Born: 11 January 1908, The Bronx, New York, USA
Lionel Stander is best know to many as Max the Bulter in the long running TV series 'Hart to Hart'.
Long before this, however, he had an early film career as a supporting actor in movies such as 'Mr. Deeds Goes to Town' and 'A Star Is Born' but became blacklisted in Hollywood during the communist witchhunts of the 1940's due to his left-wing views.
After appearing in Roman Polanski's 'Cul-de-Sac' (1966) he became a cult figure in Europe. He is cast as the barman in the wayside tavern in Sergio Leone's 'Once Upon a Time in the West'. With hopes that this would rekindle his career in the USA, it is ironic that that the scene was cut from American prints to reduce running time, and he appears only as a name in the titles.
He was accepted back in Hollywood in the early seventies, showing a resilience that few other blacklisted actors possessed.Spaghetti credentials:
Beyond the Law (1968)
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
Boot Hill (1969)
Miss Dynamite (1972)
Sting of the West (1972)
Halleluja to Vera Cruz (1973)
Red Coat (1975)
Who's Afraid of Zorro? (1975)