Stanley Kamel

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Stanley Kamel
Kamel in 2008
Born(1943-01-01)January 1, 1943
DiedApril 8, 2008(2008-04-08) (aged 65)
Other namesStanley Camel, Stan Kamel
EducationBoston University (BFA)
Years active1968–2008

Stanley Kamel (January 1, 1943 – April 8, 2008) was an American actor. From 2002 until his death in 2008, he played Dr. Charles Kroger on the American television series Monk.


Kamel was born to a Jewish family and raised in South River, New Jersey.[1] He attended Rutgers Preparatory School and Boston University, graduating with a BFA in 1965.[2] He started his acting career off-Broadway and broke into television with a role in Days of Our Lives (1972-76) as the second actor to play the character of "Eric Peters".

Kamel began appearing on television in 1968, appearing in many episodic one-off appearances over decades (including The Mod Squad, Barney Miller, Kojak, Lou Grant, Quincy M.E., Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law, Murder, She Wrote, Cagney & Lacey, Matlock, Hooperman, Father Dowling Mysteries, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, The Nanny, and The Lazarus Man).

He had a recurring role on Melrose Place in 1994 as Bruce Teller, the CEO of D&D Advertising, where Amanda (Heather Locklear) and Allison (Courtney Thorne-Smith) were employed. During the first part of the sixth season of Beverly Hills, 90210, Kamel appeared on several episodes as Anthony Marchette, an organized crime figure.

Kamel was best known for his role as Dr. Charles Kroger in the USA Network television series Monk, playing the infinitely patient and ever-supportive psychiatrist to the main character, Adrian Monk (Tony Shalhoub). Though his last appearance was in the sixth season of Monk, clips of his character were seen in the series finale.


On April 8, 2008, Kamel was found dead of a heart attack in his Hollywood Hills home. He was 65.[3][4] "Mr. Monk Buys a House", the premiere episode of the seventh season of Monk, was dedicated to his memory and included a mention of his character (Dr. Kroger) dying of a heart attack. The final shot of the episode was a close-up of a photo of Kamel, as Dr. Kroger, on Monk's fireplace mantle.

Kamel never married and had no children.[5]



List of Stanley Kamel film credits[6][7][8]
Year Title Role Notes
1971 Bacchanale The Lover
1978 Corvette Summer Las Vegas Con Man
1979 In Search of Historic Jesus James Documentary
1982 Making Love Charlie
1983 Star 80 Nick
I'm Going to Be Famous
1990 Dead Men Don't Die Archie
Murder by Numbers George
1993 Come the Morning Randall
1995 Automatic Seth Baker
1997 Ravager Clean
Eat Your Heart Out Michael Stark
1999 A Fare to Remember Mr. Gault
Running Red Alexi
Stonebrook Tali
2000 Escape Under Pressure Sub Commander
2001 The A-List Buchwald Short
2003 Judge Koan Judge Koan
2005 Domino Anthony Cigliutti
2006 Inland Empire Koz Kakawski
2007 Jane Doe: How to Fire Your Boss Dr. Jared Fox Straight-to-video
2008 The Urn Joseph Final film role


List of Stanley Kamel television credits
Year Title Role Notes
1969 Mannix Rich Gaines Episode: "Tooth of the Serpent"
1969 Mission: Impossible Male Patient Episode: "The Controllers: Part 1"
1971 The Mod Squad Nick Harris Episode: "Is that Justice? No, It's the law."
1972 Mannix John 'Gemini' Boling Episode: "The Upside-Down Penny"
The Rookies Lou Episode: "A Bloody Shade of Blue"
The Sixth Sense Killer Episode: "The Eyes That Wouldn't Die"
Short Walk to Daylight Ernie Delion TV movie
1972–1976 Days of Our Lives Eric Peters #2
1973 Emergency! Harry Rivers Episode: "An English Visitor"
1974 Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law Essex Taylor Episode: "To Keep and Bear Arms"
Get Christie Love! Marvin Episode: "Emperor of Death Street"
1974, 1977 Kojak Clyde Bruckner /
Bert Marino
2 episodes
1975 Switch Eddie Matlock Episode: "The Late Show Murders"
McMillan & Wife Sable Episode: "Requiem for a Bride"
1976 Mallory: Circumstantial Evidence Cole TV movie
1977 In the Glitter Palace Director TV movie
1977, 1981 Quincy, M.E. Max Cullis /
Attorney Dave Bremmerhouse
2 episodes
1978 Charlie's Angels Dinsmore Episode: "Hours of Desperation"
1979 240-Robert Prisoner Episode: "Acting Sergeant"
The Incredible Hulk Gary Episode: "Captive Night"
Captain America II: Death Too Soon Kramer TV movie
1979, 1981 Lou Grant Marty Niles /
Dr. Weyland
2 episodes
1979, 1982 Barney Miller Lance Parks /
Dr. Michael Packer
2 episodes
1980 The Gossip Columnist Phil TV movie
1981 Eight Is Enough Bruce Taylor Episode: "Bradfordgate"
House Calls Lenny Episode: "My Son, the Anarchist"
The Phoenix Murray Episode: "Pilot"
Mork & Mindy Charlie Episode: "My Dad Can't Beat Up Anybody"
1982 Three's Company Clean Cut Man Packer Episode: "Opening Night"
1983–1985 Hill Street Blues Agent Ramsey 3 episodes
1983–1988 Cagney & Lacey Det. Mick Solomon 7 episodes
1984 Riptide Colonel Davidson Episode: "The Orange Grove"
Knight Rider Sonny Martin Episode: "Dead of Knight"
My Mother's Secret Life Larry Fenton TV movie
Old Friends Charlie TV movie
Victims for Victims:
The Theresa Saldana Story
D.A. Mike Knight TV movie
1985 A Bunny's Tale Jerry TV movie
The Rape of Richard Beck Dr. Greenberg TV movie
Hardcastle and McCormick Zimmerman Episode: "Surprise on Seagull Beach"
The Fall Guy Carl Trenton Episode: "The Life of Riley"
Rituals DA Don Wallace
1986 Scarecrow and Mrs. King Steven Sallee Episode: "Dead Men Leave No Trails"
Mr. Belvedere Lawrence Miller Episode: "Deportation: Part 1"
1986–1991 L.A. Law Mark Gilliam 5 episodes
1987 Star Trek: The Next Generation Kosinski Episode: "Where No One Has Gone Before"
1987–1988 Hunter Brad Wilkes, FBI 4 episodes
1987, 1990 Matlock Mark Douglas /
Clayton Ross
2 episodes
1988 Hooperman Dr. Kenwood Episode: "Blaste from the Past"
Probe Marty Corrigan Episode: "Black Cats Don't Walk Under Ladders (Do They?)"
Buck James Dennis Osterman Episode: "Top Secret"
The Highwayman Cisco Episode: "Frightmare"
1989 Guns of Paradise Mr. Sweet Episode: "A Private War"
Mancuso, FBI Stein Episode: "Conflict of Interest"
1989–1990 Beauty and the Beast George Walker 2 episodes
Murder, She Wrote Frankie, the Bartender /
Sid Staples
2 episodes
1990 Columbo Tim Haines Episode: "Agenda for Murder"
Empty Nest Monsieur Gerard Episode: "A Flaw Is Born"
Valerie's Family Steven Eisenberg Episode: "It Happened One Night... Or Did It?"
We'll Take Manhattan Director TV movie
Bar Girls Judge TV movie
1990–1991 Father Dowling Mysteries Leo Chaplin / Ron Baylor 2 episodes
1991 The Golden Girls Herb Shrewsberry 2 episodes
Reasonable Doubts John Callahan Episode: "Dicky's Got the Blues"
MacGyver Victor Kasanti Episode: "Off the Wall"
1992 2000 Malibu Road Mr. Adler Episode: "Pilot"
1993 Homefront Mr. Smith Episode: "By Word or Act"
1993–1994 Diagnosis: Murder Dr. Larry Wright /
Wayne Topping
2 episodes
1994 Melrose Place Bruce Teller 13 episodes
Honor Thy Father and Mother:
The True Story of the Menendez Murders
Dr. Jerome Oziel TV movie
1995 Beverly Hills, 90210 Tony Marchette 8 episodes
1995–1996 Murder One Dr. Graham Lester 8 episodes
1996 Dark Skies Dr. Ron Burnside Episode: "Dark Days Night"
1997 Renegade Anthony Capezi Episode: "Knock Out"
ER Dr. 'Fin' Leosch Episode: "Random Acts"
The Nanny Condo Representative Episode: "The Boca Story"
Pensacola: Wings of Gold Grissom Episode: "Grey Ghost"
1998 Martial Law Dr. Ron Burnside Episode: "Malcolm Devrons"
Like Father, Like Santa Leland Jennings TV movie
1999 L.A. Doctors Dr. Crosswell Episode: "Been There, Done That"
Cracker Pat Vicker Episode: "Faustian Fitz"
7th Heaven Shana's Dad Episode: "Yak Sada"
2000 NYPD Blue Noel Beller Episode: "The Irvin Files"
Dark Angel Edgar Sonrisa Episode: "Pilot"
An American Daughter Dr. Blumberg TV movie
2001 The Geena Davis Show Carl Episode: "Photo Finish"
2002 Six Feet Under Death Episode: "In the Game"
2002–2008 Monk Dr. Charles Kroger 43 episodes
2003 Mister Sterling Arthur Peyton 5 episodes
The Guardian James Fuller Episode: "Swimming"
General Hospital Cody McCall 5 episodes
2004 The D.A. Judge Episode: "The People vs. Patricia Henry"
The West Wing Stanley Episode: "In the Room"
2005 Reba Mac Episode: "Issues"
2006 Last Day Sorin Short
2007 Eyes Social Services Employee Episode: "Whistleblower"


  1. ^ "Shrink on 'Murder One' is No Sleaze, Actor Says". News & Record. Greensboro, North Carolina. Knight Ridder. March 9, 1996. Retrieved October 30, 2020. Kamel is one of those looks-familiar-but-what's-his-name actors who work all the time but seem to miss stardom. The South River, N.J., native has had recurring roles in many TV series, but his best work has been in Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law, and Murder One, all created by Stephen Bochco.
  2. ^ "Monk TV Show and Television Series – Cast Bios:Stanley Kamel". Archived from the original on February 9, 2007. Retrieved January 1, 2007.
  3. ^ "'Monk' star Stanley Kamel dies at 65". Access Hollywood. April 9, 2008. Retrieved April 9, 2008 – via Today.
  4. ^ "Stanley Kamel, 65, Actor on 'Monk,' Is Dead". The New York Times. Associated Press. April 11, 2008. Retrieved April 12, 2008.
  5. ^ "Stanley Kamel Obituary". Jason47's Days of Our Lives Website. Retrieved May 26, 2012.
  6. ^ "Stanley Kamel Movies". MovieFone. Retrieved July 28, 2023.
  7. ^ "Stanley Kamel". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved July 28, 2023.
  8. ^ "Stanley Kamel - Filmography". Retrieved July 28, 2023.

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