Lionel Stander


Actor
Lionel Stander

About

Birth Place
New York City, New York, USA
Born
January 11, 1908
Died
November 30, 1994
Cause of Death
Lung Cancer

Biography

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 th...

Family & Companions

Lucy Dietz
Wife
Artist. Married 1928, divorced 1936.
Alice Twitchell
Wife
Artist. Married 1938, divorced 1942.
Vehanne Havens Monteagle
Wife
Married 1945, divorced 1950; two children together.
Diana Radbec
Wife
Singer. Married 1953, divorced 1963; one daughter.

Biography

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).

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Two Gals and a Guy (1951)
Dialogue Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Hart to Hart: Secrets of the Hart (1995)
The Last Good Time (1994)
Howard Singer
Hart to Hart: Old Friends Never Die (1994)
Hart to Hart: Crimes of the Hart (1994)
Max
Hart to Hart: Home Is Where the Hart Is (1994)
Hart to Hart Returns (1993)
Joey Takes a Cab (1991)
Cookie (1989)
Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius (1989)
Wicked Stepmother (1989)
Transformers - The Movie (1986)
Voice
The Squeeze (1980)
Sam Epstein
1941 (1979)
Hart to Hart (1979)
Max
Matilda (1978)
The Cassandra Crossing (1977)
New York, New York (1977)
The Black Bird (1975)
Paolo Il Caldo (1973)
Baron Paolo Castorini
Dirty Weekend (1973)
General
Pulp (1972)
Ben Dinuccio
Treasure Island (1972)
The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight (1971)
[Anthony] Baccala [Vestrummo]
Don Camillo e i Giovani d'Oggi (1971)
Grazia Ricevuta, Per (1971)
Once Upon a Time in the West (1969)
Barman
A Dandy in Aspic (1968)
Sobakevich
Gates to Paradise (1967)
Monk
Promise Her Anything (1966)
Sam
Cul-de-Sac (1966)
Richard
The Loved One (1965)
Guru Brahmin
Blast of Silence (1961)
Narrator
St. Benny the Dip (1951)
Monk
Two Gals and a Guy (1951)
Mr. Seymour
Trouble Makers (1949)
"Hatchet" Moran
Call Northside 777 (1948)
Corrigan
Unfaithfully Yours (1948)
Hugo Standoff
Texas, Brooklyn & Heaven (1948)
The bellhop
The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (1947)
Max
The Kid from Brooklyn (1946)
Spider Schultz
In Old Sacramento (1946)
Eddie Dodge
Specter of the Rose (1946)
Lionel Gans
A Boy, a Girl and a Dog (1946)
Jim [Allen]
Gentleman Joe Palooka (1946)
Harry Mitchell
The Big Show-Off (1945)
Joe Bagley
Guadalcanal Diary (1943)
Butch
Tahiti Honey (1943)
Pinkie
Hangmen Also Die! (1943)
The Taxi Driver
The Bride Wore Crutches (1941)
Flannel-mouth
The Ice Follies of 1939 (1939)
Mort Hodges
What a Life (1939)
Ferguson
The Crowd Roars (1938)
"Happy" Lane
No Time to Marry (1938)
Al Vogel
Professor Beware (1938)
Jerry
A Star Is Born (1937)
Matt Libby
The League of Frightened Men (1937)
Archie Goodwin
The Last Gangster (1937)
"Curly"
The Milky Way (1936)
Spider Schultz
The Music Goes 'Round (1936)
O'Casey
Meet Nero Wolfe (1936)
Archie Goodwin
More Than a Secretary (1936)
Ernest
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
Cornelius Cobb
They Met in a Taxi (1936)
Fingers Garrison
Soak the Rich (1936)
Joe Muglia
The Scoundrel (1935)
Rothenstein
The Gay Deception (1935)
Gettel
Hooray for Love (1935)
Chowsky
If You Could Only Cook (1935)
Flash
We're in the Money (1935)
Leonidus Giovanni "Butch" Gonzola
I Live My Life (1935)
Yaffitz
Page Miss Glory (1935)
Nick
We're Not Dressing (1934)

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Hart to Hart: Secrets of the Hart (1995)
Other

Cast (Special)

The Boys (1988)
Happy Birthday, Hollywood! (1987)
The Time of Their Lives (1987)
Sully Carson
The American Film Institute Salute to Frank Capra (1982)
Performer
The Sunshine Boys (1977)
Al Lewis

Cast (Short)

The Old Grey Mayor (1935)
Smoked Hams (1934)
Salt Water Daffy (1933)

Life Events

1928

New York stage debut in "him"

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)

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)

Photo Collections

More Than a Secretary - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
More Than a Secretary - Behind-the-Scenes Photos

Videos

Movie Clip

More Than A Secretary - Stimulates The Liver Secretarial school owner Carol (Jean Arthur), working incognito at "Body And Brain" magazine, with fitness chief Ernest (Lionel Stander) and boss Fred (George Brent), in More Than A Secretary, 1936.
Mr. Deeds Goes To Town (1936) - I Wonder Why He Left Me All That Money? Lawyers Cedar and Anderson (Douglas Dumbrille, Harry C. Bradley) and PR man Cobb (Lionel Stander) find Gary Cooper (title character, ) at his Vermont home, informing him of his giant inheritance, Frank Capra directing from Robert Riskin’s screenplay, in Mr. Deeds Goes To Town, 1936.
Mr. Deeds Goes To Town (1936) - Cinderella Man Corny Cobb (Lionel Stander), PR man from the law firm of the uncle who left him $20-million, visits the title character (Gary Cooper), alarmed by news of his first night on the town, neither knowing that his new friend Babe (Jean Arthur) is the reporter, in Mr. Deeds Goes To Town, 1936.
Mr. Deeds Goes To Town (1936) - You Money-Grabbing Hick! Storming home to Vermont after finding out his girlfriend was a sneaky reporter, Gary Cooper (title character), with PR man Cobb (Lionel Stander), is confronted by a farmer (John Wray), incensed by stories of his inheritance and lifestyle, a big moment in Frank Capra’s Mr. Deeds Goes To Town, 1936.
Star Is Born, A (1937) - Pronounced Vicki Vicki Mentor Norman (Fredric March) supports Esther (Janet Gaynor) in the screen test he arranged, then producer Oliver (Adolphe Menjou) signs her, and press agent Libby (Lionel Stander) discovers a problem, William A. Wellman directing David Selznick's original A Star Is Born, 1937.
Star Is Born, A (1937) - Ginger Ale And What? A famous very early on-location Technicolor scene, William A. Wellman directing at the Santa Anita race track, where drying-out Norman (Fredric March) bumps into his crusty former press agent Libby (Lionel Stander), in the original A Star Is Born, 1937.
Pulp (1972) - Death Rattle In Paperback A local political campaign in the background, gangster Dinuccio (Lionel Stander) is filling in hired hard-boiled fiction writer Mickey (Michael Caine) on the ghost writing job, Lizabeth Scott, in her first movie for 15 years, staging events outside, in Mike Hodges' Pulp, 1972.
Pulp (1972) - That Happens To All Actors At a ruin on Malta, low-rent writer Mickey (Michael Caine) discovers that his contact for a secret ghost-writing gig is Nadia Cassini, and his subject is mobbed-up retired actor Gilbert (Mickey Rooney), fixer Dinuccio (Lionel Stander) their ride, in Mike Hodges' Pulp, 1972.
Milky Way, The (1936) - Bricks And Tomatoes Manager Gabby (Adolphe Menjou) prepares fighter Speed (William Gargan) to receive Sullivan (Harold Lloyd), the milkman who knocked him out, Ann (Verree Teasdale) and Spider (Lionel Stander) sniping, in Leo McCarey's The Milky Way, 1936.
Blast of Silence - You Hate Parties Lionel Stander narrates the tortured mind of hit man Frankie (director and star Allen Baron), attending a Christmas party, dancing with Lorrie (Molly McCarthy) in Blast of Silence, 1961.
Blast of Silence - Pick Up The Target Hit man Frank (Director and star Allen Baron, voice over by Lionel Stander) resumes his Manhattan tracking of mobster Troiano (Peter Clune) in Blast of Silence, 1961.
Blast of Silence - Opening, Born in Pain Unusual opening relating bitter feelings from rather early experiences, in voice over by Lionel Stander expressing the thoughts "Frankie" (director and star Allen Baron) in Blast of Silence, 1961.

Trailer

Last Gangster, The - (Original Trailer) When a notorious gangster (Edward G. Robinson) gets out of prison, he vows revenge on the wife who left him. Also starring James Stewart.
Mr. Deeds Goes To Town - (Re-issue Trailer) When small-town poet Gary Cooper inherits a fortune, he has to deal with the corruption of city life in Frank Capra's Mr. Deeds Goes To Town (1936).
Pulp - (Pan-and-scan Trailer) A pulp fiction novelist (Michael Caine) must solve the murder of the man whose autobiography he was hired to ghostwrite in Pulp (1972).
1941 - (Original Trailer) Panic sweeps Hollywood when a Japanese invasion is suspected in Steven Spielberg's gigantic farce 1941 (1979).
We're in the Money - (Original Trailer) Joan Blondell and Glenda Farrell set out to drain a playboy's wealth in We're In The Money (1935).
Cassandra Crossing, The - (Original Trailer) An all-star cast is trapped on a train carrying a deadly virus in The Cassandra Crossing (1976) starring Sophia Loren and Martin Sheen.
Star is Born, A (1937) - (Original Trailer) A fading matinee idol marries the young beginner he's shepherded to stardom in A Star is Born (1937) starring Janet Gaynor & Fredric March.
Loved One, The - (Original Trailer) Robert Morse heads an all-star cast in the bizarre comedy The Loved One (1965) based on a novel by Evelyn Waugh.
Crowd Roars, The (1938) - (Original Trailer) This time, The Crowd Roars (1938) about boxing as a fighter's hard-drinking father gets his son (Robert Taylor) mixed up with the underworld.
Page Miss Glory - (Original Trailer) A con artist creates a composite photo to win a beauty contest, then has to find the real thing in Page Miss Glory (1935) starring Marion Davies.
I Live My Life - (Original Trailer) Joan Crawford declares I Live My Life (1935) as a flighty society girl who tries to make a go of her marriage to an archaeologist.
Ice Follies Of 1939, The - (Original Trailer) It's Joan Crawford and James Stewart on ice! in The Ice Follies Of 1939 featuring the Technicolor Ice Ballet.

Family

Louis Stander
Father
Accountant.
Bella Stander
Mother
Mikele Stander
Daughter
Mother Lucy Dietz.
Jennifer Stander
Daughter
Born 1971; mother Stephana Van Hennick.

Companions

Lucy Dietz
Wife
Artist. Married 1928, divorced 1936.
Alice Twitchell
Wife
Artist. Married 1938, divorced 1942.
Vehanne Havens Monteagle
Wife
Married 1945, divorced 1950; two children together.
Diana Radbec
Wife
Singer. Married 1953, divorced 1963; one daughter.
Maria Penn
Wife
Married 1963, divorced 1971; one daughter.
Stephana Van Hennick
Wife
Married 1971; one daughter.

Bibliography