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Also Known As: Died: November 30, 1994
Born: January 11, 1908 Cause of Death: lung cancer
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, producer, investment broker

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Craggy-faced character player with a distinctive raspy voice who made his film debut in 1932 and went on to enliven numerous films, usually as an endearing curmudgeon, until he was blacklisted in the early 1950s. Stander supported himself as a stock player and Wall Street broker before resurfacing in international films, particularly "spaghetti westerns," in the 1960s. He later played the eccentric chauffeur on the TV series, "Hart to Hart" (1979-84). Stander was memorable as the cynical press agent in "A Star is Born" (1937) and as an old-time gangster in Roman Polanski's atmospheric "Cul-de-Sac" (1966).

Craggy-faced character player with a distinctive raspy voice who made his film debut in 1932 and went on to enliven numerous films, usually as an endearing curmudgeon, until he was blacklisted in the early 1950s. Stander supported himself as a stock player and Wall Street broker before resurfacing in international films, particularly "spaghetti westerns," in the 1960s. He later played the eccentric chauffeur on the TV series, "Hart to Hart" (1979-84). Stander was memorable as the cynical press agent in "A Star is Born" (1937) and as an old-time gangster in Roman Polanski's atmospheric "Cul-de-Sac" (1966).

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Two Gals and a Guy (1951) Dialogue Director

CAST: (feature film)

3.
 Last Good Time, The (1994) Howard Singer
6.
 Hart to Hart Returns (1993) Max
7.
 Joey Takes a Cab (1991) Joey
8.
 Wicked Stepmother (1989) Sam
9.
 Cookie (1989) Enzo Della Testa
10.
 Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius (1989) Interviewee
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Worked as reporter on the New York newspapers, the "Evening Journal" and "The Daily News"
1928:
New York stage debut in "him"
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Worked on radio with Fred Allen, Eddie Cantor and Rudy Vallee
1932:
Screen debut in Fatty Arbuckle and Harold Lloyd comedy shorts
1935:
Feature film debut, "The Scoundrel"
1941:
Produced first stage show, "Brooklyn, U.S.A." (With Bern Bernard)
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Blacklisted in the early 1950s due to uncooperative testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee
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Worked as stockbroker on Wall Street
1963:
Returned to acting when Tony Richardson cast him in stage production of "The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui"
1965:
Returned to film in "The Loved One" (dir. Tony Richardson)
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Moved to Italy in late 1960s; appeared in over 50 films during next ten years
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Education

University of North Carolina: Wilmington , North Carolina - 1927 - 1928

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wife:
Lucy Dietz. Artist. Married 1928, divorced 1936.
wife:
Alice Twitchell. Artist. Married 1938, divorced 1942.
wife:
Vehanne Havens Monteagle. Married 1945, divorced 1950; two children together.
wife:
Diana Radbec. Singer. Married 1953, divorced 1963; one daughter.
wife:
Maria Penn. Married 1963, divorced 1971; one daughter.
wife:
Stephana Van Hennick. Married 1971; one daughter.
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father:
Louis Stander. Accountant.
mother:
Bella Stander.
daughter:
Mikele Stander. Mother Lucy Dietz.
daughter:
Jennifer Stander. Born 1971; mother Stephana Van Hennick.
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