DIED. ROBERT STACK, 84, actor; in Los Angeles. Though best remembered as TV's Eliot Ness in The Untouchables, Stack was most impressive in seminal films by Ernst Lubitsch (To Be or Not to Be), Budd Boetticher (The Bullfighter and the Lady) and William Wellman (The High and the Mighty). His rugged looks and sermonizing voice made him a natural lead, but beneath this facade lay an edgy undertone of obsessiveness. Stack later appeared in Airplane! and, as host of Unsolved Mysteries, brought his sermon-on-the-mount voice to semi-plausible stories of missing persons and unquiet ghosts.


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