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Also Known As: Robert Langford Stack Died: May 14, 2003
Born: January 13, 1919 Cause of Death: heart failure
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor

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Tall, masculine, and blessed with a matinee idol's baritone voice, Robert Stack certainly looked every inch the movie star, but he actually found his greatest fame on television. His iron jaw and terse delivery made him the ideal crime fighter to tackle the worst gangsters of the Jazz Age on "The Untouchables" (ABC, 1959-1963). That air of moral inflexibility still carried freight almost 30 years later, when he hosted "Unsolved Mysteries" (NBC/CBS, 1987-2002). Prior to and between those two series, he co-starred in a number of popular films, earned an Academy Award nomination, and even got a few chances to poke fun at his rigid on-screen persona in several comedies and animated series.

Tall, masculine, and blessed with a matinee idol's baritone voice, Robert Stack certainly looked every inch the movie star, but he actually found his greatest fame on television. His iron jaw and terse delivery made him the ideal crime fighter to tackle the worst gangsters of the Jazz Age on "The Untouchables" (ABC, 1959-1963). That air of moral inflexibility still carried freight almost 30 years later, when he hosted "Unsolved Mysteries" (NBC/CBS, 1987-2002). Prior to and between those two series, he co-starred in a number of popular films, earned an Academy Award nomination, and even got a few chances to poke fun at his rigid on-screen persona in several comedies and animated series.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Recess: School's Out (2001) Voice Of Superintendent
2.
3.
 Killer Bud (2001)
4.
 Totally Irresponsible (2000) The Gooch
5.
 Mumford (1999) Himself
6.
 Sealed With a Kiss (1999) Sumner Etheridge
8.
 Baseketball (1998) Beer Cheerleader
10.
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Milestones close milestones

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National skeet champion at age 16; member of all-American team
1939:
Screen debut, "First Love", in which he gave screen star Deanna Durbin her first screen kiss
1942:
Appeared as a Polish flying ace in "To Be or Not To Be"
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Film career interrupted during WWII when he served with US Air Force
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TV debut on live programs: "Lux Video Theatre", "Ford Theatre", "Producers Showcase" during the early 1950s
1951:
Had leading role in "The Bullfighter and the Lady"
1954:
Delivered a strong supporting turn as a pilot in "The High and the Mighty"
1955:
Played the destective investigating the case in a TV version of "Laura" (CBS)
1956:
Received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for "Written on the Wind", directed by Douglas Sirk
1957:
Co-starred in the SIrk-directed "The Tarnished Angels"
1959:
Formed Langford Productions
1959:
Had title role in the biopic "John Paul Jones"
1959:
Co-produced and starred as Eliot Ness in the ABC crime drama "The Untouchables"; won Best Actor Emmy in 1960
1968:
Again played detective investigating the case in an ABC remake of "Laura"
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Starred in the NBC crime drama "The Name of the Game"
1975:
Played title role in "The Honorable Sam Houston" (ABC)
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Returned to series TV in "Most Wanted" (ABC)
1980:
Demonstrated comic flair in the spoof "Airplane!"
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Played the lead in the ABC series "Strike Force"
1985:
Co-starred in teh ABC miniseries "Hollywood Wives"
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Served as host for "Unsolved Mysteries" (NBC); began as occasional specials before becoming a weekly series
1990:
Last on camera feature role (to date) "Joe Versus the Volcano"
1991:
Reprised most famous role in the NBC TV-movie "The Return of Eliot Ness"
1998:
Resumed hosting duties of "Unsolved Mysteries" when it switched networks to CBS
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Education

Henry Duffy School of Theater: -
University of Southern California: Los Angeles , California - 1937 - 1938

Notes

He was inducted into the National Skeet Shooting Hall of Fame in 1971.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Rosemarie Bowe. Actor. Married January 23, 1956.

Family close complete family listing

father:
James Langford Stack Sr.
mother:
Elizabeth Modini Stack.
uncle:
Richard Bonelli. Metropolitan Opera singer.
aunt:
Mona Chapman Bonelli. Lyricist. Died on March 13, 1998 at age 95.
brother:
James Langford Stack Sr.
daughter:
Elizabeth Stack. Actor. Born 1957.
son:
Charles Stack. Born 1958.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Straight Shooting"

Contributions

Miss_Mellie ( 2007-03-14 )

Source: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,858531,00.html

Robert Stack's FATHER was James Langford Stack SR., his brother is James Langford Stack JR. The familial listing has them both listed as SR.

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