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Robert Stack

Highest Rated:   100% The Tarnished Angels (1958)
Lowest Rated:   4% Caddyshack II (1988)
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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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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
56% Mumford
  • himself
1999
No Score Yet Sealed with a Kiss, (Longfellow Bridge)
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Hercules: Zero to Hero
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Sealed with a Kiss
  • Sumner Ethridge
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
55% 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
33% 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 Action Man
  • Jim Beckley
1967
80% 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
87% 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
50% 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 First Love
  • Ted Drake
1939

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