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

Lewis J. Stadlen
Born (1947-03-07) March 7, 1947 (age 72)
Years active1970-present
Spouse(s)Mary MacLeod (ex)
ChildrenDiana Stadlen Taylor, Peter Stadlen



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 creditsEdit

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 creditsEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1972 Portnoy's Complaint Mandel
1972 Savages Julian Branch, a Song Writer
1972 Parades Potofski
1973 Serpico Jerry Berman
1977 Between the Lines Stanley
1982 Soup for One Allan's Father
1982 The Verdict Dr. Gruber
1983 To Be or Not to Be Lupinsky
1984 Windy City Marty
1990 Funny About Love Avi
1994 I.Q. Moderator
1995 The Real Shlemiel Lekish / Zeinvel / The Peddler Voice
1997 In & Out Ed Kenrow
1998 The Impostors Bandleader

Theatre creditsEdit

Awards and nominationsEdit

  • 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 lifeEdit

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

Further readingEdit

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". Retrieved 2012-01-22.
  3. ^ "Hollywood Beat". The Afro American. 1972-04-08. Retrieved 2012-01-22.

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