July 2, 1947|
Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.
|Died||April 13, 1986
Hollywood, California, U.S.
Cause of death
|Chapel of the Pines Crematory|
Stephen Stucker (July 2, 1947 – April 13, 1986) was an American actor, known for portrayals of larger-than-life flamboyant characters, notably the manic control-room worker Johnny Henshaw-Jacobs in the early 1980s Airplane! movies and the cross-dressing, rubber-penis-waving stenographer in the courtroom sequence of 1977's The Kentucky Fried Movie.
Early life and career
Stucker made his screen debut co-starring in the 1975 comedic sexploitation film Carnal Madness as Bruce Wilson, a gay fashion designer who escapes an insane asylum with two fellow inmates, fleeing to an all-girls school. He went on to perform in the 1977 earthquake-in-Los-Angeles comedy Cracking Up, alongside Fred Willard, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer.
Stucker was a scene-stealing member of the cast of the Madison, Wisconsin Kentucky Fried Theater sketch comedy troupe founded by David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker. In 1977 he appeared in the John Landis film The Kentucky Fried Movie, based on the troupe's sketches. This led to his memorable supporting role in the Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker comedy Airplane!, which he reprised in Airplane II: The Sequel. For the initial film, the writers gave Stucker the straight lines for his scenes and let him write his character's off-the-wall responses.
In 1982 he had a guest role in a three-episode sequence in the TV series Mork and Mindy and, in 1983, he had a small featured role in Landis' Trading Places. In 1984, Stucker had a co-starring role as the sex-obsessed psychiatrist, Dr. Bender in the teen comedy film Bad Manners (aka: Growing Pains).
Illness and death
He died from AIDS-related complications on April 13, 1986 at the age of 38. He was buried in Chapel of the Pines Crematory.
|1975||Delinquent School Girls||Bruce Wilson||Alternative title: Carnal Madness|
|1977||Cracking Up||Bruce "Tushy" Smith|
|1977||The Kentucky Fried Movie||Stenographer||Segment: "Courtroom"|
|1982||Mork & Mindy||Billy Vincent||3 episodes|
|1982||Jimmy the Kid||2nd Neighbor|
|1982||Airplane II: The Sequel||Controller Jacobs/Courtroom Clerk|
|1984||Bad Manners||Dr. Bender||Alternative title: Growing Pains|
|1985||Hot Resort||Bobby Williams|
|1988||The Wizard of Speed and Time||Piano Choreographer||Scenes filmed in 1984; Released posthumously|
- Airplane! DVD commentary
- Simross, Lynn (November 14, 1985). "AIDS Victim Runs to Beat the Odds : More Are Showing a Positive Approach to the Disease". latimes.com. p. 4. Retrieved March 7, 2013.