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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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Cornelius Cobb: You're wasting your time. He doesn't want any lawyers. He's sunk so low he doesn't want help from anybody. You can take a bow for that. As swell a guy as ever hit this town, and you crucified him for a couple of stinking headlines. You've done your bit. Stay out of his way.

Narrator: They all hate the gun they hire. When people look at you, baby boy Frankie Bono, they see death. Death across the counter.

Matt Libby: That's a charming match. A nice girl like Vicki and Public Nuisance Number One.

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