Robert Stack

Robert Stack


1/13/1919, Los Angeles, California, USA



Birth Name

Robert Langford Modini Stack


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On January 13, 1919, Robert Stack was born in Los Angeles, California. However, he spent his early childhood growing up in Europe. Stack took drama courses at the University of Southern California. He entered Hollywood at the age of 20. During World War II, Stack served as gunnery…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Robert did the voice-over at the end of Miller Lite commercials in the 70s and 80s.

    • Robert met the real life Mrs. Eliot Ness when his biography was presented on This Is Your Life in 1960. She praised his portrayal of her late husband, Eliot Ness.

    • Robert was raised by his mother. His parents divorced when Stack was one, and his father died when Stack was nine.

    • Robert spent his early childhood growing up in Europe. He became fluent in French and Italian at an early age.

    • Robert is a veteran of WW2. He was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, American Campaign Medal, Expert Rifle Ribbon, and Expert Pistol Ribbon.

    • Robert's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is located at 7001 Hollywood Boulevard.

    • Robert took drama courses at the University of Southern California.

    • Robert was an avid polo player and rifle shooter. He was especially good at shooting. He set two world records and became National Champion of skeet shooting. In 1971, he was inducted into the National Skeet Shooting Hall of Fame.

    • In 2001, Robert was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award.

    • In 1959, Robert won an Emmy for outstanding performance by an actor in a series for his role in The Untouchables.

    • Robert's autobiography, Straight Shooting, was published in 1979.

    • Robert was born into a performing arts family. His great-great-grandfather opened one of LA's first theaters and his grandparents, uncle and mother were opera singers.

    • Robert was put to rest in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery.

    • Robert was friends with president Ronald Reagan, and made contributions to Reagan's presidential campaigns.

    • Robert was diagnosed with prostate cancer the year before his death.

    • Robert's daughter is actress Elizabeth Stack.

    • Robert Stack was the original choice to play Rex Kramer in Airplane!.

    • Robert Stack was one of only two cast members for the Desilu Playhouse movie "The Scarface Mob" to reprise their roles in the subsequent series, The Untouchables. The other was Abel Fernández as William Youngfellow.

    • While hosting Unsolved Mysteries, Robert appeared in a public service announcement about drinking while driving for NBC's The More You Know.

    • Robert's widow is Rosemarie Stack. The couple was married on January 23, 1956. They have two children.

    • Robert's trade marks were his trench coat, as seen on Unsolved Mysteries, and his gruff voice.

    • Robert Stack is 6'.

  • Quotes

    • Robert Stack: I am very pro law enforcement.

    • Robert Stack: Someone once accused me of being like Eliot Ness. I sad no sir, I'm not Eliot Ness, but I can promise you that I'm not Al Capone!

    • Robert Stack: (About his father) [He] was the only Irishman in County Kerry who couldn't sing, and that's whose singing voice I got.

    • Robert Stack: When I was a kid, I was good. I had not brains but I could shoot a shotgun!

    • Robert Stack: I got an Academy Award nomination [for Written on the Wind] for a part in which I'd played a maniac, and chewed the scenery, and beat up my wife, and tried to kill my best friend, and all of that. It was "over the top," if anything. And to go from that, to be criticized for being "The Great Stone Face"...somehow, it doesn't fit!

    • Robert Stack: Well I come from a military family. Whether it's the country or city, I never liked the bad guy. I never put my arms around John Gotti, Al Capone or Lucky Luciano. For me very simply they were the bad guys. And when I did The Untouchables, I told them going in, if you try apologizing for any of these crumb bums, get someone else to play the part.

    • Robert Stack: If you're a star you go through the front door carrying the roses, instead of through the back door carrying the garbage.

  • Scary as hell, but cool anyways!

    I don't know much about Robert Stack unlike the other guy, but i can describe him some. I never watched Unsolved Mysteries when it was on the air, but now whenever I'm home from school, I'll tune in to watch it. Robert Stack is one of the scariest guys I've ever seen, plain and simple. He NEVER makes a full smile, and when he does smile, it's like a half-contorted/upper lip smile that also freaks me out. Even on something happy, like a lost relative finding their family or a lost child being found, he still rarely smiles! Even though this guy scares te holy hell out of me, I still think he is one of the best TV host of all time.moreless
  • Mr. Untouchable

    Robert Stack had a career in Hollywood that spanned over 60 years. He appeared in movies with everyone from Carole Lombard to Chevy Chase but it was television where Stack left his greatest mark. After appearing in classic films such as Written on the Wind and High and the Mighty, Stack saw his career experience a slump in the late 1950's. That's why he decided to accept a role in a two-part episode of Desilu Playhouse entitled The Untouchables. Stack was a last minute replacement for Van Johnson who had accepted and then turned down the role of Eliot Ness, the leader of a small band of incorruptible Federal agents who helped bring down the criminal empire of Al Capone.

    It was the role of Eliot Ness that defined and cemented Stack's career. The Untouchables was a sensation and Stack became a bigger star on television than he had ever been in the movies. For four years Ness and his Untouchables did battle with the likes of Frank Nitti, Al Capone, Dutch Schultz, Wally Legenza, and others. The villains quite often dominated the episodes but Stack was the glue which held The Untouchables together.

    Growing tired of the grind of a weekly series, Stack bowed out of the show after four seasons. Unfortunately, he was unable for the most part to resume his movie career. The Untouchables had type cast him as the hard-nosed, incorruptible, and heroic crimefighter. Most of his subsequent roles were some variation or another of his Eliot Ness personna but he kept working almost up until the day he died. Stack's later years were spent as the host/narrator of Unsolved Mysteries and doing voiceover work in the likes of Beavis and Butthead. At the time of his death in May of 2003, Stack was one of the most respected and beloved stars in all of Hollywood. We shall not see his like again for a long time.moreless