Milestones May 26, 2003

DIED. ROBERT STACK, 84, grimacing movie stalwart; of heart failure; in Los Angeles. Over a 60-year career, he is best remembered as Eliot Ness in TV's The Untouchables. But the L.A. native was equally impressive in 1950s epics by Budd Boetticher (The Bullfighter and the Lady), Samuel Fuller (House of Bamboo) and William Wellman (The High and the Mighty). Beneath his rugged looks and rough voice, Stack often suggested a psychic danger, an imminent imploding that got him an Oscar nomination for Written on the Wind and gave his Ness the undertone of obsessiveness: a G-man Javert. As host of Unsolved...

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