Biography

Stocky character actor Stanley Adams had a relatively minor career in motion pictures, with the possible exception of his baby-faced millionaire Rusty Trawler of Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) fame. Otherwise, he played innumerable minor ethnic villains, bartenders and avuncular, fast-talking characters, known in the credits only by their first names. In other words, most of his roles were rather small. On television, conversely, he proved himself quite a scene-stealer, particularly in the 1960's and early 70's, when his face appeared on just about every major show. He was at his best as pool hustler Sure-shot Wilson in an episode of The Odd Couple (1970), Rollo, a quirky time-traveling scientist on Twilight Zone (1959), and - famously - as 'asteroid detecting', tribble dealing galactic entrepreneur Cyrano Jones on Star Trek (1966). Alas, he was also a space carrot named Tybo on Lost in Space (1965)....

His suicide in April 1977 has been attributed to severe depression as a result of a back injury, sustained earlier in the decade. Apart from the obvious pain, it would almost certainly have limited his employment opportunities.

Date of Death 27 April 1977, Santa Monica, California  (suicide)

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Stocky character actor Stanley Adams had a relatively minor career in motion pictures, with the possible exception of his baby-faced millionaire Rusty Trawler of Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) fame. Otherwise, he played innumerable minor ethnic villains, bartenders and avuncular, fast-talking characters, known in the credits only by their first names. In other words, most of his roles were rather small. On television, conversely, he proved himself quite a scene-stealer, particularly in the 1960's and early 70's, when his face appeared on just about every major show. He was at his best as pool hustler Sure-shot Wilson in an episode of The Odd Couple (1970), Rollo, a quirky time-traveling scientist on Twilight Zone (1959), and - famously - as 'asteroid detecting', tribble dealing galactic entrepreneur Cyrano Jones on Star Trek (1966). Alas, he was also a space carrot named Tybo on Lost in Space (1965)....

His suicide in April 1977 has been attributed to severe depression as a result of a back injury, sustained earlier in the decade. Apart from the obvious pain, it would almost certainly have limited his employment opportunities.

Date of Death 27 April 1977, Santa Monica, California  (suicide)

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 106

Birthday 1915-04-07

Day of Death 1977-04-27

Place of Birth New York City - New York - USA

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Also Known As

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

1976 Dixie Dynamite as Dade McCrutchen
1974 Kolchak: The Night Stalker(1 episode)
1974 Act of Vengeance as Bernie / Foul Mouth
1973 Police Story(1 episode)
1973 Star Trek: The Animated Series(1 episode)
1973 The Clones as Carl Swafford
1973 The Norliss Tapes as Truck Driver
1972 Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex *But Were Afraid to Ask as Stomach Operator
1972 Emergency!(1 episode)
1972 The Night Stalker as Fred Hurley
1971 The Seven Minutes as Irwin Blair
1971 Machismo: 40 Graves for 40 Guns as Granger
1970 The Odd Couple(2 episodes)
1969 Medical Center(1 episode)
1968 The Ghost & Mrs. Muir(1 episode)
1968 Lancer(1 episode)
1968 The Mod Squad(1 episode)
1968 The Outsider(1 episode)
1967 Mannix(4 episodes)
1967 Garrison's Gorillas(1 episode)
1967 Double Trouble as Captain Roach
1967 Thunder Alley as Mac Lunsford
1966 Pistols 'n' Petticoats(2 episodes)
1966 The Rat Patrol(2 episodes)
1966 Star Trek(1 episode) as Cyrano Jones
1966 The Monroes(1 episode)
1966 Nevada Smith as Storekeeper
1966 Death of a Salesman as Stanley
1966 Batman(1 episode)
1965 Honey West(1 episode)
1965 Laredo(1 episode)
1965 Lost in Space(1 episode)
1965 My Mother the Car(1 episode)
1965 The Legend of Jesse James(1 episode)
1964 Gilligan's Island(1 episode)
1964 Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.(1 episode)
1964 The Addams Family(1 episode)
1964 The Bing Crosby Show(1 episode)
1964 Wendy and Me(1 episode)
1964 A House Is Not a Home as Harry
1963 Kraft Suspense Theatre(1 episode)
1963 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre(2 episodes)
1963 Petticoat Junction(1 episode)
1963 The Bill Dana Show(1 episode)
1963 Burke's Law(1 episode)
1963 Lilies of the Field as Juan
1962 Requiem for a Heavyweight as Perelli (as Stan Adams)
1962 The Gallant Men(1 episode)
1962 The Lucy Show(1 episode)
1962 13 West Street as Joseph Finney
1961 Breakfast at Tiffany's as Rusty Trawler
1961 The New Breed(1 episode)
1961 Ben Casey(1 episode)
1961 Pirates of Tortuga as Montbars
1961 Dr. Kildare(1 episode)
1961 87th Precinct(1 episode)
1961 The Wizard of Baghdad as Warden Kvetch
1961 Tallahassee 7000(1 episode)
1960 North to Alaska as Breezy
1960 The Andy Griffith Show(1 episode)
1960 Pete and Gladys(2 episodes)
1960 Checkmate(1 episode) as Cholly Luke
1960 Thriller(1 episode)
1960 One Foot in Hell as Pete (uncredited)
1960 The Rat Race as Cab Driver (uncredited)
1959 Mr. Lucky(2 episodes)
1959 Not for Hire(5 episodes)
1959 The Detectives(1 episode)
1959 High School Big Shot as Harry March
1959 Dennis, The Menace(1 episode)
1959 The Twilight Zone(2 episodes)
1959 The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis(1 episode)
1959 The DuPont Show with June Allyson(1 episode)
1959 Riverboat(1 episode)
1959 Tightrope(1 episode)
1959 North by Northwest as Lieutenant Harding (uncredited)
1959 The Lawless Years(3 episodes)
1959 The Alphabet Conspiracy
1959 Rawhide(1 episode)
1958 The Rifleman(1 episode)
1958 The Donna Reed Show(1 episode)
1958 Peter Gunn(3 episodes)
1958 I Married a Woman as Cabbie
1957 Hell Ship Mutiny as Roxy
1957 The Court of Last Resort(1 episode)
1957 Hell Bound as Herbert Fay Jr.
1957 Maverick(1 episode)
1957 Perry Mason(1 episode)
1957 M Squad(1 episode)
1957 The Thin Man(3 episodes)
1957 Black Patch as Professor Dudley - Drummer
1957 Have Gun – Will Travel(1 episode)
1957 Valerie as Dr. E. Jackson
1957 Trooper Hook as Heathcliff
1956 The Adventures of Hiram Holliday(23 episodes) as Garreaux
1956 Calling Homicide as Peter von Elda
1956 Somebody Up There Likes Me as Romolo's Attorney (uncredited)
1956 The Bold and the Brave as Master Sergeant
1955 Hell on Frisco Bay as Hammy
1955 Matinee Theater(1 episode)
1955 Alfred Hitchcock Presents(1 episode)
1955 Gunsmoke(3 episodes)
1954 The Atomic Kid as Wildcat Hooper
1954 The Lone Wolf(1 episode)
1953 General Electric Theater(1 episode)
1951 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars(1 episode)
1951 The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok(1 episode)

Writing

1966 Star Trek(1 episode)Writer

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