Luther Adler


Actor
Luther Adler

About

Birth Place
New York City, New York, USA
Born
May 04, 1903
Died
December 08, 1984

Biography

Younger brother of esteemed drama coach Stella Adler and a founding member of the influential Group Theatre. Adler began his career in the Yiddish theater and became a screen regular after World War II. He was memorable as the villainous object of Dick Powell's vengeful quest in the hair-trigger noir, "Cornered" (1945), and in an unforgettable cameo performance as a crazed Hitler in the ...

Family & Companions

Sylvia Sidney
Wife
Actor. Married August 13, 1938 divorced in 1947; film star of the 1930s in "City Streets" (1931), "Jenny Gerhardt" (1933), "Fury" (1936) and "You Only Live Once" (1937).

Biography

Younger brother of esteemed drama coach Stella Adler and a founding member of the influential Group Theatre. Adler began his career in the Yiddish theater and became a screen regular after World War II. He was memorable as the villainous object of Dick Powell's vengeful quest in the hair-trigger noir, "Cornered" (1945), and in an unforgettable cameo performance as a crazed Hitler in the screen bio of Rommel, "The Desert Fox" (1951). Adler only made occasional films after the late 1950s but did work on stage and television.

Life Events

1908

Stage acting debut in "Schmendrick"

1937

Feature film debut, "Lancer Spy"

1945

Began acting regularly through the late 1950s in films with his role in the Edward Dmytryk thriler, "Cornered"

1971

Played Dr. Bernard Altman on the TV drama series, "The Psychiatrist"

1974

First film in five years, a feature version of Chekhov's play, "The Three Sisters"

1981

Last film, "Absence of Malice"

1983

Played by actor Paul Perri in the TV version of actress Frances Farmer's autobiography, "Will There Really Be a Morning?"

Videos

Movie Clip

Hot Blood (1956) - Suspicion Of Being Gypsies Los Angeles gypsy Marco (Luther Adler) and gang at the police station where they spring guests Papa (Joseph Calleia), betrothed Annie (Jane Russell) and Xano (Russell's brother Jamie), then groom Sephano/Steve (Cornel Wilde) with his concurrent girlfriend (Helen Westcott), early in Nicholas Ray's Hot Blood, 1956.
Hot Blood (1956) - So, She Dances At her arranged wedding to L-A gypsy Stefan (Cornel Wilde), in-from-Chicago Annie (Jane Russell) has, of her own accord, abandoned their agreed-upon plan to call off the ceremony, instead beginning a traditional dance, with a whip, a wild scene from Nicholas Ray's Hot Blood, 1956.
House Of Strangers (1949) - The Bank Will Open When I Get There Artful introduction of top-billed Edward G. Robinson as Gino Monetti (we’ve seen his portrait earlier, at the family-owned Manhattan bank), with Richard Conte as just-paroled son Max, visiting the vacant family home, and playing some Verdi, Joseph L. Mankiewicz directing, Luther Adler the elder son, in House Of Strangers, 1949.
House Of Strangers (1949) - This Bank Stinks With Tradition From producer Sol Siegel and director Joseph L. Mankiewicz, opening with legit Little Italy location shots, Richard Conte on what looks like Mulberry St., entering the Monetti Loan & Trust, where we learn he’s Max, released from prison, visiting Joseph (Luther Adler) and brothers Pietro and Tony (Paul Valentine, Efrem Zimbalist Jr.), in House Of Strangers, 1949.

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Family

Jacob Adler
Father
Actor. Noted figure in Yiddish theater.
Stella Adler
Sister
Acting coach, actor.
Bruce Adler
Son
Actor. Received Tony nominations for "Those Were the Days" (1991) and "Crazy for You" (1992).

Companions

Sylvia Sidney
Wife
Actor. Married August 13, 1938 divorced in 1947; film star of the 1930s in "City Streets" (1931), "Jenny Gerhardt" (1933), "Fury" (1936) and "You Only Live Once" (1937).

Bibliography