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Subject: Actor Stephen Elliott was born 100 years ago today (died 2005)


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Date Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 03:04:58pm
In reply to: Other birthdays, Nov. 27- 's message, "Writer Gail Sheehy is 81 today" on Tuesday, November 27, 11:05:19am

Elliott Pershing Stitzel (November 27, 1918 May 21, 2005), better known by his stage name Stephen Elliott, was an American actor. His best known roles were that of the prospective father-in-law, Burt Johnson, in the hit 1981 film Arthur and as Chief Hubbard in the 1984 blockbuster Beverly Hills Cop.


Career

Theatre

From 1940 to 1942, Elliott studied acting with Sanford Meisner at New York's Neighborhood Playhouse.[1] After serving in World War II with the United States Merchant Marine, he started a successful career on Broadway with his debut in Shakespeare's The Tempest; two years later, Elliott was selected by Robert Lewis to be one of The Actors Studio's founding members.

In 1967, Elliott was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for Marat/Sade. Two years later, he won the Drama Desk Award for A Whistle in the Dark. Additional Broadway credits include King Lear, The Miser, Georgy, The Crucible, and The Creation of the World and Other Business.

Television

Elliott's television credits include the role of Jane Wyman's first husband in Falcon Crest, General Padget in Columbo, Harold W. Smith in the 1988 television adaptation of Remo Williams, Texan millionaire attorney Scotty Demarest in Dallas, and Judge Harold Aldrich in Chicago Hope. He also appeared in the "Murder! Murder!" episode of The Eddie Capra Mysteries. In 1981 he had a short role as the newspapermagnate Randolph Hearst in the tv-serial "Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years".

Radio

In 1981, Elliott played the role of Bail Organa, father of Princess Leia, in the radio drama adaptation of Star Wars.

Personal life

Elliott was born Elliott Pershing Stitzel in New York City. His marriage to Barbara Blaise was terminated by divorce in February 1947, according to The Kingston Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY), 4 October 1947, page 3. He married stage actress Nancy Chase on 9 October 1947 (Billboard, 18 October 1947, p. 47) and divorced in 1960. They had two children, Jency and Jon. He married his third wife, actress Alice Hirson whom he met on Broadway in 1964, but were not married until 1980. He died in 2005 in Woodland Hills, California as result of congestive heart failure. Both Elliott and Hirson appeared in recurring roles on the television series Dallas.

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Athlete Dick Poole is 88, writer Jacques Godbout is 85, historian Gordon S. Wood is 85, mathematician Gilbert Strang is 84, biologist John Ashworth is 80 (NT).Tuesday, November 27, 03:08:34pm
Stephen Elliott likely best remembered as Dudley Moore's would-be son-in-law in 1981's "ARTHUR" and its sequel. ...PHOTOThursday, November 29, 11:03:32am


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