Harold J. Stone
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|Harold J. Stone|
Harold J. Stone in 1972
March 3, 1913
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Died||November 18, 2005 (aged 92)|
Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Resting place||Mount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery|
|Spouse(s)||Joan (m. ?–1960) (her death) (2 children)|
Miriam (m. 1962–2005)(his death) (1 child)
Stone was born to a Jewish acting family. At age 6, Stone debuted on stage with his father, Jacob Hochstein, in the play White Slaves. A graduate of New York University, he attended the University of Buffalo to study medicine.
Stone began his career on Broadway in 1939 and appeared in five plays in the next six years, including One Touch of Venus and Stalag 17. His other Broadway credits include Morning Star (1939), A Bell for Adano (1944), S.S. Glencairn (1947), Abraham Cochrane (1963), Charley's Aunt (1970), and Ring Around the Bathtub (1971).
Stone made his motion picture debut in the Alan Ladd film noir classic The Blue Dahlia (1946). In 1949, he co-starred on the short-lived live television sitcom The Hartmans. He then went on to work in small but memorable roles in such films as The Harder They Fall (1956) with Humphrey Bogart, Alfred Hitchcock's The Wrong Man (1956), Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956), The Garment Jungle (1957), The Invisible Boy (1957), Spartacus (1960), The Chapman Report (1962), X: The Man with the X-ray Eyes (1963), The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), Girl Happy (1965), The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967, as Frank Nitti), The Big Mouth (1967), The Seven Minutes (1971), Mitchell (1975), and Hardly Working (1980).
Although Stone went on to perform secondary roles in a number of films, he became a recognizable face to television viewers. He played Handyman in the comedy The Hartmans, Jake Goldberg in the drama The Goldbergs, and Lieutenant Hauser in the drama The Walter Winchell File. In 1959, he co-starred as a principal investigator in the syndicated series Grand Jury.x
Stone made more than 150 guest appearances on numerous shows dating from the 1950s to the early 1980s, including: U.S. Marshal, Stagecoach West (the 1960 episode "Red Sand" with Dean Jones), The Rifleman, Gunsmoke, Cimarron City, The Restless Gun, The Alaskans, The Barbara Stanwyck Show, Sugarfoot, The Islanders, The Tall Man, The Roaring 20's, Empire, I Spy, The Virginian, The Untouchables, Wanted: Dead or Alive, Mr. Novak, The Twilight Zone, Route 66, Have Gun – Will Travel, The Big Valley, Trackdown (3 episodes), Going My Way, Gilligan's Island, Hogan's Heroes (3 episodes), Hawaii Five-O, Mannix, Get Smart, Griff, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Welcome Back Kotter, Barney Miller (3 episodes) and Charlie's Angels.
On January 14, 1958, he played the brutal Rafe Larkin, "The Last Comanchero," in the ABC/Warner Brothers western television series, Cheyenne, with Clint Walker in the title role. In the storyline, Larkin is captured in the New Mexico Territory and has been jailed by Cheyenne Bodie, acting as a marshal, to await trial for the murder of a couple and the burning of their ranch house. Edd Byrnes plays Benji Danton, the son of the slain couple whose girlfriend is being held hostage by Larkin's only surviving son. The key to resolution of the story is illuminating material left by an itinerant photographer seeking to capture the spirit of the Old West.
In the 1961–1962 season, Stone appeared three times in Stephen McNally's ABC crime drama Target: The Corruptors!. In 1963, he appeared with Marsha Hunt in the ABC medical drama Breaking Point in an episode which was nominated for an Emmy Award for writing. In September 1964, he appeared in the Western series, Bonanza ("The Hostage"). Also in 1964, Stone appeared in Daniel Boone starring Fess Parker (in the episode entitled "The Fluellen Family" as Greenbriar).
In 1969-1970, Stone portrayed Hamilton Greeley in the NBC comedy series My World and Welcome to It.:737 He played Sam Steinberg on the 1972-1973 CBS comedy Bridget Loves Bernie, and had the role of Charlie on the CBS comedy Joe and Sons (1975-1976).:536
Stone was married twice. His first wife, Jean, died in 1960. He and his second wife separated in 1964. He had two sons and one daughter.
- The Blue Dahlia (1949)
- The Harder They Fall (1956) as Art Leavitt
- Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956) as Nick Barbella
- Back from Eternity (1956) as Dealer (uncredited)
- The Wrong Man (1956) as Det. Lt. Bowers
- Slander (1957) as Seth Jackson
- Man Afraid (1957) as Lieutenant Marlin
- The Garment Jungle (1957) as Tony
- House of Numbers (1957) as Henry Nova - Prison Guard
- The Invisible Boy (1957) as Gen. Swayne
- These Thousand Hills (1959) as Ram Butler
- Spartacus (1960) as David
- The Chapman Report (1962) as Frank Garnell
- Showdown (1963) as Lavalle
- X: The Man with the X-ray Eyes (1963) as Dr. Sam Brant
- The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) as Gen. Varus
- Girl Happy (1965) as Big Frank
- Don't Forget to Wipe the Blood Off (1966)
- The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967) as Frank Nitti
- The Big Mouth (1967) as Thor
- The Olsen Gang in a Fix (1969) as Serafimo Mozerella
- Which Way to the Front? (1970) as General Buck
- The Seven Minutes (1971) as Judge Upshaw
- Pickup on 101 (1972) as 2nd Farmer
- The Photographer (1974) as Lt. Luther Jacoby
- The Wild McCullochs (1975) as George
- Mitchell (1975) as Tony Gallano
- Hardly Working (1980) as Frank Loucazi
Television appearances (selected)
- The Virginian, "Ride to Delphi" (1966)
- The Man From UNCLE, "It's All Greek to Me Affair" (1967)
- The Hartmans
- The Walter Winchell File, "The Decision" - Holden Ksuhner (1957)
- Alfred Hitchcock Presents, "Lamb to the Slaughter" (1958)
- The Twilight Zone, Grant Sheckley in ep. 3.2, "The Arrival"
- Hogan's Heroes, "Bad Day in Berlin" as "Major Teppel", "The Defector" as "Field Marshal Rudolph Richter", "Looking at the Pretty Snowflakes" as "General Strommberger"
- Gunsmoke, "He Who Lives by the Sword", as Joe Delk
- The Big Valley
- Gilligan's Island
- Get Smart, "Ship of Spies Part 2"
- Have Gun Will Travel, "A Matter Of Ethics", "Helen of Abajinian"
- Three's Company, "The Loanshark" as Mr. Bustamante
- Welcome Back, Kotter, "Kotter & Son" as Charlie Kotter, Gabe's father
- Barney Miller, "Kidnapping" (Part 2) as "Mr. Siegel" (1978); "Homicide" (Parts 1 and 2) as "Steven Haddad" (1980)
- Trackdown "Fear" , "The School Teacher", "The Witness" 
- Stone's obituary in The New York Times does not specify where he died (other than "here", referring to the Los Angeles dateline). His obituary in the Los Angeles Times says that he died "at the Motion Picture and Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills".
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- Erickson, Hal (November 5, 2001). Syndicated television: The first forty years, 1947-1987. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland Classics. p. 28. ISBN 978-0786411986. (Subscription required (help)).
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- "The Last Comanchero: Cheyenne". IMDb. January 14, 1958. Retrieved August 31, 2014.
- Terrace, Vincent (October 6, 2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 136. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
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