Joe Maross

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Joe Maross
Twilight Zone Third From the Sun 1960.jpg
Maross in The Twilight Zone episode "Third From the Sun" (1960)
BornFebruary 7, 1923
DiedNovember 7, 2009, age 86
Alma materYale University

Joe Maross (February 7, 1923 - November 7, 2009)[1] was an American actor who appeared in movies and made guest appearances on many television series from the 1950s to the 1980s.

Early years[edit]

Born in Barnesboro, Pennsylvania, Maross was a drama student at Yale University.[1]

Military service[edit]

Serving in the Marines, Maross was stationed in Hawaii during World War II.[1]


Maross's Broadway credits include Ladies Night in a Turkish Bath (1949) and The Innkeepers (1955).[2]

Among the movies he appeared in were Run Silent, Run Deep, Elmer Gantry, Zig Zag, and Rich and Famous.

Maross played Captain Mike Benton in the ABC-TV drama Code Red.[3] He appeared in many other television series between 1952 and 1986. Among them were Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Season 4 Episode 15 "A Personal Matter" as Joe Philips (18 Jan. 1959), three episodes of Perry Mason, including the role of defendant Nelson Tarr in the 1963 episode, "The Case of the Potted Planter," and as David Lambert in the 1960 episode "The Case of the Crying Cherub." He played A.D.A. Ernest Helming in the 1960 episode "The Case of the Lavender Lipstick". He also guest-starred in Behind Closed Doors, Mission: Impossible, The Fugitive, The Outer Limits, Wanted: Dead or Alive, The Invaders, Gunsmoke, The Virginian, Twelve O'Clock High, The Time Tunnel (in an episode of which he portrayed George Armstrong Custer), Hawaii Five-O, Mannix, The Rockford Files, the Combat! episode "A Little Jazz", and the Bonanza episode "Escape to Ponderosa". He appeared in two episodes of The Twilight Zone: "Third from the Sun" and "The Little People".

He was a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[4] He was reputed to be an enthusiastic screener of the DVDs which studios send to Academy members for award consideration.[citation needed]

On November 7, 2009, he died of cardiac arrest in Glendale, California at the age of 86.[4]


Year Title Role Notes
1958 Run Silent, Run Deep Chief Kohler
1960 Elmer Gantry Pete
1970 Zig Zag Lt. Max Hines
1971 Sometimes a Great Notion Floyd Evenwrite
1972 The Salzburg Connection Chuck
1977 Sixth and Main Peanuts
1981 Rich and Famous Martin Fornam


  1. ^ a b c Lentz, Harris M. III (2010). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2009: Film, Television, Radio, Theatre, Dance, Music, Cartoons and Pop Culture. McFarland. ISBN 9780786441747. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  2. ^ "("Joe Maross" search results)". Playbill Vault. Playbill. Archived from the original on 10 June 2017. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  3. ^ Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 198. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
  4. ^ a b "Actor Joe Maross dies at 86". Variety. November 9, 2009. Archived from the original on 10 June 2017. Retrieved 10 June 2017.

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