Actions
Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Standers in:
 • Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale)
 • Glendale
 • Los Angeles County
 • California
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Community Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Advertisement

Changes are coming to Find A Grave. See a preview now.

Lionel Stander
Birth: Jan. 11, 1908
Bronx
Bronx County
New York, USA
Death: Nov. 30, 1994
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Actor. He is remembered in a number of roles of gruff, harsh voiced tough hoodlums, or lovable gruff guys who act tough but have a heart of gold in movies and television shows. He is, perhaps, best remembered for his role of Max, in television's detective show "Hart to Hart" (1979-1984), playing the housekeeper-bodyguard to Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers. Born in the Bronx borough of New York City, he initially attended the University of North Carolina, but after making his stage debut there, he left after one year to make a career in acting. He began on the stage, but his gravelly voice made him a natural for radio plays. He made his movie debut in "Salt Water Daffy" (1933) with Jack Haley. He would go on to make a number of two reel comedy films with Vitaphone Studio in New York City, before moving to Hollywood in 1935. He was married six times, the last to Stephanie Van Hennick and his longest marriage, which lasted twenty-three years until his death. He had six children, usually one child with each wife. During the early 1950s amid the Red Scare, he was blacklisted for ten years when the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) discovered that he was a member of the American Communist Party. He would claim that he joined the Communist Party to make himself more attractive to women, but in testimony from others before the HUAC hearings, he was reported as trying to recruit other liberal minded actors to join the Party. John H. Lawson, a Hollywood screenwriter who also served as the Communist Party's Hollywood commissar identified Stander as a model of a committed communist who helped the Party in the class struggle. In the movie, "No Time to Marry" (1938), Stander even whistled a few bars of the "Internationale" (Communist theme song) in a scene. During the late 1930s, he was also active in the Popular Front, a group of left wing organizations dedicated to fighting fascism overseas, but was also widely supported by the Russian Communist Party. Stander was in strong support of the Russian version of Marxism and was known for spending many evenings with friends discussing the merits of Stalin's form of Communism. In 1940, he was identified by the Congressional Dies Commission (headed by Texas congressman Martin Dies) as a communist, and following his testimony, he was fired from Republic Studios. Despite being fired, he continued to work in films, including "Hangmen also Die" (1943), and other anti-Nazi war films made during and after World War II. After being blacklisted in the 1950s, Standers worked as a stockbroker on Wall Street, yet continued to act on the stage. He obtained a new start in films beginning with "Promise Her Anything" (1965) and "Cul-de-Sac" (1966). He would later reprise his role of Max from the television series "Hart to Hart" in a series of made for television "Hart to Hart" movies in the early 1990s, shortly before his death. Stander died of lung cancer in Los Angeles, California at the age of 86. (bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) 
 
Burial:
Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale)
Glendale
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: Garden of Honor, crypt 7246
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Nov 29, 1998
Find A Grave Memorial# 4085
Lionel Stander
Added by: John Gibbs
 
Lionel Stander
Added by: A.J.
 
Lionel Stander
Added by: A.J.
 
There is 1 more photo not showing...
Click here to view all images...
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.

Enjoying hart to hart your final tributeNever knew you where a commie wow
- The Bronx
 Added: May. 6, 2017
Rest In Peace
- Stasia K
 Added: Mar. 30, 2017

-Anonymous
 Added: Jan. 15, 2017
There are 434 more notes not showing...
Click here to view all notes...
Do you have a photo to add? Click here
How famous was this person?
Current ranking for this person: (4.3 after 131 votes)
 

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service