Robert Stack

Actor
Tall, masculine, and blessed with a matinee idol's baritone voice, Robert Stack certainly looked every inch the movie star, but he actually found his greatest fame on television. His iron jaw and terse delivery made him ... Read more »
Born: 01/13/1919 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (113)

Cooper & Hemingway: The True Gen 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Pioneers of Television 2011 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood Home Movies 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Heroes of World War II 1985 - 1986, 1988 - 1998, 2000 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

View From the Top 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

Blossom 1988 - 1998, 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Carole Lombard: Hollywood's Profane Angel 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Cybill 1988 - 1998, 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Diagnosis Murder 1988 - 1998, 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Disney's Teamo Supremo 1988 - 1998, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Voice

King of the Hill 1988 - 1998, 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Voice

Lana Turner... A Daughter's Memoir 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1985 - 1986, 1988 - 1998, 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Butt-Ugly Martians 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Voice

Recess: School's Out 2001 (Movie)

of Superintendent (Voice)

Disney's Hercules 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Killer Bud 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

Leslie Nielsen: Naked Laughter 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Lords of the Mafia 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Yvonne DeCarlo: Gilded Lily 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Mumford 1999 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Rock Hudson: Acting the Part 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Totally Irresponsible 1999 (Movie)

The Gooch (Actor)

Baseketball 1998 (Movie)

Beer Cheerleader (Actor)

Unsolved Mysteries 1988 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Barbara Stanwyck: Straight Down the Line 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Judy Garland: Beyond the Rainbow 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Beavis and Butt-Head Do America 1996 (Movie)

(Voice)

Clark Gable: Tall, Dark and Handsome 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Tube Test Two 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

A Conversation With Dinah 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Joe Versus the Volcano 1990 (Movie)

Doctor Ellison (Actor)

Soap Opera Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

55th Annual King Orange Jamboree Parade 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Caddyshack II 1988 (Movie)

Chandler Young (Actor)

Dangerous Curves 1988 (Movie)

(Actor)

Plain Clothes 1988 (Movie)

Mr Gardner--Principal (Actor)

Unsolved Mysteries (02/05/88) 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Unsolved Mysteries (05/06/88) 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Unsolved Mysteries (05/18/88) 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Unsolved Mysteries (11/29/87) 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Happy Birthday, Hollywood! 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 38th Annual Emmy Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

NBC's 60th Anniversary Celebration 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The 37th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Transformers - The Movie 1986 (Movie)

of Ultra Magnus (Voice)

Big Trouble 1985 (Movie)

Winslow (Actor)

Hollywood Wives 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

George Washington 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Uncommon Valor 1983 (Movie)

Hugh MacGregor (Actor)

Police Squad! 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Strike Force 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Airplane! 1980 (Movie)

Rex Kramer (Actor)

Undercover With the KKK 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Narrator

1941 1979 (Movie)

General Stilwell (Actor)

Most Wanted 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Un Second Souffle 1977 (Movie)

Francois Davis (Actor)

Most Wanted 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The Honorable Sam Houston 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

The Name of the Game 1968 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Storia di una Donna 1969 (Movie)

David Frasier (Actor)

Action Man 1967 (Movie)

Jim Beckley (Actor)

Is Paris Burning? 1966 (Movie)

Sibert (Actor)

The Untouchables 1959 - 1963 (TV Show)

Actor

The Caretakers 1962 (Movie)

Dr Donovan MacLeod (Actor)

The Last Voyage 1960 (Movie)

Cliff Henderson (Actor)

The Untouchables 1958 - 1959 (TV Show)

Actor

John Paul Jones 1958 (Movie)

John Paul Jones (Actor)

The Gift of Love 1958 (Movie)

Bill Beck (Actor)

The Tarnished Angels 1957 (Movie)

Roger Shumann (Actor)

Great Day in the Morning 1956 (Movie)

Owen Pentecost (Actor)

Written on the Wind 1956 (Movie)

Kyle Hadley (Actor)

Good Morning, Miss Dove 1955 (Movie)

Tom Baker (Actor)

House of Bamboo 1955 (Movie)

Eddie Spanier (Actor)

The High and the Mighty 1954 (Movie)

Sullivan (Actor)

The Iron Glove 1954 (Movie)

Charles Wogan (Actor)

Hollywood Opening Night 1950 - 1953 (TV Show)

Actor

Bullfighter and the Lady 1950 (Movie)

(Actor)

To Be or Not to Be 1941 (Movie)

Lt. Stanislav Sobinski (Actor)

First Love 1938 (Movie)

Ted Drake (Actor)

A Date with Judy (Movie)

Stephen Andrews (Actor)

Adventures of the Queen (TV Show)

Actor

Bwana Devil (Movie)

Bob Hayward (Actor)

Fighter Squadron (Movie)

Capt. Stu Hamilton (Actor)

It's a Great Life (TV Show)

Actor

Midas Valley (TV Show)

Actor

Miss Tatlock's Millions (Movie)

Nickey Van Alen (Actor)

Mr. Music (Movie)

Jefferson Blake (Actor)

Murder on Flight 502 (TV Show)

Actor

My Outlaw Brother (Movie)

Patrick O'More (Actor)

Nice Girl? (Movie)

Donald Winthrop Webb (Actor)

Nightmare (Movie)

(Actor)

Proudly We Hail (Movie)

(Actor)

Sealed With a Kiss (TV Show)

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Seek and Destroy (TV Show)

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The Mortal Storm (Movie)

Otto von Rohn (Actor)

The Power (Movie)

(Actor)

The Return of Eliot Ness (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Tall, masculine, and blessed with a matinee idol's baritone voice, Robert Stack certainly looked every inch the movie star, but he actually found his greatest fame on television. His iron jaw and terse delivery made him the ideal crime fighter to tackle the worst gangsters of the Jazz Age on "The Untouchables" (ABC, 1959-1963). That air of moral inflexibility still carried freight almost 30 years later, when he hosted "Unsolved Mysteries" (NBC/CBS, 1987-2002). Prior to and between those two series, he co-starred in a number of popular films, earned an Academy Award nomination, and even got a few chances to poke fun at his rigid on-screen persona in several comedies and animated series.

Relationships

James Langford Stack Sr

Father

Elizabeth Modini Stack

Mother

James Langford Stack Sr

Brother

Richard Bonelli

Uncle

Mona Bonelli

Aunt
died on March 13, 1998 at age 95

Rosemarie Bowe

Wife
married January 23, 1956

Taran Killam Actor

Great-Nephew

Elizabeth Stack

Daughter
born 1957

Charles Stack

Son
born 1958

EDUCATION

Henry Duffy School of Theater

studied six months, then signed with Universal

University of Southern California

Los Angeles , California 1937 - 1938

studied in Paris from age 5-11

Milestones

1998

Resumed hosting duties of "Unsolved Mysteries" when it switched networks to CBS

1991

Reprised most famous role in the NBC TV-movie "The Return of Eliot Ness"

1990

Last on camera feature role (to date) "Joe Versus the Volcano"

1985

Co-starred in teh ABC miniseries "Hollywood Wives"

1980

Demonstrated comic flair in the spoof "Airplane!"

1975

Played title role in "The Honorable Sam Houston" (ABC)

1968

Again played detective investigating the case in an ABC remake of "Laura"

1959

Co-produced and starred as Eliot Ness in the ABC crime drama "The Untouchables"; won Best Actor Emmy in 1960

1959

Had title role in the biopic "John Paul Jones"

1959

Formed Langford Productions

1957

Co-starred in the SIrk-directed "The Tarnished Angels"

1956

Received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for "Written on the Wind", directed by Douglas Sirk

1955

Played the destective investigating the case in a TV version of "Laura" (CBS)

1954

Delivered a strong supporting turn as a pilot in "The High and the Mighty"

1951

Had leading role in "The Bullfighter and the Lady"

1941

Appeared as a Polish flying ace in "To Be or Not To Be"

1939

Screen debut, "First Love", in which he gave screen star Deanna Durbin her first screen kiss

Returned to series TV in "Most Wanted" (ABC)

Served as host for "Unsolved Mysteries" (NBC); began as occasional specials before becoming a weekly series

Played the lead in the ABC series "Strike Force"

TV debut on live programs: "Lux Video Theatre", "Ford Theatre", "Producers Showcase" during the early 1950s

National skeet champion at age 16; member of all-American team

Film career interrupted during WWII when he served with US Air Force

Starred in the NBC crime drama "The Name of the Game"

Bonus Trivia

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He was inducted into the National Skeet Shooting Hall of Fame in 1971.

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