Paul Stewart

BirthDay:

13 Mar 1908

BirthPlace:

New York City, New York, USA

BirthName:

Paul Sternberg

Bio:

Esteemed character actor Paul Stewart had a pair of the coldest orbs in town and made his living for decades playing dark, callous, shiftless villains, including a vast number of mobsters. Not a well-known name per se, he was nevertheless a reliable actor who seemed to have been born for the film noir and gangland crime drama genre with his premature silvery hair, dark thick brows and probing, deep-set eyes, all accentuated by a tough and penetrating Brooklyn accent.

Born in New York City on March 13, 1908, Stewart developed an interest for acting in his teens, making his Broadway debut with "Two Seconds" in 1931, following graduation from Columbia University. He had played a few more stage roles in New York when he met and made an impression on Orson Welles. As a result he became a founding member of the Mercury Theatre and a founding member of AFTRA when it was just a radio union. Stewart's tough, guttural voice became a familiar sound on the 1930s airwaves and he was among the cast in the infamous Welles broadcast "The War of the Worlds." He married band singer/actress Peg La Centra (1910-1996) in 1939 and over the years they appeared together on many radio programs. She also provided singing voices for such stars as Susan Hayward on celluloid. Welles next put Stewart in his films, with the classic Citizen Kane (1941) as Raymond, Kane's wily valet, and Stewart found himself in demand as an untrustworthy character player. He essayed a number of stark, sinister types to perfection, with roles in such films as Johnny Eager (1941), Mr. Lucky (1943), Champion (1949), Illegal Entry (1949), Twelve O'Clock High (1949), Carbine Williams (1952), The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) and Kiss Me Deadly (1955). On TV he became a regular on a couple of short-lived series -- Top Secret (1954) and The Man Who Never Was (1966). In the 1950s Stewart turned to stage and TV directing as well, helming a number of popular crimers such as Peter Gunn (1958), Michael Shayne (1960), Perry Mason (1957), It Takes a Thief (1968), Hawaii Five-O (1968) and Remington Steele (1982). His voice also fit the bill for cartoons in the 1960s. In 1974 Stewart suffered a heart attack while on location in New Mexico for Bite the Bullet (1975), but he returned sporadically to films, including the role of impresario Florenz Ziegfeld in W.C. Fields and Me (1976). He suffered a second and fatal heart attack in 1986 at age 77.
Filmography

Actor ( 109 credits )

MacGyver (1985)  Dr. Carl Steubens (1 episode, 1985)
Tempest (1982) Phillip's Father
Remington Steele (1982)  Joseph Barber (1 episode, 1983)
S.O.B. (1981) Harry Sandler
Nobody's Perfekt (1981) Dr. Segal
Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978) Julio Scallini
Opening Night (1977) David Samuels
Lou Grant (1977)  Kenneth Homes (1 episode, 1979)
W.C. Fields and Me (1976) Florenz Ziegfeld
Bert D'Angelo/Superstar (1976) (1 episode, 1976)
Bite the Bullet (1975) J.B. Parker (uncredited)
Murph the Surf (1975) Avery
The Day of the Locust (1975) Helverston
Ellery Queen (1975)  Thornton Johns (1 episode, 1975)
The Invisible Man (1975)  Mr. Wood (1 episode, 1975)
Matt Helm (1975)  Joe Delphia (1 episode, 1975)
Caribe (1975)  Isaac Kellerman (1 episode, 1975)
The Rockford Files (1974)  Julius 'Buddy' Richards (1 episode, 1977)
F for Fake (1973) Himself - Special Participant
Fabulous Trinity (1972) Charles
The Streets of San Francisco (1972)  Nick Lugo (1 episode, 1975)
The Sixth Sense (1972)  Dr. Adamson (1 episode, 1972)
Columbo (1971)  Clifford Paris (1 episode, 1973)
McMillan & Wife (1971)  Chief Andy Yeakel (2 episodes, 1971)
Cannon (1971)  Lester Cain / ... (2 episodes, 1974-1975)
Men at Law (1970)  Alvin Greener (1 episode, 1970)
The Bold Ones: The Senator (1970)  Gen. Harry Collins (2 episodes, 1970)
How to Commit Marriage (1969) Willoughby
Medical Center (1969)  Dr. Holmby (1 episode, 1971)
The Governor & J.J. (1969)  Dr. Ed Graham (1 episode, 1970)
The Survivors (1969)  Ankrum (1 episode, 1969)
The Young Lawyers (1969) (1 episode, 1971)
My Friend Tony (1969) (1 episode, 1969)
Jigsaw (1968) Simon Joshua
Mod Squad (1968)  Scooter Stiles (1 episode, 1970)
Hawaii Five-O (1968)  Willard Lennox (1 episode, 1971)
It Takes a Thief (1968)  Burkhardt (1 episode, 1970)
The Doris Day Show (1968)  George Cantrell (1 episode, 1973)
The Name of the Game (1968)  Assistant District Attorney / ... (4 episodes, 1969-19
The Outsider (1968)  Julius Ainsworth (1 episode, 1969)
In Cold Blood (1967) Jensen
Mannix (1967)  Andre Korvak / ... (3 episodes, 1968-1970)
Ironside (1967)  Ben Hopkins / ... (2 episodes, 1969-1971)
Moby Dick and the Mighty Mightor (1967)  Mightor (voice)
Accidental Family (1967)  Gray (1 episode, 1968)
Mission: Impossible (1966)  Jonas Stone (1 episode, 1969)
T.H.E. Cat (1966)  Constantine Vlakhos (1 episode, 1966)
The Man Who Never Was (1966)  Paul Grant (3 episodes, 1966)
The Super 6 (1966)  Elevator Man (voice)
The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) Questor
The F.B.I. (1965)  Reese (1 episode, 1973)
Profiles in Courage (1964) (1 episode, 1965)
A Child Is Waiting (1963) Goodman
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1963)  Alfred Montrose (1 episode, 1964)
Breaking Point (1963)  Paul Duval (1 episode, 1963)
Dr. Kildare (1961)  Dr. Guiseppe Muretelli (3 episodes, 1964)
Cain's Hundred (1961)  Alexander Marish (1 episode, 1961)
The Asphalt Jungle (1961)  Alex Meriden (1 episode, 1961)
Beyond All Limits (1959) Pendergrest
Johnny Staccato (1959)  Joe Alieto (1 episode, 1960)
Deadline (1959)  Host / ... (31 episodes, 1959-1961)
King Creole (1958) Charlie LeGrand
Top Secret Affair (1957) Phil Bentley
Perry Mason (1957)  Cameron Burgess / ... (2 episodes, 1964-1966)
Wagon Train (1957)  Jim Bannon (1 episode, 1965)
Panic! (1957)  Stephen Chase (1 episode, 1958)
Alcoa Theatre (1957)  Don Peters (1 episode, 1958)
The Wild Party (1956) Ben Davis
Playhouse 90 (1956)  Martin Hoeffer (1 episode, 1956)
The Joseph Cotten Show: On Trial (1956)  Mr. Bari (1 episode, 1957)
1955 Motion Picture Theatre Celebration (1955) Himself (uncredited)
The Cobweb (1955) Dr. Otto Wolff
Kiss Me Deadly (1955) Carl Evello
Hell on Frisco Bay (1955) Joe Lye
Chicago Syndicate (1955) Arnold 'Arnie' Valent
Gunsmoke (1955)  Sanders (1 episode, 1970)
Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955)  Vincent Noonan (1 episode, 1960)
TV Reader's Digest (1955)  Franz Kindler / ... (2 episodes, 1955-1956)
Deep in My Heart (1954) Bert Townsend
Prisoner of War (1954) Capt. Jack Hodges
Climax! (1954)  Dave Hennessey / ... (2 episodes, 1957)
Inner Sanctum (1954)  Harry / ... (3 episodes, 1954)
Top Secret (1954)  Prof. Brand (1 episode, 1954)
The Joe Louis Story (1953) Tad McGeehan
The Juggler (1953) Detective Karni
The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) Syd
We're Not Married! (1952) Attorney Stone
Loan Shark (1952) Lou Donelli
Deadline - U.S.A. (1952) Harry Thompson
Carbine Williams (1952) 'Dutch' Kruger
Appointment with Danger (1951) Earl Boettiger
Faith Baldwin Romance Theatre (1951) (1 episode, 1951)
Walk Softly, Stranger (1950) Whitey Lake
Edge of Doom (1950) Mr. Craig
The Prudential Family Playhouse (1950)  Max Wharton (1 episode, 1950)
Twelve O'Clock High (1949) Capt. 'Doc' Kaiser
Easy Living (1949) Dave Argus
Illegal Entry (1949) Zack Richards
Champion (1949) Haley
The Window (1949) Joe Kellerson
Suspense (1949)  Sam Cragg (1 episode, 1950)
Berlin Express (1948) Narrator (uncredited)
The Ford Theatre Hour (1948)  Paul Lawton (1 episode, 1949)
Lights Out (1946) (1 episode, 1951)
Government Girl (1943) Branch Owens
Mr. Lucky (1943) Zepp
Johnny Eager (1941) Julio
Citizen Kane (1941) Raymond
Ever Since Eve (1937) Coctail Customer (uncredited)

Producer ( 1 credit )

Michael Shayne (1960) associate producer (9 episodes, 1960-1961)

Director ( 18 credits )

Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1963) (1 episode, 1964)
The Doctors and the Nurses (1962) (1 episode, 1962)
Going My Way (1962) (2 episodes, 1963)
The Defenders (1961) (1 episode, 1963)
87th Precinct (1961) (1 episode, 1961)
Checkmate (1960) (6 episodes, 1961-1962)
Michael Shayne (1960) (8 episodes, 1960-1961)
Twilight Zone (1959) (1 episode, 1962)
Hawaiian Eye (1959) (4 episodes, 1959-1960)
Philip Marlowe (1959) (1 episode, 1960)
Peter Gunn (1958) (1 episode, 1958)
Lawman (1958) (1 episode, 1959)
Half Hour to Kill (1958) (1958)
M Squad (1957) (5 episodes, 1960)
The Adventures of McGraw (1957) (1 episode, 1957)
Warner Brothers Presents (1955) (2 episodes, 1956)
Kings Row (1955) (3 episodes, 1955)
Top Secret (1954) (1 episode, 1954)