Lionel Stander

Highest Rated: 100% A Star Is Born (1937)
Birthday: Jan 11, 1908
Birthplace: Not Available
Born in the Bronx, hulking, raspy-voiced comic actor Lionel Stander attended the University of North Carolina before making his professional stage debut at age 19. He appeared in a number of two-reel comedies produced at Vitaphone's Brooklyn studio before heading to Hollywood in 1935. Usually cast as a brutish gangster with intellectual pretensions, he was also memorable as the acerbic Corny Cobb in Frank Capra's Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936), the vengeful press agent Libby in the original A Star Is Born (1937), and Archie Goodwyn in a brace of Nero Wolfe mysteries produced by Columbia. An outspoken political liberal, Stander ran into trouble with the Dies Committee during the first Communist witchhunt in the early '40s, and by the end of the decade was blacklisted altogether when he refused to cooperate with the House Un-American Activities Committee. He supported himself as a stockbroker and journeyman stage actor until he was "rescued" by director Tony Richardson, who cast Stander in an important role in The Loved One. After his riveting portrayal of an American mobster in Roman Polanski's Cul-de-Sac (1966), he became something of a cult figure in Europe, working steadily in spaghetti Westerns and crime thrillers. Back in the U..S in the 1970s, he essayed one of his best roles as Liza Minelli's agent in Martin Scorsese's New York, New York. TV fans knew Lionel Stander best as resourceful general factotum Max on the Robert Wagner-Stefanie Powers adventure series Hart to Hart (1979-1994).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
89% The Last Good Time Howard Singer 1995
No Score Yet Hart to Hart: Old Friends Never Die Actor 1994
No Score Yet The Heist Actor 1989
18% Cookie Enzo Della Testa 1989
No Score Yet Wicked Stepmother Sam 1989
39% 1941 Scioli 1979
No Score Yet The Squeeze (The Rip-Off) Sam Epstein 1978
No Score Yet Matilda Pinky Schwab 1978
59% New York, New York Tony Harwell 1977
29% The Cassandra Crossing Conductor 1977
No Score Yet Cyclone (Terror Storm) (Tornado) Actor 1977
No Score Yet The Black Hand Actor 1976
25% The Black Bird Gordon Immerman 1975
No Score Yet All'onorevole piacciono le donne (The Eroticist) Cardinale Maravidi 1975
No Score Yet Sensual Man Actor 1974
No Score Yet Treasure Island Billy Bones 1972
No Score Yet Milano Calibro 9 (Caliber 9) Actor 1972
75% Pulp Ben Dinuccio 1972
No Score Yet Sting of the West Actor 1972
No Score Yet 1931: Once Upon a Time in New York Actor 1972
0% The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight Baccala 1971
No Score Yet Per Grazia Ricevuta Actor 1971
No Score Yet Giacomo Casanova: Childhood and Adolescence (Infanzia, vocazione e prime esperienze di Giacomo Casanova, veneziano) Don Tosello 1969
No Score Yet Boot Hill Mamy 1969
98% Once Upon a Time in the West Barman 1968
No Score Yet A Dandy in Aspic Sobakevich 1968
No Score Yet Beyond The Law Preacher 1968
83% Cul-de-Sac Richard 1966
53% The Loved One Guru Brahmin 1965
No Score Yet Promise Her Anything Sam 1964
No Score Yet St. Benny the Dip Monk 1951
No Score Yet Mad Wednesday Max 1951
No Score Yet A Boy, a Girl and a Bike Actor 1949
93% Unfaithfully Yours Hugo Standoff 1948
73% Call Northside 777 Corrigan 1948
No Score Yet Texas, Brooklyn and Heaven The Bellhop 1948
89% Sin of Harold Diddlebock Max 1947
No Score Yet Specter of the Rose Lionel Gans 1946
60% The Kid From Brooklyn Spider Schultz 1946
No Score Yet The Big Show-Off Joe Bagley, Club Owner 1945
No Score Yet Guadalcanal Diary Butch 1943
85% Hangmen Also Die Gabby 1943
No Score Yet Ice Follies of 1939 Mort Hodges 1939
No Score Yet Professor Beware Jerry 1938
No Score Yet The Last Gangster Curly 1937
100% A Star Is Born Libby 1937
No Score Yet More than a Secretary Ernest 1936
89% Mr. Deeds Goes to Town Cornelius Cobb 1936
No Score Yet The Milky Way Spider Schultz 1936
No Score Yet The Gay Deception Gettel 1935
No Score Yet Page Miss Glory Nick Papadopolis 1935
No Score Yet The Scoundrel Rothenstein 1935
No Score Yet If You Could Only Cook Flash 1935
No Score Yet I Live My Life Yaffitz 1935
No Score Yet The Old Grey Mayor Tom Mulligan 1935

TV

CREDIT
97% Moonlighting
1985-1989
Max
  • 1986
  • 1985

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