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Lionel Stander (1908–1994)

Lionel Stander, the movie character actor with the great gravelly voice, was born on January 11th, 1908 in The Bronx borough of New York City. Stander's acting career was derailed when he was blacklisted during the 1950s after being exposed as a Communist Party member during the House Un-American Activities Committee hearings. In his own HUAC ... See full bio »

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 1995 Hart to Hart: Secrets of the Hart (TV Movie)
 1994 Hart to Hart: Old Friends Never Die (TV Movie)
 1994 Hart to Hart: Crimes of the Hart (TV Movie)
 1994 The Last Good Time
Howard Singer
 1993 Hart to Hart Returns (TV Movie)
 1991 Dream On (TV Series)
Uncle Pat
- Toby or Not Toby (1991) ... Uncle Pat
 1991 Joey Takes a Cab
 1988-1989 The Boys (TV Series)
- Friars' Club (1989) ... Gene
- Labor Day (1989) ... Gene
- Some Don't Like It Hot (1989) ... Gene
- Gene's Problem (1988) ... Gene
 1989 Wicked Stepmother
 1987 Bellifreschi
Frank Santamaria
 1987 CBS Summer Playhouse (TV Series)
Sully Carson
- The Time of Their Lives (1987) ... Sully Carson
 1986 Moonlighting (TV Series)
- It's a Wonderful Job (1986) ... Max
 1979-1984 Hart to Hart (TV Series)
- Always, Elizabeth (1984) ... Max
- Larsen's Last Jump (1984) ... Max
- Slam Dunk (1984) ... Max
- The Shooting (1984) ... Max
 1979 1941
Angelo Scioli
 1978 The Squeeze
 1978 Cyclone
 1978 Matilda
Pinky Schwab
 1977 New York, New York
Tony Harwell
 1977 The Sunshine Boys (TV Movie)
Al Lewis
 1976 The Cassandra Crossing
Max, the Train Conductor
 1976 Sex for Sale
Don Gervasio
 1975 The Black Bird
Gordon Immerman
 1975 La novizia
Don Nini
 1975 Mark of Zorro
Padre Donato
 1975 Red Coat
Doctor Higgins
 1974 Innocence and Desire
Salvatore Niscemi
 1973 The Sensuous Sicilian
Baron Castorini
 1973 Il tuo piacere è il mio
Il marchese Cavalcanti / Il cardinale di Ragusa
 1973 Dirty Weekend
 1973 Halleluja to Vera Cruz
Sam 'Tonaca"' Thompson
 1972 The Adventures of Pinocchio (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.3 (1972) ... Mangiafoco
- Episode #1.2 (1972) ... Mangiafoco
 1972 Father Jackleg
Stinky Manure
 1972 Pulp
Ben Dinuccio
 1972 The Senator Likes Women
Cardinal Maravidi
 1972 Caliber 9
 1972 Piazza pulita
 1971 We Are All in Temporary Liberty
Lawyer Bartoli
 1971 Between Miracles
Oreste Micheli
 1970 Mir hat es immer Spaß gemacht
The Admiral
 1969 Boot Hill
 1969 Zenabel
 1969 It Takes a Thief (TV Series)
- The King of Thieves (1969) ... Max
 1969 H2S
 1969 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Patrick E. Pendergast
- On Vacation (1969) ... Patrick E. Pendergast
 1968 Gates to Paradise
 1968 Beyond the Law
 1968 Seven Times Seven
 1966 Cul-De-Sac
 1965 The Wednesday Play (TV Series)
General Burroughs
- The Pistol (1965) ... General Burroughs
 1963 The Moving Finger
 1961 Blast of Silence
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1951 St. Benny the Dip
Monk Williams
 1951 Two Gals and a Guy
Mr. Seymour
 1951 Big Town (TV Series)
- Lady's Man (1951)
 1951 Nash Airflyte Theatre (TV Series)
 1949 Drooler's Delight (Short)
Buzz Buzzard (voice, uncredited)
 1948 Wild and Woody! (Short)
Buzz Buzzard (voice, uncredited)
 1948 Trouble Makers
'Hatchet' Moran
 1948 Unfaithfully Yours
Hugo Standoff
 1948 Wet Blanket Policy (Short)
Buzz Buzzard (voice, uncredited)
 1948 Texas, Brooklyn & Heaven
 1948 Call Northside 777
Corrigan - Wiecek's Cellmate (uncredited)
 1946 Fair Weather Fiends (Short)
Wolfie Wolf (voice, uncredited)
 1946 Gentleman Joe Palooka
Harry Mitchell
 1946 Specter of the Rose
Lionel Gans
 1946 Who's Cookin Who? (Short)
Wolfie Wolf (voice, uncredited)
 1946 In Old Sacramento
Eddie Dodge
 1946 Apple Andy (Short)
The Devil (voice, uncredited)
 1945 The Loose Nut (Short)
Construction Worker (voice, uncredited)
 1945 The Big Show-Off
Joe Bagley
 1944 Fish Fry (Short)
Cat (voice, uncredited)
 1943 Guadalcanal Diary
Sgt. Butch
 1943 Tahiti Honey
 1943 Hangmen Also Die!
 1940 Hit Parade of 1941 (uncredited)
 1940 The Bride Wore Crutches
'Flannel-Mouth' Moroni
 1939 What a Life
 1939 The Ice Follies of 1939
Mort Hodges
 1938 The Crowd Roars
'Happy' Lane
 1938 Professor Beware
 1938 No Time to Marry
Al Vogel
 1936 More Than a Secretary
 1936 They Met in a Taxi
Fingers Garrison
 1936 The Music Goes 'Round
 1936 Soak the Rich
Muglia (kidnapper)
 1935 I Live My Life
Yaffitz, Bridge Player
 1935 The Gay Deception
 1935 Page Miss Glory
Nick Papadopolis
 1935 We're in the Money
Leonidus Giovanni 'Butch' Gonzola
 1935 Hooray for Love
 1935 The Scoundrel
 1935 The Old Grey Mayor (Short)
Alderman Tom Mulligan
 1935 Guess Stars (Short)
 1934 Smoked Hams (Short)
Mr. Ivanitch
 1934 I Scream (Short)
Micky Moran
 1934 Pugs and Kisses (Short)
Slug Mosconi
 1934 Mushrooms (Short)
 1934 Howd' Ya Like That? (Short)
Customs Officer
 1933 Salt Water Daffy (Short)
Chief Petty Officer Lambert
 1932 In the Dough (Short)
Toots (uncredited)
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Stage Play: Banjo Eyes. Musical comedy. Music by Vernon Duke. Material by Joseph Quillan and Izzy Ellinson. Lyrics by John La Touche. Additional lyrics by Harold Adamson. Based on "Three Men on a Horse" by John Cecil Holm and George Abbott. "We Did It Before" by Charles Tobias and Cliff Friend. Orchestrations supervised by Domenico Savino.... See more »

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Lionel Stander 1908-1994


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Personal Quote:

[Asking the House Un-American Activities Committee to turn off the television cameras and the lighting needed for them to function] "I am a professional performer and I only appear on TV for entertainment or for philanthropic organizations, and I consider this a very serious matter that doesn't fit into either category." See more »


Was blacklisted during the 1950s when he was exposed as a Communist Party member during the House Un-American Activities Committee hearings. Marc Lawrence had testified that Stander told him that joining the Party would make him more attractive to women. In his own HUAC testimony, Stander denounced Lawrence as a psychopath and presented a letter that gave Lawrence's mental history and revealed ... See more »


Highly recognizable gruff voice.

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