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  • 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.