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Born Charles Langford Modini Stack in Los Angeles on Jan. 13, 1919, to a mother with Hollywood connections, Robert Stack spent part of his childhood under the collective wing of stars turned surrogate mothers and fathers, including Carole Lombard, Clark Gable and Spencer Tracy.

He made his film debut in First Love (1939), giving actress-singer Deanna Durbin her first on-screen kiss, and he later earned an Oscar nomination for his performance in Written on the Wind (1956). But Stack found his greatest success on television, first portraying famed crime fighter Eliot Ness in "The Untouchables" (1959-63), then helping to bring down real criminals as host of the Emmy-nominated series "Unsolved Mysteries" (1987-2002).

The actor also poked fun at his serious on-screen persona in comedies such as Airplane! (1980), Caddyshack 2 (1988) and Joe Versus the Volcano (1990). He died May 14, 2003.

Robert Stack in Airplane!

Airplane!

1980 PG

In this classic, joke-a-second parody of disaster movies, traumatized former combat pilot Ted Striker, an airplane passenger, is forced to land the plane when food poisoning strikes the crew and there's no one else on board who can do the job.

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  • Robert Stack in The High and the Mighty The High and the Mighty
  • Robert Stack in Transformers: The Movie Transformers: The Movie
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  • Robert Stack in House of Bamboo House of Bamboo
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  • Robert Stack in Murder on Flight 502 Murder on Flight 502
  • Robert Stack in Big Trouble Big Trouble
  • Robert Stack in Lights Out! and Other Supernatural Tales Lights Out! and Other Supernatural Tales
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  • Robert Stack in Unsolved Mysteries: Ghosts Unsolved Mysteries: Ghosts
  • Robert Stack in Killer Bud Killer Bud
  • Robert Stack in Butt-Ugly Martians: Best of the Bad Guys Butt-Ugly Martians: Best of the Bad Guys
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