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Max Showalter

Highest Rated:   96% Elmer Gantry (1960)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
71% Lord Love a Duck
  • Howard Greene
2000
60% Racing With the Moon
  • Mr. Arthur
1984
86% Sixteen Candles
  • Fred
1984
71% 10
  • Reverend
1979
15% Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
  • Ernest Shears
1978
No Score Yet Bonnie's Kids
  • Actor
1973
80% The Anderson Tapes
  • Bingham
1971
No Score Yet The Moonshine War
  • Mr. Worthman
1970
67% How to Murder Your Wife
  • Tobey Rawlins
1965
60% Sex and the Single Girl
  • Holmes
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
96% Elmer Gantry
  • Deaf Man
1960
No Score Yet It Happened to Jane
  • Selwyn Harris
1959
No Score Yet The Naked and the Dead
  • Dalleson
1958
80% 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
No Score Yet 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
83% Niagara
  • Ray Cutler
1953
50% What Price Glory?
  • Lt. Moore
1952
No Score Yet With a Song in My Heart
  • Guild
1952
No Score Yet Always Leave Them Laughing
  • Comet Pen Salesman
1949

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Pat Riley

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