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Robert Stack

Robert Langford Modini Stack was a multilingual American actor and television host. In addition to acting in more than 40 films, he also appeared on the television series The Untouchables and later served as the host of Unsolved Mysteries. Born in Los Angeles, California, Stack spent his early childhood growing up in Europe.  Becoming fluent in French and Italian at an early age, and he did not learn English until returning to Los Angeles.  Stack achieved minor fame in sporting, winning multiple championships including setting two world records and winning multiple honors in skeet shooting Stack studied drama at Bridgewater State College, earning his first hollywood role at the age of 20 and continuing to star in numerous roles throughout the early 1940s. After serving in the military, Stack returned to Hollywood to star in numerous films including stand out roles in The High and the Mighty (opposite John Wayne) and Written on the Wind (1957), for which he was awarded an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Stack later moved on to televised dramatic series, depicting the crime-fighting Eliot Ness in The Untouchables (1959–1963), which earned him a best actor Emmy Award in 1960. Stack also starred in multiple drama series, before returning to film, this time in comedies to satirize his famed stoic and humorless demeanor. He began hosting Unsolved Mysteries in 1987, and served as the show's host throughout it's entire original run from 1987 to 2002.

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Jan 13, 1919 In Los Angeles, California, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie First Love 1939-11-10
Latest Project:
Movie The Untouchables: The Rusty Heller Story 2022
Known For
Poster of Unsolved Mysteries Volume 1: UFOs
Poster of Recess: School's Out
Poster of The Transformers: The Movie
Poster of Uncommon Valor
Movie The Untouchables: The Rusty Heller Story Eliot Ness 2022
Movie Unsolved Mysteries Volume 1: UFOs Host 2004-09-07
Series Butt-Ugly Martians Stoat Muldoon (voice) 2001-01-01
Movie Recess: School's Out Superintendent (voice) 2001-01-27
Movie Killer Bud The Gooch 2001-06-17
Movie Lana Turner... a Daughter's Memoir Self 2001-10-01
Movie Sealed with a Kiss Sumner Ethridge 1999-09-19
Movie Mumford Himself 1999-09-24
Movie BASEketball Robert Stack 1998-07-28
Series Hercules Bob (voice) 1998-08-31
Movie Beavis and Butt-Head Do America ATF Agent Flemming (voice) 1996-12-15
Series Blossom Unknown 1990-07-05
Movie Joe Versus the Volcano Dr. Ellison 1990-03-09
Movie Plain Clothes Mr. Gardner 1988-04-15
Movie Dangerous Curves Louis Faciano 1988-09-23
Movie Caddyshack II Chandler Young 1988-07-22
Series Unsolved Mysteries Host 1987-01-20
Movie Perry Mason: The Case of the Sinister Spirit Jordan White 1987-05-24
Movie The Transformers: The Movie Ultra Magnus 1986-08-08
Movie Big Trouble Winslow 1986-05-30
Series Hollywood Wives George Lancaster 1985-02-17
Series George Washington General Stark 1984-04-08
Series Murder, She Wrote Unknown 1984-09-30
Series Brothers Unknown 1984-07-13
Movie Uncommon Valor MacGregor 1983-12-16
Series Hotel Unknown 1982-08-21
Series Strike Force 1981-11-13
Series Falcon Crest Unknown 1981-12-04
Movie Airplane! Captain Rex Kramer 1980-07-02
Movie The Muppets Go Hollywood Himself 1979-05-16
Movie 1941 Maj. Gen. Joseph W. Stilwell 1979-12-14
Movie Un Second Souffle 1978-09-12
Series Most Wanted Captain Linc Evers 1976-03-21
Movie Adventures of the Queen Capt. James Morgan 1975-02-14
Movie Murder on Flight 502 Captain Larkin 1975-11-21
Movie The Strange and Deadly Occurrence Michael Rhodes 1974-09-24
Series Police Story Unknown 1973-03-20
Movie The Selling Of The Pentagon Self (archive footage) 1971-02-23
Movie Story of a Woman David Frasier 1970-06-10
Movie Laura Mark McPherson 1968-01-24
Series The Name of the Game Dan Farrell 1968-09-20
Movie Action Man Jim Beckley 1967-05-31
Movie The Corrupt Ones Cliff Wilder 1967-01-20
Movie Is Paris Burning? General Sibert 1966-10-26
Movie Hollywood My Home Town 1965-12-31
Movie The Caretakers Dr. Donovan MacLeod 1963-08-21
Series The Merv Griffin Show Self 1962-10-01
Series The Lucy Show Unknown 1962-10-01
Movie The Last Voyage Cliff Henderson 1960-02-19
Movie The Scarface Mob Eliot Ness 1959-04-19
Movie John Paul Jones John Paul Jones 1959-06-16
Series The Untouchables Eliot Ness 1959-10-15
Movie The Gift of Love William 'Bill' Beck 1958-02-11
Movie The Tarnished Angels Roger Shumann 1957-11-21
Movie Panic Button Jerry Cook 1957-11-28
Series Tony Awards Award Accepter 1956-04-01
Movie Great Day in the Morning Owen Pentecost 1956-05-16
Movie Written on the Wind Kyle Hadley 1956-10-04
Movie House of Bamboo Eddie Kenner 1955-07-01
Series The 20th Century Fox Hour Unknown 1955-10-05
Movie Laura Mark Macpherson 1955-10-19
Movie Good Morning Miss Dove Dr Tom Baker 1955-11-23
Movie The Iron Glove Captain Charles Wogan 1954-04-01
Movie The High and the Mighty John Sullivan 1954-07-03
Series The Oscars Himself 1953-03-18
Movie War Paint Lt. Billings 1953-08-28
Movie Conquest of Cochise Maj. Tom Burke 1953-09-01
Movie Sabre Jet Col. Gil Manton 1953-09-04
Movie Bwana Devil Bob Hayward 1952-08-22
Series This Is Your Life Unknown 1952-10-01
Movie Bullfighter and the Lady John Regan 1951-04-26
Movie My Outlaw Brother Patrick O┬┤Moore 1951-08-22
Series Schlitz Playhouse of Stars Unknown 1951-10-05
Series Lux Video Theatre Unknown 1950-10-02
Movie Mr. Music Jeff Blake 1950-12-08
Series Lights Out Unknown 1949-07-19
Movie A Date with Judy Stephen Andrews 1948-07-29
Movie Miss Tatlock's Millions Nickey Van Alen 1948-11-19
Movie Fighter Squadron Capt. Stuart L. Hamilton 1948-11-27
Movie Screen Snapshots (Series 23, No. 1): Hollywood in Uniform Himself 1943-08-15
Movie Eagle Squadron Chuck S. Brewer 1942-06-16
Movie To Be or Not to Be Lieut. Stanislav Sobinski 1942-03-05
Movie Keeping Fit Bob - Factory worker 1942-10-26
Movie Men of Texas Barry Conovan 1942-07-03
Movie Nice Girl? Don Webb 1941-02-21
Movie Badlands Of Dakota Jim Holliday 1941-09-15
Movie The Mortal Storm Otto Von Rohn 1940-06-20
Movie A Little Bit of Heaven Bob Terry 1940-10-10
Movie First Love Ted Drake 1939-11-10