Luther Adler Overview:

Character actor, Luther Adler, was born Lutha Adler on May 4, 1903 in New York City, NY. Adler appeared in over 60 film and TV roles. His best known films include Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye, D.O.A., M, and The Last Angry Man. Adler died at the age of 81 on Dec 8, 1984 in Kutztown, PA and was laid to rest in New Mount Carmel Cemetery in Glendale, NY.

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A distinguished stage actor, Luther Adler, hailed from a famous acting family. His squat build, olive complexion and heavy-jowled features consigned him mainly to roles as oily villains and kings of the underworld. His film appearances were surprisingly few, although he did crop up on TV's Hawaii Five-O in the 1970s with another of his unctuous crime czars. His second marriage was to actress Sylvia Sidney from 1938 to 1946. He played Hitler twice.

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Stephano Torino: Watch it Marco or you'll be burned.
Marco Torino: Not to be burned is not to live.


Dancaire: [to José] You don't like us, do you? We fill you with disgust. We're the symbol of your degradation.


Louis Bork: A wise boy like you should know I'm not kidding when I say I think I'm gonna kill you, Danny, just as sure as you're sitting there pretending you're not scared. I'd do it now like that
[Snapping his fingers]
Louis Bork: without a thought except I want my money first. I'm funny that way.


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Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 7-9. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998.

Uncle of Ellen Adler.

When his older sister Stella Adler went to Hollywood and signed with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the studio changed her name to Stella Ardler. Luther, whose acting career was primarily on the stage, asked her why M.G.M. hadn't changed her name to Beverly Wilshire.

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