Lionel Stander Overview:

Character actor, Lionel Stander, was born Lionel Jay Stander on Jan 11, 1908 in The Bronx, NY. Stander appeared in over 125 film and TV roles, most famously as Cornelius Cobb in Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936), Matt Libby in A Star Is Born (1937) - and on TV as Max on Hart to Hart (1979-1984). Stander died at the age of 86 on Nov 30, 1994 in Los Angeles, CA and was laid to rest in Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale) Cemetery in Glendale, CA.


Lionel Stander was much in demand for roles as comic gangsters and other side-of-the-mouth types before the McCarthy blacklist halted his career in 1948, After a brief stint as a Wall Street broker, he played many character roles in Britain and Italy before going back to Hollywood and finding a secure slot with the five-season-long television series Hart to Hart.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).



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Lionel Stander Quotes:

Norman Maine: What do they do with the actors while you're away?
Matt Libby: Oh, they cut 'em into slices and fry 'em with eggs.

[closing narration]
Narrator: "God moves in mysterious ways," they said. Maybe he is on your side, the way it all worked out. Remembering other Christmases, wishing for something, something important, something special. And this is it, baby boy Frankie Bono. You're alone now. All alone. The scream is dead. There's no pain. You're home again, back in the cold, black silence.

Narrator: When the Better Business Bureau rings the Christmas bell, the suckers forget there's such a business as murder, and businessmen who make it their exclusive line.

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