Lynn Stalmaster

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Lynn Stalmaster
Born (1927-11-17) November 17, 1927 (age 92)
EducationMA, UCLA TFT 1952[1]
OccupationCasting director
Years active1950–2006
Gloria McGough
(m. 1956, divorced)

Shirley A. Alexander
(m. 1962; div. 1972)
  • Irvin A. Stalmaster (father)
FamilyHal Stalmaster (brother)
AwardsAMPAS Honorary 2016

Lynn Arlen Stalmaster (born November 17, 1927) is an American casting director.

Early life[edit]

Stalmaster was born in Omaha, Nebraska to a Jewish family, the son of Irvin A. and Estelle Lapidus Stalmaster.[2] His father was the first person of Jewish descent as well as the youngest person appointed to the District Court of Nebraska.[3] He was also active in the local Jewish community serving as president of the Omaha B'nai Brith.[4] Stalmaster attended Dundee Elementary School in Omaha's Dundee–Happy Hollow Historic District.[2] In 1938, his family moved to Beverly Hills, California where he attended Beverly Hills High School.[5] He overcame his shyness by acting in high school and college.[2] After serving in the U.S. Army, he received a Master of Arts in Theater Arts from UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television in 1952.[1][5]


Stalmaster got his first job in show business as an actor, appearing in the war movies The Steel Helmet (1951) and The Flying Leathernecks (1951). He also acted in the TV series Big Town but soon became involved in the casting department of the same show. Stalmaster established himself quickly as a solid casting director, finding steady work in both television and motion pictures. The name Lynn Stalmaster became well known especially to cinema-goers of the 1970s, when he was credited with casting more than 60 movies of the decade, among them; Fiddler on the Roof, Harold and Maude, The Cowboys, Deliverance, Rollerball, Silver Streak, Black Sunday, Coming Home, Convoy, The Rose, Superman and Being There.

Stalmaster was also responsible for casting TV-shows like Combat!, Gunsmoke, The Untouchables, My Favorite Martian (S01,E01)' as well as Academy Award winning movies In the Heat of the Night, The Thomas Crown Affair, The Right Stuff and Brian De Palma's 1987 motion picture version of The Untouchables.

In 2016, he received an Academy Honorary Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Personal life[edit]

Lynn Stalmaster was married twice and both ended in a divorce – first to Gloria McGough (in 1956); and second to Shirley A. Alexander (from 1962 to 1972), with whom he had two children: son, Lincoln (born in 1966); and daughter, Lara.

Filmography (partial list)[edit]


  1. ^ a b Green, Noah (December 2, 2016). "Lynn Stalmaster Accepts First Oscar for Casting". UCLA TFT. Retrieved December 16, 2019. Congratulations to TFT alumnus Lynn Stalmaster (MA '52), ...
  2. ^ a b c The Jewish Press (Omaha): "Hollywood insiders return Home for Jewish Reunion" by Sherrie Saag July 30, 2014
  3. ^ The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle: "Young Jewish Lawyer appointed Judge of Dist. Court, Nebraska" April 27, 1928 - Page 17
  4. ^ Jewish Telegraph Agency: "Stalmaster is Appointed Judge in Nebraska Court" April 17, 1928
  5. ^ a b Oscar Biographies: "Lynn Stalmaster" retrieved July 22, 2017

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