Biography

Paul Stewart (March 13, 1908 – February 17, 1986) was an American character actor known for his tough, guttural voice. He frequently portrayed villains and mobsters throughout his lengthy career.

Born Paul Sternberg in New York City, Stewart graduated from Columbia University and made his Broadway theatre debut in the play Two Seconds in 1931. A few years later he met Orson Welles, who invited him to join the Mercury Theatre, where he participated in the notorious 1938 radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds. He was a founding member of AFTRA.

Sternberg's many screen credits include Citizen Kane, Twelve O'Clock High, Champion, Kiss Me Deadly, The Bad and the Beautiful, In Cold Blood, The Day of the Locust, S.O.B., and W.C. Fields and Me, in which he portrayed Florenz Ziegfeld. On television, he appeared in Playhouse 90, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Alcoa Theatre, Dr. Kildare, Wagon Train, Gunsmoke, It Takes a Thief, Mannix, The Name of the Game, McMillan & Wife, Mission Impossible,The Rockford Files, Lou Grant, and Remington Steele, among many others. He also directed some television episodes, among them "Little Girl Lost", from the Twilight Zone.

Stewart was married to big band singer/actress Peg La Centra from 1939 until his death from a heart attack in Los Angeles at age 77. He was characterized in the 1999 television movie RKO 281.

Paul Stewart (March 13, 1908 – February 17, 1986) was an American character actor known for his tough, guttural voice. He frequently portrayed villains and mobsters throughout his lengthy career.

Born Paul Sternberg in New York City, Stewart graduated from Columbia University and made his Broadway theatre debut in the play Two Seconds in 1931. A few years later he met Orson Welles, who invited him to join the Mercury Theatre, where he participated in the notorious 1938 radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds. He was a founding member of AFTRA.

Sternberg's many screen credits include Citizen Kane, Twelve O'Clock High, Champion, Kiss Me Deadly, The Bad and the Beautiful, In Cold Blood, The Day of the Locust, S.O.B., and W.C. Fields and Me, in which he portrayed Florenz Ziegfeld. On television, he appeared in Playhouse 90, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Alcoa Theatre, Dr. Kildare, Wagon Train, Gunsmoke, It Takes a Thief, Mannix, The Name of the Game, McMillan & Wife, Mission Impossible,The Rockford Files, Lou Grant, and Remington Steele, among many others. He also directed some television episodes, among them "Little Girl Lost", from the Twilight Zone.

Stewart was married to big band singer/actress Peg La Centra from 1939 until his death from a heart attack in Los Angeles at age 77. He was characterized in the 1999 television movie RKO 281.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 93

Birthday 1908-03-13

Day of Death 1986-02-17

Place of Birth New York City, New York, USA

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2018 The Other Side of the Wind as Matt Costello
2002 Bliss (1 episode)
1992 Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1 episode)
1985 MacGyver (1 episode)
1982 Remington Steele (1 episode)
1981 S.O.B. as Harry Sandler
1980 Power as Vince Yanelli
1980 The Pilot as 2nd Mechanic
1978 The Nativity as Zacharias
1978 The Dain Curse (3 episodes)
1978 Revenge of the Pink Panther as Julio Scallini
1977 Opening Night as David Samuels
1976 W.C. Fields and Me as Florenz Ziegfeld
1975 Ellery Queen (1 episode)
1975 Murph the Surf as Avery
1975 F for Fake as Himself
1974 The Rockford Files (1 episode) as Julius 'Buddy' Richards
1972 The Streets of San Francisco (1 episode)
1972 The Sixth Sense (1 episode)
1971 McMillan & Wife (2 episodes)
1971 Columbo (1 episode) as Clifford Paris
1971 Cannon (2 episodes)
1971 City Beneath the Sea as Barton
1971 LA 2017 as Dr. Rubias
1968 The Mod Squad (1 episode)
1968 Hawaii Five-O (1 episode)
1968 The Outsider (1 episode)
1967 In Cold Blood as Jensen
1967 Mannix (3 episodes)
1967 Moby Dick and Mighty Mightor (90 episodes)
1967 Mighty Mightor (36 episodes)
1967 Ironside (1 episode)
1966 Mission: Impossible (1 episode)
1966 The Man Who Never Was (18 episodes)
1965 The F.B.I. (1 episode)
1965 The Greatest Story Ever Told as Questor
1964 Profiles in Courage (1 episode)
1963 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1 episode)
1963 Breaking Point (1 episode)
1961 Dr. Kildare (3 episodes)
1961 Cain's Hundred (1 episode)
1961 The Asphalt Jungle (1 episode)
1959 Deadline (1 episode) as Host / Narrator (39 episodes) as Narrator / Host
1959 Johnny Staccato (1 episode)
1959 Beyond All Limits as Pendergrest
1958 King Creole as Charlie LeGrand
1957 Perry Mason (2 episodes)
1957 Panic! (1 episode)
1957 Top Secret Affair as Phil Bentley
1956 The Wild Party as Ben Davis
1955 Hell on Frisco Bay as Joe Lye
1955 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1 episode)
1955 Gunsmoke (1 episode)
1955 Chicago Syndicate as Arnold 'Arnie' Valent
1955 The Cobweb as Dr. Otto Wolff
1955 Kiss Me Deadly as Carl Evello
1954 Climax! (2 episodes)
1954 Prisoner of War as Capt. Jack Hodges
1954 Inner Sanctum (2 episodes)
1953 The Joe Louis Story as Tad McGeehan
1953 The Juggler as Detective Karni
1952 The Bad and the Beautiful as Syd Murphy
1952 We're Not Married! as Attorney Stone
1952 Loan Shark as Lou Donelli
1952 Deadline - U.S.A. as Harry Thompson
1950 Walk Softly, Stranger as Whitey Lake
1950 Edge of Doom as Mr. Craig
1950 Appointment with Danger as Earl Boettiger
1949 Twelve O'Clock High as Major "Doc" Kaiser (flight surgeon)
1949 Easy Living as Dave Argus
1949 Lights Out (1 episode)
1949 Illegal Entry as Zack Richards
1949 The Window as Joe Kellerson
1949 Champion as Tommy Haley
1949 Suspense (1 episode)
1943 Government Girl as Branch Owens
1943 Mr. Lucky as Zepp
1942 The World at War as Narrator (voice)
1941 Johnny Eager as Julio
1941 Citizen Kane as Raymond
1937 Ever Since Eve as Coctail Customer

Directing

1963 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1 episode)Director
1962 Going My Way (1 episode)Director
1961 87th Precinct (1 episode)Director
1961 The Defenders (1 episode)Director
1960 Michael Shayne (7 episodes)Director
1960 Checkmate (1 episode)Director
1959 Hawaiian Eye (1 episode)Director
1959 Philip Marlowe (1 episode)Director
1959 The Twilight Zone (1 episode)Director
1958 Lawman (1 episode)Director
1958 Peter Gunn (1 episode)Director
1957 M Squad (3 episodes)Director
1955 Kings Row (3 episodes)Director

Production

1960 Michael Shayne (32 episodes)Producer

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