Robert Stack

Robert Stack

  • Highest Rated: 100% The Tarnished Angels (1958)
  • Lowest Rated: 4% Caddyshack II (1988)
  • Birthday: Not Available
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • The son of a wealthy California businessman, Robert Stack spent his teen years giving skeet shooting lessons to such Hollywood celebrities as Carole Lombard and Clark Gable; it was only natural, then, that he should gravitate to films himself after attending the University of Southern California. At age 20, he made his screen debut in Deanna Durbin's First Love (1939) in which he gave his teenaged co-star her very first screen kiss. Two years later he appeared opposite his former "pupil" Carole Lombard in the Ernst Lubitsch classic To Be or Not to Be (1942). After serving with the navy in WWII he resumed his film career, avoiding typecasting with such dramatically demanding film assignments as The Bullfighter and the Lady (1951), The Tarnished Angels (1957), and John Paul Jones (1959). He earned an Academy Award nomination for his performance as a self-destructive alcoholic in Written on the Wind (1956). In 1959 he gained a whole new flock of fans when he was cast as humorless federal agent Elliot Ness in TV's The Untouchables, which ran for four seasons and won him an Emmy award. He continued playing taciturn leading roles in such TV series as Name of the Game (1969-1971), Most Wanted (1976-1977), and Strike Force (1981), and from 1987 to 2002 was the no-nonsense host of the TV anthology Unsolved Mysteries. Not nearly as stoic and serious in real life, Stack was willing to spoof his established screen image in Steven Spielberg's 1941 (1979) and Zucker-Abraham-Zucker's Airplane! (1980). The warmer side of Robert Stack could be glimpsed in the TV informational series It's a Great Life (1985), which he hosted with his wife Rosemarie, and in his 1980 autobiography, Straight Shooting. Though film appearances grew increasingly sporatic through the 1990s, Stack remained a familiar figure to television viewers thanks to syndicated reruns of Unsolved Mysteries well into the new millennium. Memorable film roles in 1990s included lending his voice to Beavis and Butthead Do America (1996) and appearing as himself in the 1999 comedy drama Mumford. In October of 2002 Stack underwent successful radiation treatment for prostate cancer. On May 14, 2003, Robert Stack's wife Rosemarie found the actor dead in their Los Angeles home. He was 84.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Cooper and Hemingway: The True Gen Actor 2013
No Score Yet Gangsta King: Raymond Lee Washington Executive Producer Host 2003
No Score Yet From Russia To Hollywood Actor 2002
No Score Yet Butt Ugly Martians: Best of the Bad Guys Actor 2002
No Score Yet Killer Bud The Gooch 2001
61% Recess: School's Out Superintendent $34.9M 2001
No Score Yet From Russia to Hollywood: The 100-Year Odyssey of Chekhov and Shdanoff Actor 1999
57% Mumford himself 1999
No Score Yet Sealed with a Kiss, (Longfellow Bridge) Actor 1999
No Score Yet Sealed with a Kiss Sumner Ethridge 1999
No Score Yet Hercules: Zero to Hero Actor 1999
No Score Yet Killer Bud Actor 1999
42% BASEketball Himself - Unsolved Mysteries Host 1998
72% Beavis and Butt-head Do America Agent Flemming 1996
No Score Yet Wild Bill Hollywood Maverick Actor 1995
No Score Yet Baa Baa Black Sheep Lt. Littleboy 1993
No Score Yet The Return of Eliot Ness Eliot Ness 1991
62% Joe Versus the Volcano Dr. Ellison 1990
No Score Yet Proudly We Hail Actor 1990
4% Caddyshack II Chandler Young 1988
No Score Yet Plain Clothes Mr. Gardner, Principal 1988
No Score Yet Dangerous Curves Lewis 1988
No Score Yet Perry Mason: The Case of the Sinister Spirit Jordan White 1987
58% The Transformers - The Movie Actor 1986
No Score Yet Big Trouble Winslow 1986
No Score Yet George Washington Stark 1984
56% Uncommon Valor MacGregor 1983
No Score Yet Strike Force Actor 1981
97% Airplane! Rex Kramer 1980
39% 1941 Gen. Stilwell 1979
No Score Yet Most Wanted Actor 1976
No Score Yet Murder on Flight 502 Actor 1975
No Score Yet The Strange and Deadly Occurrence Actor 1974
No Score Yet Skin Game Actor 1971
No Score Yet The Corrupt Ones (Die Hölle von Macao) Cliff Wilder 1967
No Score Yet Action Man Jim Beckley 1967
71% Is Paris Burning? (Paris brûle-t-il?) Gen. Edwin Sibert 1966
No Score Yet The Caretakers Dr. Donovan MacLeod 1963
No Score Yet The Caretaker (The Guest) Actor 1963
No Score Yet Untouchables - Scarface Mob Actor 1962
No Score Yet The Last Voyage Cliff Henderson 1960
No Score Yet John Paul Jones John Paul Jones 1959
No Score Yet The Gift of Love Bill Beck 1958
100% The Tarnished Angels Roger Shumann 1958
81% Written on the Wind Kyle Hadley 1957
No Score Yet Great Day in the Morning Owen Pentecost 1956
No Score Yet Good Morning, Miss Dove Dr. Thomas 'Tom' Baker 1955
83% House of Bamboo Eddie Kenner aka Spanier 1955
25% The High and the Mighty John Sullivan 1954
No Score Yet Sabre Jet Col. Gil Manton 1953
No Score Yet War Paint Lt. Billings 1953
No Score Yet Bwana Devil Bob Hayward 1952
No Score Yet The Bullfighter and the Lady Johnny Regan 1951
No Score Yet My Outlaw Brother Patrick O'Moore 1951
No Score Yet Mr. Music Jefferson Blake 1950
No Score Yet Fighter Squadron Capt. Stu Hamilton 1948
57% A Date with Judy Stephen Andrews 1948
No Score Yet Miss Tatlock's Millions Nickey Van Alen 1948
98% To Be or Not to Be Lt. Stanislav Sobinski 1942
No Score Yet Badlands of Dakota Jim Holliday 1941
No Score Yet Nice Girl? Donald Winthrop Webb 1941
100% The Mortal Storm Otto von Rohn 1940
No Score Yet A Little Bit of Heaven Bob Terry 1940
No Score Yet First Love Ted Drake 1939

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet King of the Hill
1997-2010
Voice
  • 2001
No Score Yet Hercules
1998-1999
Voice
  • 1999
  • 1998
No Score Yet Suddenly Susan
1996-2000
Robert Stack
  • 1997
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Chester Harrison
  • 1986

QUOTES FROM Robert Stack CHARACTERS

Lt. Stanislav Sobinski
Anna, I'd like to speak to Mrs. Tura alone.
Maria Tura
Now look Stanislav, I usually tell my maid when to leave the room.
Lt. Stanislav Sobinski
I've so much to tell you. When we're in the plane we can't talk, when we're in the tearoom we can't do anything but talk. Maria...
Maria Tura
And when we're in the dressing room we must be very careful of my makeup.
Lt. Stanislav Sobinski
I hope you forgive me if I acted a little clumsy but, this is the first time I ever met an actress.
Maria Tura
Lieutenant, this is the first time I've ever met a man that could drop three tons of dynamite in two minutes bye.
Kramer
No... that's just what they'll be expecting us to do!