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Lionel Stander



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).

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
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
32% 1941
  • Scioli
1979
No Score Yet The Squeeze (The Rip-Off)
  • Sam Epstein
1978
No Score Yet Matilda
  • Pinky Schwab
1978
67% 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
67% Pulp
  • Ben Dinuccio
1972
No Score Yet 1931: Once Upon a Time in New York
  • Actor
1972
No Score Yet Sting of the West
  • Actor
1972
No Score Yet 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
85% 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
No Score Yet Saint Benny the Dip
  • 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
83% 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 The Old Grey Mayor
  • Tom Mulligan
1935
No Score Yet I Live My Life
  • Yaffitz
1935

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