Robert Langford Modini Stack was born January 13, 1919 – died May 14, 2003. Robert was an Emmy Award-winning and Academy Award- nominated American stage and movie actor. He was perhaps best known for his film acting as well as his role in the television series The Untouchables and as host of Unsolved Mysteries. Stack was born in Los Angeles, California but spent his early childhood growing up in Europe. He became fluent in French and Italian at an early age, but he did not learn English until returning to Los Angeles.  Robert Stack was an avid polo player.  He set two world records in skeet shooting and became National Champion. In 1971 he was inducted into the National Skeet Shooting Hall of Fame.  When Stack visited the set of Universal Studios at age 20, producer Joe Pasternak offered him an opportunity to enter the business. Recalled Stack, “He said, ‘How’d you like to be in pictures? We’ll make a test with Helen Parrish, a little love scene.’ Helen Parrish was a beautiful girl. ‘Gee, that sounds keen,’ I told him. I got the part.”  During World War II, Stack served as gunnery instructor in the United States Navy.  In 1954, Stack was given his most important movie role. He appeared opposite John Wayne in The High and the Mighty. Stack played the pilot of an airliner who comes apart under stress after the airliner encounters engine trouble. In 1957, Stack was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Written on the Wind.  He starred in more than 40 films. Known for his steadfast, humorless demeanor, he made fun of his own persona in comedies such as 1941 (1979), Airplane! (1980), Caddyshack II (1988), and BASEketball (1998). 

Stack was married to actress Rosemarie Bowe from 1956 until his death. Stack underwent radiation therapy for prostate cancer in October 2002. He died of heart failure at his home in Los Angeles on May 14, 2003. Stack was the great-uncle of actor Taran Killam. He is interred in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Westwood, California. Original Robert Stack Autograph, signed on 3 x 5 inch Index Card. Regular Price – $ 54.95 / Sale Price – $ 19.95.

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