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.
This 1942 comedy manages to eke out barrels of laughs from a contentious time in history, World War II. Joseph Tura (Jack Benny) leads a ragtag band of actors in Poland who come to the aid of an American soldier (Robert Stack) who needs help carrying out his work in the Resistance efforts. But it turns out that Tura's wife (Carole Lombard) is having an affair with the military man, which severely undercuts Tura's sympathies for the soldier.
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