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Lionel Stander
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    (January 11, 1908-November 30, 1994)
    Born in The Bronx, New York
    Portrayed Max in the TV series 'Hart to Hart' (1979-84)
    Appeared in the films 'The Scoundrel' (1935), 'Mr. Deeds Goes to Town' (1936), 'A Star Is Born' (1937), 'Guadalcanal Diary' (1943), 'Call Northside 777' (1948), 'Two Gals and a Guy' (1951), 'The Loved One' (1965), 'Cul-de-Sac' (1966), 'Once Upon a Time in the West' (1968), 'The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight' (1971), 'New York, New York' (1977), '1941' (1979), 'The Transformers: The Movie' (voice only, 1986) and 'The Last Good Time' (1994)
    He had a voice like a foghorn.
    Although he denied being a Communist, he was identified as one by several actors, such as Melvyn Douglas, who claimed Stander tried to recruit him into the party.
    He said about 'Hart to Hart,' 'I'm on a television program that's shown in 67 countries, helping lobotomize the world.'
    He was married six times and divorced five.
    He said, 'I don't hate anybody. I do despise a lot of people though.'
    In the 1930s, he was reportedly the highest-paid character actor in Hollywood.
    He served in the US Army Air Forces during World War II.
    He was blacklisted from Hollywood over his politics.
    He said about his appearance before the House Un-American Activities Committee, 'I wanted to name names: The people in Georgia who had burnt crosses in front of a Negro's house, the names of people who had ransacked Jewish cemeteries, but the Committee wasn't interested in hearing about those un-American activities.'
    He won a Golden Globe for his performance in 'Hart to Hart.'

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