Max Showalter

Max Showalter

Highest Rated: 94% The Music Man (1962)

Lowest Rated: 12% Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978)

Birthday: Jun 2, 1917

Birthplace: Caldwell, Kansas, USA

Actor Max Showalter learned his craft at the Pasadena Playhouse. An adroit, quick-witted comic performer, Showalter was one of the earliest participants in the infant medium known as television. He was an ensemble player on 1949's The Swift Show, and that same year was a panelist on the "charades" quiz show Hold It Please. 20th Century-Fox chieftan Darryl F. Zanuck was a fan of Showalter's work; the producer hired Showalter as a Fox featured player, but not before changing his name to the more "box-office" Casey Adams. While there were a few leading roles, notably as Jean Peter's obtuse husband in Niagara (1953), for the most part Showalter/Adams' film career was confined to brief character parts (e.g. Return to Peyton Place [1958] and The Music Man [1962]). While still travelling under the alias of Casey Adams, Showalter appeared in a half-hour pilot film titled It's a Small World (1956); on this one-shot, the actor originated the role of Ward Cleaver, a role that would ultimately be assumed by Hugh Beaumont when Small World matriculated into Leave It to Beaver. Shedding the Casey Adams alias in the mid '60s, Max Showalter remained a busy character player into the '80s, appearing as a regular on the 1980 sitcom The Stockard Channing Show.

Highest Rated Movies



60% Racing With the Moon Mr. Arthur 1984
83% Sixteen Candles Fred 1984
67% 10 Reverend 1979
12% Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Ernest Shears 1978
No Score Yet Bonnie's Kids Actor 1973
70% The Anderson Tapes Bingham 1971
No Score Yet The Moonshine War Mr. Worthman 1970
75% Lord Love a Duck Howard Greene 1966
64% How to Murder Your Wife Tobey Rawlins 1965
60% Sex and the Single Girl Holmes 1964
40% Fate Is The Hunter Crawford 1964
No Score Yet Move Over Darling Desk clerk 1963
No Score Yet My Six Loves Actor 1963
94% The Music Man Actor 1962
No Score Yet Bon Voyage! The Tight Suit 1962
No Score Yet Summer and Smoke Roger 1961
No Score Yet Return to Peyton Place Nick Parker 1961
94% Elmer Gantry Deaf Man 1960
No Score Yet It Happened to Jane Selwyn Harris 1959
83% The Naked and the Dead Dalleson 1958
No Score Yet The Female Animal Charlie Grant 1958
67% The Monster That Challenged the World Tad Johns 1957
No Score Yet Dragoon Wells Massacre Phillip Scott 1957
No Score Yet Indestructible Man Chasen 1956
No Score Yet Never Say Goodbye Andy Leonard 1956
79% Bus Stop "Life" Reporter 1956
No Score Yet The Return of Jack Slade Billy Wilcox 1955
No Score Yet Down Three Dark Streets Dave Millson 1954
83% Night People Frederick S. Hobart 1954
No Score Yet Naked Alibi Actor 1954
No Score Yet Vicki Larry Evans 1953
No Score Yet Dangerous Crossing Jim Logan 1953
No Score Yet Destination Gobi Walter Landers 1953
80% Niagara Ray Cutler 1953
57% What Price Glory? Lt. Moore 1952
67% With a Song in My Heart Guild 1952
No Score Yet Always Leave Them Laughing Comet Pen Salesman 1949


No Score Yet The Incredible Hulk
Walter Gamble 1981
No Score Yet Quincy, M.E.
Dr. Gold 1979
No Score Yet The Bob Newhart Show
Dr. Morgan 1977
No Score Yet Kojak
Quinlan 1975
No Score Yet Bewitched
Barlow 1965
No Score Yet Perry Mason
Sparr Carl Judd Burt Stokes Henry 1965
No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show
Ralph Mason 1961
82% The Twilight Zone
Pat Riley 1961
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
Barney 1957


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