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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 14 January 1926Queens, New York City, New York, USA
Date of Death 13 May 2009Tarzana, Los Angeles, California, USA  (lung cancer)
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

For someone who goes only to movie theaters, Frank Aletter is a total stranger. It is true that the actor appeared in no more than a handful of theatrical films (Gerhart in Mister Roberts (1955), a commanding officer in Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970), Leigh Jensen in Private School (1983)...). But for a TV fan things are just the opposite, for Aletter was cast in NEARLY ALL the TV series, films, sitcoms and specials shot between 1955 and 1991! A sample of titles just give you an idea of Frank Aletter's prolific output on the small screen: Bringing Up Buddy (1960), Perry Mason (1957), The Cara Williams Show (1964), Lassie (1954), Mannix (1967), Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969), Insight (1960), Kojak (1973), Cannon (1971), Hunter (1976), "Super Jaimie"... In his first life, Frank Aletter had been a regular on Broadway appearing in plays and musicals like "Bells Are Ringing", "Time Limit", "Wish You Were Here" and of course "Mister Roberts", which opened to him the doors of filmed fiction.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Guy Bellinger

Spouse (2)

Estella Gelerter Hodes (26 May 1984 - 13 May 2009) (his death) (2 children)
Lee Meriwether (20 April 1958 - 1974) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (6)

Father, with Lee Meriwether, of two daughters: actresses Kyle Aletter and Lesley Aletter.
He had two step-daughters with his second wife, Estella: Julia Hodes and Alexandra Hodes.
Elected vice president of the Screen Actors Guild in 1987.
After he was discharged from the Army, he enrolled in the Dramatic Workshop at the New School for Social Research in New York City.
He served in the Army in Germany 1946-'48.
He made his NY debut in 1950 when he replaced Eli Wallach in the role of Stefanowski in the original Broadway production of "Mister Roberts." He later played another role (Gerhart) in the movie version of Mister Roberts (1955).

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