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Robert Stack
Birth: Jan. 13, 1919
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Death: May 14, 2003
Beverly Hills
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Actor. Born in Los Angeles, California to James Langford Stack and Elizabeth Modini Wood Stack. His parents divorced when he was one year old, and his mother took him to Europe when he was 3, he couldn't speak English until he was 6. Robert spoke fluent Italian and French, but had to learn English when they returned to Los Angeles. His parents remarried in 1928. He was a National skeet champion at age 16 and a member of the all-American team. He took drama courses at the University of Southern California. When he visited the set of Universal Studios at age 20, producer Joe Pasternak offered him an opportunity to enter the business. Stack's first film teamed him with popular starlet Deanna Durbin. He was the first actor to give Durbin an on screen kiss. During World War II, Stack served as gunnery instructor in the United States Navy. He continued his movie career and appeared in such films as "Fighter Squadron" (1948), "A Date With Judy" (1948) and "The Bullfighter And The Lady"(1951). In 1954, Stack was given his most important movie role. He appeared opposite John Wayne in "The High and the Mighty". In 1957, he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for "Written on the Wind". He starred in more than 40 films, His early television career included appearances on live programs like, "Lux Video Theatre", "Ford Theatre", and "Producers Showcase" during the early 1950s Robert married Rosemarie Bowe January 23, 1956, and they had 2 children, Elizabeth and Charlie. In 1959 he co-produced and starred as Eliot Ness in the ABC crime drama "The Untouchables" and won the Best Actor Emmy in 1960. He surprised everyone with his flair for comedies in movies like "1941" (1979) and "Airplane!"(1980). Later TV audiences would come to know him from his hosting duties on TV's "Unsolved Mysteries" which debuted in 1988. Stack had undergone radiation therapy for prostate cancer in October 2002. He died of heart failure at his home in Los Angeles at age 84. (bio by: Jane Stacy Eubanks) 
Family links: 
  James Langford Stack (1873 - 1928)
  Elizabeth Marie Wood Stack (____ - 1975)
  James Langford Stack (1916 - 2006)*
  Robert Stack (1919 - 2003)
*Calculated relationship

Cause of death: Heart attack 

Westwood Memorial Park
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: Room of Prayer
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Russ
Record added: May 15, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7444285
Robert Stack
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Happy Angel Day Blessings on this your "14th" anniversary of your passing. You were a great actor. RIP dear Robert....always....
- Rosie
 Added: May. 15, 2017

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