortWolfie Wolf (voice, uncredited)
Gentleman Joe Palooka1946Harry Mitchell
Specter of the Rose1946Lionel Gans
A Boy, a Girl and a Dog1946Jim
Who's Cookin Who?1946ShortWolfie Wolf (voice, uncredited)
In Old Sacramento1946Eddie Dodge
Apple Andy1946ShortThe Devil (voice, uncredited)
The Kid from Brooklyn1946Spider Schultz
The Loose Nut1945ShortConstruction Worker (voice, uncredited)
The Big Show-Off1945Joe Bagley
Fish Fry1944ShortCat (voice, uncredited)
Guadalcanal Diary1943Sgt. Butch
Tahiti Honey1943Pinkie
Hangmen Also Die!1943Banya
Hit Parade of 19411940uncredited
The Bride Wore Crutches1940'Flannel-Mouth' Moroni
What a Life1939Ferguson
The Ice Follies of 19391939Mort Hodges
The Crowd Roars1938'Happy' Lane
Professor Beware1938Jerry
No Time to Marry1938Al Vogel
The Last Gangster1937'Curly'
The League of Frightened Men1937Archie Goodwin
A Star Is Born1937Matt Libby
I Loved a Soldier1936
More Than a Secretary1936Ernest
They Met in a Taxi1936Fingers Garrison
Meet Nero Wolfe1936Archie Goodwin
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town1936Cornelius Cobb
The Music Goes 'Round1936O'Casey
The Milky Way1936Spider Schultz
Soak the Rich1936Muglia (kidnapper)
If You Could Only Cook1935Flash
I Live My Life1935Yaffitz, Bridge Player
The Gay Deception1935Gettel
Page Miss Glory1935Nick Papadopolis
We're in the Money1935Leonidus Giovanni 'Butch' Gonzola
Hooray for Love1935Chowsky
The Scoundrel1935Rothenstien
The Old Grey Mayor1935ShortAlderman Tom Mulligan
Guess Stars1935Short
Smoked Hams1934ShortMr. Ivanitch
I Scream1934ShortMicky Moran
Pugs and Kisses1934ShortSlug Mosconi
Mushrooms1934ShortBertram
Howd' Ya Like That?1934ShortCustoms Officer
Salt Water Daffy1933ShortChief Petty Officer Lambert
In the Dough1932ShortToots (uncredited)
Where Men Are Men1931ShortNancy's boyfriend (uncredited)

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Two Gals and a Guy1951dialogue director

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hart to Hart: Two Harts in 3/4 Time1995TV Movie in memory of
Hart to Hart: Secrets of the Hart1995TV Movie this program is dedicated to the memory of - as Lionel Stander 1908-1994

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Vicki!1994TV SeriesHimself
American Masters1989TV Series documentaryHimself
It's Garry Shandling's Show.1989TV SeriesHimself
Happy 100th Birthday, Hollywood1987TV Special documentaryHimself
The 4th Annual American Cinema Awards1987TV SpecialHimself
The 3th Annual American Cinema Awards1986TV SpecialHimself
The 35th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1983TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Special and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Special
The 40th Annual Golden Globe Awards1983TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
Today1982TV SeriesHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Frank Capra1982TV Special documentaryHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1978TV SeriesHimself - Actor
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1976TV SeriesHimself
The Eamonn Andrews Show1965-1966TV SeriesHimself
The Inheritance1964Documentary shortVoice (uncredited)
Watchtower Over Tomorrow1945Documentary short uncredited
Rhumba Rhythm at the Hollywood La Conga1939ShortHimself (uncredited)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Requiem for a Killer: The Making of 'Blast of Silence'2007Video documentaryNarrator
Intimate Portrait1999TV Series documentaryMax
The 67th Annual Academy Awards1995TV SpecialHimself (Memorial Tribute)
Hollywood: The Selznick Years1969TV Movie documentaryActor 'A Star Is Born' (uncredited)
Destination Meat Ball1951ShortBuzz Buzzard's vocal effects (uncredited)
Slingshot 6 7/81951ShortBuzz Buzzard (uncredited)
Puny Express1951ShortBuzz Buzzard's vocal effects (uncredited)
The Greatest Event in Television History2013TV SeriesMax
Edición Especial Coleccionista2011TV SeriesMamy
Making the Boys2011DocumentaryMax

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1983Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionHart to Hart (1979)


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#Quote
1[After being Blacklisted] I was an angry old man and now I'm a furious old one.
2[Asking the House Un-American Activities Committee to turn off the television cameras and the lighting needed for them to function] "I am a professional performer and I only appear on TV for entertainment or for philanthropic organizations, and I consider this a very serious matter that doesn't fit into either category."
3[on his appearing as a regular in the television series Hart to Hart (1979)] "I'm in a television program that is always among the top 20, that's shown in 67 countries in the world, helping lobotomize the entire world".
4[In testimony before HUAC] "I am not a dupe, a dope, or a moe, or a schmoe."

#Trademark
1Highly recognizable gruff voice.

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