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Robert Stack

  • Birth 13 Jan 1919 Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Death 14 May 2003 Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Plot Room of Prayer
  • Memorial ID 7444285

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.

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  • Originally Created by: Russ
  • Added: 15 May 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7444285
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Robert Stack (13 Jan 1919–14 May 2003), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7444285, citing Westwood Memorial Park, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated.