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Max Showalter ACTOR

Max Showalter was born on June 2nd, 1917 in Caldwell, Kansas.  From a young boy he was exposed to entertaining when he would travel along with his mother, a piano player, and watch her perform in the theater.

By the mid 1930's he joined the Pasadena Playhouse and between 1935 and 1938, he appeared in over ninety productions.  He then made his Broadway debut, credited as Oscar Hammerstein II in a production title, "Knights of Song".

Other Broadway credits included, "Make Mine Manhattan", "The Grass Harp" and his most memorable stage role in, "Hello Dolly!" a production that he performed in a total of 3000 times.

Now with quite a bit of stage experience on his resume he began to break into the film industry with some of his early roles being on, "Always Leave Them Laughing" (1949) starring Milton Berle, Ruth Roman, Bert Lahr, Alan Hale Sr. and Virginia Mayo, "With a Song in My Heart" (1952) starring Susan Hayward, Rory Calhoun, David Wayne, Thelma Ritter, Robert Wagner, Helen Westcott and Una Merkel, "Vicki" (1953) co-starring Jeanne Crain, Jean Peters, Elliott Reid, Richard Boone, Carl Betz and Aaron Spelling, and "Niagara" (1953) starring Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters, Dennis O'Dea, Lurene Tuttle, Will Wright, Don Wilson and introducing Marilyn Monroe.  His early film roles billed him as Casey Adams only later taking on the stage name Max Showalter.

Other film credits he added included, "What Price Glory" (1952) starring James Cagney, Corinne Calvet, Dan Dailey, William Demarest, James Gleason, Robert Wagner, Marisa Pavan and Craig Hill, "Down Three Dark Streets" (1954) starring Broderick Crawford, Ruth Roman, Marisa Pavan and Martha Hyer, "Naked Alibi" (1954) starring Sterling Hayden, Gloria Grahame, Marcia Henderson, Chuck Connors, Don Haggerty, Billy Chapin and Gene Barry, "Indestructible Man" (1956) starring with Lon Chaney Jr. and Marian Carr, "Hellcats of the Navy" (1957) starring Ronald Reagan, Nancy Davis, Arthur Franz, Joe Turkel, Don Keefer, Harry Lauter and Robert Arthur, "It Happened to Jane" (1959) starring Doris Day, Jack Lemmon, Mary Wickes, Robert Paige, Jayne Meadows, Harry Morgan, Russ Brown, Dave Crockett, Steve Forrest and Gina Gillespie and Ernie Kovacs, "Elmer Gantry" (1960) starring Burt Lancaster, Shirley Jones, Dean Jagger, Arthur Kennedy, Patti Page, Edward Andrews, John McIntire, Hugh Marlowe, Barbara Luna, Dayton Lummis, Harry Antrim and Jean Simmons, "The Music Man" (1962) starring Robert Preston, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett, Paul Ford and Hermione Gingold, "How to Murder Your Wife" (1965) starring Jack Lemmon, Virna Lisi, Terry Thomas, Claire Trevor, Sidney Blackmer, Mary Wickes, Alan Hewitt and Jack Albertson, "Bonnie's Kids" (1973) starring Tiffany Bolling, Alex Rocco and Robin Mattson, "10" (1979) starring alongside starring Dudley Moore, Julie Andrews, Robert Webber, Dee Wallace, Brian Dennehy and Bo Derek and his final film role was in, "Sixteen Candles" (1984) starring Molly Ringwald, Michael Schoeffling, Justin Henry, Paul Dooley, Edward Andrews, John Cusack and Anthony Michael Hall. 

Along with film work, he also appeared on a number of television shows such as, "The Twilight Zone', "Lord Love a Duck", "The Doris Day Show", "The Lucy Show", "Surfside 6", "Star Stage", "Crossroads", "The Loretta Young Show", "Gunsmoke", "Code 3", "The Thin Man", "Five Fingers", "Stagecoach West", "Sam Benedict", "Dr. Kildare", "Private Secretary", "Hazel", "Perry Mason", "Richard Diamond, Private Detective", "Mr. and Mrs. North", "Police Story" and "The Love Boat".

After, "Sixteen Candles", Max retired from acting and chose to move to Connecticut.  He went on to work as a producer, writer and director at the local theater and also at the Ivoryton Playhouse.  He passed away in Middletown, Connecticut at the age of eighty three from cancer on July 30th, 2000. 


1984         Sixteen Candles
1984         Racing with the Moon
1982-1983     The Love Boat 
1981         The Incredible Hulk 
1981         A Gun in the House 
1980         The Stockard Channing Show 
1979         10
1978         Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
1978         Quincy, M.E.
1977         ABC Weekend Specials 
1977         The Bob Newhart Show 
1975         Kojak 
1975         How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying 
1975         Police Story
1973         Bonnie's Kids
1971         The Anderson Tapes
1970         The Moonshine War
1969         The Doris Day Show 
1969         A Talent for Loving
1966         Lord Love a Duck
1965         Bewitched 
1958-1965     Perry Mason 
1964-1965     The Lucy Show
1965         How to Murder Your Wife
1964         Sex and the Single Girl
1964         Fate Is the Hunter
1964         Mr. and Mrs. North
1963-1964     Hazel
1962-1964     Dr. Kildare
1963         Move Over, Darling
1963         The New Phil Silvers Show
1963         My Six Loves
1963         Sam Benedict 
1962         Empire
1962         Smog
1962         The Music Man
1962         Bon Voyage!
1962         Surfside 6 
1961         Summer and Smoke
1961         Twilight Zone 
1961         Follow the Sun 
1961         Claudelle Inglish
1961         Stagecoach West 
1961         Return to Peyton Place
1961         The Andy Griffith Show 
1960         Richard Diamond, Private Detective 
1960         The Real McCoys 
1960         Elmer Gantry
1959         Five Fingers
1959         Markham 
1959         It Happened to Jane
1959         The David Niven Show
1959         The Thin Man
1959         G.E. True Theater 
1958         Voice in the Mirror
1958         The Naked and the Dead
1958         The Female Animal
1957         Gunsmoke 
1957         Code 3 
1957         The Monster That Challenged the World
1957         Hellcats of the Navy
1957         Designing Woman
1957         Dragoon Wells Massacre
1957         Leave It to Beaver 
1957         Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans 
1956         The Gale Storm Show: Oh, Susanna!
1956         Bus Stop
1956         Crossroads 
1956         Indestructible Man
1956         Never Say Goodbye
1956         Star Stage 
1956         Matinee Theatre 
1956         Navy Log
1956         The 20th Century-Fox Hour 
1955         The Buick-Berle Show
1955         The Return of Jack Slade
1954-1955     The Loretta Young Show
1955         TV Reader's Digest
1955         Private Secretary 
1954         Naked Alibi
1954         Down Three Dark Streets
1954         Night People
1953         Vicki
1953         Dangerous Crossing
1953         Destination Gobi
1953         Niagara
1952         Stars and Stripes Forever
1952         My Wife's Best Friend
1952         What Price Glory
1952         With a Song in My Heart
1949         The Swift Show
1949         Always Leave Them Laughing

Matinee Classics - Niagara starring Marilyn Monroe, Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters, Max Showalter, Denis O'Dea, Richard Allan, Don Wilson, Lurene Tuttle, Russell Collins and Will Wright
Matinee Classics - Niagara starring Marilyn Monroe, Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters, Max Showalter, Denis O'Dea, Richard Allan, Don Wilson, Lurene Tuttle, Russell Collins and Will Wright
Matinee Classics - Niagara starring Marilyn Monroe, Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters, Max Showalter, Denis O'Dea, Richard Allan, Don Wilson, Lurene Tuttle, Russell Collins and Will Wright
Matinee Classics - Niagara starring Marilyn Monroe, Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters, Max Showalter, Denis O'Dea, Richard Allan, Don Wilson, Lurene Tuttle, Russell Collins and Will Wright
Matinee Classics - Never Say Goodbye starring Rock Hudson, Cornell Borchers, George Sanders, Shelley Fabares, Ray Collins, David Janssen, Helen Wallace, John Wengraf, Raymond Greenleaf, Max Showalter, John Banner, Jerry Paris, Else Neft and Clint Eastwood

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