Lewis J. Stadlen

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Lewis J. Stadlen
Born (1947-03-07) March 7, 1947 (age 71)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1970-present
Spouse(s) Mary MacLeod (ex)
Children Diana Stadlen Taylor, Peter Stadlen

Lewis J. Stadlen (born March 7, 1947) is an American stage and screen character actor.[1]


Born in Brooklyn, New York to voice actor Allen Swift, Stadlen studied acting with Sanford Meisner and Stella Adler. He made his Broadway debut as Groucho Marx in the musical comedy Minnie's Boys in 1970. Other noted broadway roles include Senex in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Banjo in a revival of The Man Who Came to Dinner, Milt in Laughter on the 23rd Floor, and Dr. Pangloss in the 1973 production of Candide. He has been nominated for 3 Tony awards over the years.

The Time of Your Life was revived on March 17, 1972 at the Huntington Hartford Theater in Los Angeles where Stadlen, Henry Fonda, Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Thompson, Strother Martin, Gloria Grahame, Jane Alexander, Richard X. Slattery and Pepper Martin were among the cast with Edwin Sherin directing.[2][3]

His autobiography, Acting Foolish, was published by Bear Manor in 2009.

Film and television credits

Stadlen's film credits include Portnoy's Complaint (1972), Serpico (1973), The Verdict (1982), To Be or Not to Be (1983), Windy City (1984), and In & Out (1997).

On television, Stadlen had a regular role in the first season of Benson as John Taylor, Governor Gatling's chief of staff, before being replaced in the second season by René Auberjonois, who assumed the role of Clayton Endicott, Taylor's replacement as chief of staff, on the series. He also has appeared in Law & Order and The Sopranos.

Film credits

Theatre credits

Awards and nominations

  • 1970 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Performance (Minnie's Boys, winner)
  • 1970 Theatre World Award (Minnie's Boys, winner)
  • 1974 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical (Candide, nominee)
  • 1996 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, nominee)
  • 2001 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play (The Man Who Came to Dinner, nominee)

Personal life

Stadlen was married to Broadway singer and dancer and actress Mary MacLeod.

Further reading

Acting Foolish, by Lewis J. Stadlen. BearManor Media, Albany, 2009. ISBN 1-59393-329-0.


  1. ^ "The New York Times". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-01-25. 
  2. ^ "WorldCat". Worldcat.org. Retrieved 2012-01-22. 
  3. ^ "Hollywood Beat". The Afro American. 1972-04-08. Retrieved 2012-01-22. 

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