Stephen Elliott (1918–2005)

Stephen Elliott (1918–2005)

First Published: August 2001
Editor's Note:
In many respects Stephen Elliott was one of the inspirations for this feature at IndustryCentral. Whenever we saw Stephen playing one of his characters, we were inspired by how easily we accepted him in which ever role we found him. Although it took us quite a while to pin he and wife Alice Hirson (see October 2001) down to acquire the materials to publish this profile, we think I was well worth it... We trust you will too!
Stephen Elliott | "Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

Stephen Elliott | "Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

Stephen Elliott | Working Actor
Stephen Elliott | "Report to the Commissioner" (1975)
Stephen Elliott | "Report to the Commissioner" (1975)
Stephen Elliott | "Arthur" (1981)
Charles Bronson, Stephen Elliott | "Assassination" (1987)
Dudley Moore, Stephen Elliott | "Arthur 2: On the Rocks" (1988)
Dudley Moore, Stephen Elliott | "Arthur 2: On the Rocks" (1988)
Dudley Moore, Stephen Elliott | "Arthur 2: On the Rocks" (1988)
Dudley Moore, Stephen Elliott | "Arthur 2: On the Rocks" (1988)
Stephen Elliott | "Arthur 2: On the Rocks" (1988)
Dudley Moore, Cynthia Sikes, Stephen Elliott | "Arthur 2: On the Rocks" (1988)
Stephen Elliott | Working Actor
Stephen Elliott | Working Actor
Stephen Elliott | Working Actor
Stephen Elliott | Working Actor
Stephen Elliott | Working Actor
Stephen Elliott | Working Actor
Stephen Elliott | Working Actor

Stephen Elliott was born on November 27, 1918 in New York City. He died on May 21, 2005 (age 86) in Woodland Hills, California. He performed literally thousands of roles on stage and screen for well over half a century. His characters have shared the big and small screen with some of the most famous and decorated actors of all time.

He appeared with actors the likes of Jason Robards, Charles Bronson, Claudette Colbert, Peter Ustinov, Jose Ferrer, Ben Gazzara, George C. Scott, Dudley Moore, Eddie Murphy, Kim Hunter, Shirley Jones, Ethel Merman, Dana Andrews, Donna Reed, Richard Basehart, George Montgomery, Willem Dafoe, Sally Field, Jeff Bridges, and James Caan, to name but a few.

Stephen Elliott had been the casting choice for Directors such as Arthur Hiller, Bud Yorkin, Martin Brest, Robert Wise, Milton Katselas, and Michael Winner.

His long and decorated stage career, displayed his talents On and Off-Broadway, playing varied characters of Shakespeare, Ibsen, Arthur Miller, Sean O'Casey, Jean Anouilh, and on and on.

His first professional appearance was as "Duke Manten" in the National Company of "The Petrified Forest" - a role also played on stage and screen by the late Humphrey Bogart. After finishing his road tour he returned to New York and enrolled in the Neighborhood Playhouse were he studied under the guidance of Sanford Meisner and where he was discovered by Guthrie McClintic who was responsible for his first New York stage appearance in a comedy entitled "Spring Again" which starred that expert comedienne, the late Grace George.

Since that time his career had been shared On-Broadway, Off-Broadway, Motion Pictures, and Television. His outstanding performance in a Equity Library production of the late Sidney Howard's "Paths Of Glory" resulted in his first major assignment on the New York stage in "Command Decision" opposite the late Paul Kelly. Among other outstanding stage productions On-Broadway in which he appeared are Shakespeare's "The Tempest" with Vera Zorina, Arnold Moss, and Canada Lee; "The Wonderful Journey" with Sidney Blackme; "The Shrike" with Jose Ferrer; "Living The Life" With Alice Ghostley; "Roman Candle" with Robert Sterling; "The Disenchanted" with Jason Robarts, in which production he played the leading role during Mr. Robart's absence from the cast; "The Irregular Verb to Love" with Claudete Colbert and Cyril Richard;the Broadway production of Anouilh's "Traveler Without Luggage" in which he Co-Starred with Ben Gazzara, and as Peter Ustinov's Alter-Ego in the comedy, "Photo Finish".

Being a great admirer of Sean O'Casey, Stephen appeared in several of O'Casey's plays Off-Broadway including: "The Purple Dust", "Drums Under The Window", and the Paul Shyre adaptations of "Knock On The Door", and "Pictures In The Hallway".

Stephen Elliot, however may best be known for his Big Screen performances as the "Police Commissioner" in Charles Bronson film "Death Wish", or again playing a Police Commissioner in Milton Katselas' "Report To The Commissioner". And who can forget his gritty performance as the would be father-in-law in the two Dudley Moore "Arthur" comedies. Also notable performances in "The Hospital", the Arthur Hiller/Paddy Chayefsky comedy/drama starring George C. Scott, and Robert Wise's thriller "The Hindenberg" with an All-Star cast which included George C. Scott, Anne Bancroft, Gig Young, Burgess Meredith, Charles Durning, Richard A. Dysart, and Katherine Helmond.

Stephen was no stranger to the small screen either, having appeared in hundreds of TV episodes, mini-series and TV Movies, highlighted by: "Captain Video And His Video Rangers" (1949), "As The World Turns", "A World Apart", "Columbo", "How The West Was Won" the mini-series, "Young Joe, The Forgotten Kennedy", "The Ordeal Of Patty Hearst", "Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy", "Dallas", "Perry Mason", and "Chicago Hope".

Stephen Elliott's advice to the aspiring actor:

When I first started in the business of acting, it wasn't about the Movies or Hollywood, it was about learning a craft on a stage bathed in the warmth (hopefully) of a living, breathing, laughing, and crying audience. These values seem to be missing today! I think our best performances today still come from those with a strong background in the theater.

Stephen Elliott's Credits
 1994-1999 Chicago Hope (TV Series)
Judge Harold Aldrich
- Curing Cancer (1999) ... Judge Harold Aldrich
- Three Men and a Lady (1996) ... Judge Harold Aldrich
- The Ethics of Hope (1995) ... Judge Harold Aldrich
- Every Day a Little Death (1995) ... Judge Harold Aldrich
- The Virus (1995) ... Judge Harold Aldrich
 1991-1993 Law & Order (TV Series)
Dr. Hogan / Judge Neil Markham
- Virus (1993) ... Dr. Hogan
- The Secret Sharers (1991) ... Judge Neil Markham
 1993 Shaky Ground (TV Series)
- Asbestos and Costello (1993) ... Heywood
- Pet Sematary (1993) ... Heywood
 1991 Pros and Cons (TV Series)
Gene Hastings
- May the Best Man Win (1991) ... Gene Hastings
 1991 Equal Justice (TV Series)
Dr. Strathmore
- Do No Harm (1991) ... Dr. Strathmore
 1990 The Great Los Angeles Earthquake (TV Movie)
Dr. Owen Parker
 1989 Dear John (TV Series)
Phil Lacey
- Fathers Know Best (1989) ... Phil Lacey
 1989 When He's Not a Stranger (TV Movie)
Attorney Foster
 1975-1989 Columbo (TV Series)
General Padget / Carl Donner
- Grand Deceptions (1989) ... General Padget
- A Deadly State of Mind (1975) ... Carl Donner
 1988 Trial and Error (TV Series)
Edmund Kittle
- Strike Three, You're Out (1988) ... Edmund Kittle
- Ring of Truth (1988) ... Edmund Kittle
- Deride and Conquer (1988) ... Edmund Kittle
- Casino Night (1988) ... Edmund Kittle
- Born to Squirm (1988) ... Edmund Kittle
 1988 Remo Williams: The Prophecy (TV Movie)
Harold W. Smith
 1988 Arthur 2: On the Rocks
Burt Johnson
 1986-1987 Hotel (TV Series)
George Sandler / George Stanton
- Revelations (1987) ... George Stanton
- Shadows of Doubt: Part 2 (1986) ... George Sandler
- Shadows of Doubt: Part 1 (1986) ... George Sandler
 1987 Max Headroom (TV Series)
Clive Thatcher
- Grossberg's Return (1987) ... Clive Thatcher
 1987 Walk Like a Man
Walter Welmont
 1980-1987 Dallas (TV Series)
Scotty Demarest
- War and Peace (1987) ... Scotty Demarest
- Some Good, Some Bad (1987) ... Scotty Demarest
- Sentences (1985) ... Scotty Demarest
- The Verdict (1985) ... Scotty Demarest
- Trial & Error (1985) ... Scotty Demarest
 1987 Perry Mason: The Case of the Lost Love (TV Movie)
Elliot Moore
 1987 Assassination
 1987 Sledge Hammer! (TV Series)
Gilmore Yates
- The Old Man and the Sledge (1987) ... Gilmore Yates
 1986 Blacke's Magic (TV Series)
 1984-1986 Benson (TV Series)
Whitey Endicott / Mr. Endicott
- The Bucks Stop Here (1986) ... Whitey Endicott
- The Endicott Dynasty (1984) ... Mr. Endicott
 1984-1986 Scarecrow and Mrs. King (TV Series)
Karl Eagles / Jay Armin
- The Triumvirate (1986) ... Karl Eagles
- Weekend (1984) ... Jay Armin
 1985 Midas Valley (TV Movie)
Elias Markov
 1985 Highway to Heaven (TV Series)
Mr. Armstrong
- Thoroughbreds: Part 2 (1985) ... Mr. Armstrong
- Thoroughbreds: Part 1 (1985) ... Mr. Armstrong
 1985 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Dr. Samuel 'Sam' Garver
- Armed Response (1985) ... Dr. Samuel 'Sam' Garver
 1984 Vultures
Theater Attendant
 1984 Beverly Hills Cop
Chief Hubbard
 1984 St. Elsewhere (TV Series)
Manny Schecter
- Up on the Roof (1984) ... Manny Schecter
- Fade to White (1984) ... Manny Schecter
- My Aim Is True (1984) ... Manny Schecter
- Breathless (1984) ... Manny Schecter
- Strikeout (1984) ... Manny Schecter
 1984 Faerie Tale Theatre (TV Series)
The Father
- Beauty and the Beast (1984) ... The Father
 1984 Maximum Security (TV Series)
- Pilot (1984) ... Warden
 1984 Roadhouse 66
 1984 The New Mike Hammer (TV Series)
- Dead on a Dime (1984) ... Kohlmyer
 1983 Prototype (TV Movie)
Dr. Arthur Jarrett
 1983 Remington Steele (TV Series)
Norman Baines
- My Fair Steele (1983) ... Norman Baines
 1983 The Mississippi (TV Series)
Henry Asher
- Crisis of Identity (1983) ... Henry Asher
 1982 Kiss Me Goodbye
 1982 Magnum, P.I. (TV Series)
Rear Admiral Philip Wheeler, USN
- Almost Home (1982) ... Rear Admiral Philip Wheeler, USN
 1982 Little House on the Prairie (TV Series)
Spencer Hollingsworth
- The Empire Builders (1982) ... Spencer Hollingsworth
 1982 Not in Front of the Children (TV Movie)
Reverend John Carruthers
 1982 My Body, My Child (TV Movie)
Dr. Gallagher
 1981-1982 Falcon Crest (TV Series)
Douglas Channing
- Penultimate Questions (1982) ... Douglas Channing
- The Good, the Bad, and the Profane (1982) ... Douglas Channing
- Heir Apparent (1982) ... Douglas Channing
- House of Cards (1982) ... Douglas Channing
- Dark Journey (1982) ... Douglas Channing
 1979-1982 Quincy M.E. (TV Series)
Raymond Craddock / Dr. Paul Chase
- To Clear the Air (1982) ... Raymond Craddock
- Mode of Death (1979) ... Dr. Paul Chase
 1981 Hardcase (TV Movie)
Cliff Mulburgher
 1981 Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (TV Movie)
Joseph P. Kennedy
 1981 Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years (TV Mini-Series)
William Randolph Hearst
- Down and Out (1981) ... William Randolph Hearst
 1981 Arthur
Burt Johnson
 1981 Cutter's Way
J. J. Cord
 1981 Nero Wolfe (TV Series)
Mr. Herold
- Might as Well Be Dead (1981) ... Mr. Herold
 1981 Taxi (TV Series)
Ed McKenzie
- Thy Boss' Wife (1981) ... Ed McKenzie
 1980 Hagen (TV Series)
- Hagen (Pilot) (1980) ... Lundeen
 1980 Hart to Hart (TV Series)
Steven Baldwin
- Which Way, Freeway? (1980) ... Steven Baldwin
 1979 Bender (TV Series)
- Bender (1979)
 1979 Mrs. R's Daughter (TV Movie)
James Karp
 1979 Son-Rise: A Miracle of Love (TV Movie)
Abe Kaufman
 1979 Greatest Heroes of the Bible (TV Series)
- Jacob's Challenge (1979) ... Isaac
 1979 Vega$ (TV Series)
Colonel Mitchell
- Touch of Death (1979) ... Colonel Mitchell
 1979 The Ordeal of Patty Hearst (TV Movie)
Randolph Hearst
 1979 Some Kind of Miracle (TV Movie)
Arthur Nicoff
 1978 Lou Grant (TV Series)
Chip Murphy
- Slaughter (1978) ... Chip Murphy
 1978 Betrayal (TV Movie)
Judge Allan Myers
 1978 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
John Enslow
- Deadly Courier (1978) ... John Enslow
 1978 Overboard (TV Movie)
 1978 Sergeant Matlovich vs. the U.S. Air Force (TV Movie)
Mat's Father
 1978 How the West Was Won (TV Series)
Zachary Knight
- Brothers (1978) ... Zachary Knight
- The Judge (1978) ... Zachary Knight
- Deek (1978) ... Zachary Knight
- Cattle Drive (1978) ... Zachary Knight
 1978 ABC Afterschool Specials (TV Series)
Dan Meredith
- Mom and Dad Can't Hear Me (1978) ... Dan Meredith
 1978 The Rockford Files (TV Series)
Dr. Herbert Brinkman
- The Competitive Edge (1978) ... Dr. Herbert Brinkman
 1977 The Six Million Dollar Man (TV Series)
Morgan Grayland
- Sharks: Part 2 (1977) ... Morgan Grayland
- Sharks: Part 1 (1977) ... Morgan Grayland
 1977 Young Joe, the Forgotten Kennedy (TV Movie)
Joseph Kennedy Sr.
 1977 The November Plan (TV Movie)
Harold Delaney
 1977 The Bionic Woman (TV Series)
- Iron Ships and Dead Men (1977) ... Duke
 1976-1977 Executive Suite (TV Series)
Howell Rutledge
- Re: Aftermath of a Tragedy (1977) ... Howell Rutledge
- Re: Passionate Journey (1977) ... Howell Rutledge
- Re: The Rules of Seduction (1977) ... Howell Rutledge
- Re: The Woman Inside (1977) ... Howell Rutledge
- Re: Kin Less Than Kind (1977) ... Howell Rutledge
 1976 The Tony Randall Show (TV Series)
- Case: The DeNecki Debacle (1976) ... DeNecki
 1976 Visions (TV Series)
Dr. Markle
- Two Brothers (1976) ... Dr. Markle
 1976 The Invasion of Johnson County (TV Movie)
Colonel Van Horn
 1976 City of Angels (TV Series)
- The November Plan: Part 1 (1976) ... Delaney
 1975 The Hindenburg
Captain Fellows
 1975 Bronk (TV Series)
Captain Glazier
- There's Gonna Be a War (1975) ... Captain Glazier
 1975 Beacon Hill (TV Series)
Benjamin Lassiter
- The Pretenders (1975) ... Benjamin Lassiter
- The Test (1975) ... Benjamin Lassiter
- The Suitors (1975) ... Benjamin Lassiter
- The Million Dollar Gate (1975) ... Benjamin Lassiter
- The Speakeasy (1975) ... Benjamin Lassiter
 1975 Petrocelli (TV Series)
Martin Granger
- Death in Small Doses (1975) ... Martin Granger
 1975 Report to the Commissioner
Police Commissioner
 1975 Kojak (TV Series)
Tyler Meadows
- Elegy in an Asphalt Graveyard (1975) ... Tyler Meadows
 1974 The Manhunter (TV Series)
Van Phillips
- A.W.O.L. to Kill (1974) ... Van Phillips
 1974 Barnaby Jones (TV Series)
James Everett Brock
- Web of Deceit (1974) ... James Everett Brock
 1974 The Gun (TV Movie)
Art Hilliard
 1974 The Chinese Prime Minister (TV Movie)
Sir Gregory
 1974 Death Wish
Police Commissioner
 1973 Steambath (TV Movie)
 1973 Pueblo (TV Movie)
RAdm. F.L. Johnson
 1971 The Hospital
Dr. Sundstrom
 1971 A World Apart (TV Series)
Jack Condon
- Episode dated 25 June 1971 (1971) ... Jack Condon
 1966 Hawk (TV Series)
Sam Passini
- "H" Is a Dirty Letter (1966) ... Sam Passini
 1963 The Doctors and the Nurses (TV Series)
James Breden
- Night Sounds (1963) ... James Breden
 1960 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
Joe Romero
- Raid in Beatnik Village (1960) ... Joe Romero
 1958 Young Dr. Malone (TV Series)
 1957-1958 The Edge of Night (TV Series)
Peter Dalton
- Episode #1.664 (1958) ... Peter Dalton
- Episode #1.457 (1957) ... Peter Dalton (uncredited)
- Episode #1.452 (1957) ... Peter Dalton (uncredited)
- Episode #1.450 (1957) ... Peter Dalton (uncredited)
- Episode #1.447 (1957) ... Peter Dalton (uncredited)
 1957 Street of Sinners
Bit part
 1957 The Big Story (TV Series)
Arnie Bauer
- Exposure (1957) ... Arnie Bauer
 1956 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Mike Dundee
- The Drop of a Hat (1956) ... Mike Dundee
 1956 As the World Turns (TV Series)
Dr. Jerry Stephens (1960-1962)
 1955 I Spy (TV Series)
 1955 Canyon Crossroads
 1954 Captain Video and His Video Rangers (TV Series)
Dr. Pauli
- The Return of Tobor (1954) ... Dr. Pauli
 1954 Three Hours to Kill
Sheriff Ben East
 1954 Inner Sanctum (TV Series)
- Family Skeleton (1954) ... Sergeant (as Steve Elliott)
 1954 The Secret Storm (TV Series)
 1953 Martin Kane (TV Series)
Mickey Seller
- Trip to Bermuda (1953) ... Mickey Seller
 1953 Monodrama Theater (TV Series)
 1952-1953 Tales of Tomorrow (TV Series)
- The Horn (1952) ... Lippitt
 1951 Danger (TV Series)
 1949-1951 Hands of Mystery (TV Series)
- The Smuggler (1951) ... (as Steve Elliott)
- Return to Life (1950) ... (as Steve Elliott)
- Purpose of Hate (1950) ... (as Steve Elliott)
- The Man in the Mirror (1950) ... (as Steve Elliott)
 1949 Actor's Studio (TV Series)
- The Midway (1949)
  • Whistle in the Dark - (Drama Desk Award)
  • Marat-Sade - (Tony Nomination)
  • Prodigal Daughter
  • Creation of the World and Other Business
  • Georgy
  • Gypsy
  • The Gay Life
  • Command Decision
  • The Tempest
  • King Lear
  • The Miser
  • Playboy of the Western World
  • Mary Stuart
  • Crucible
  • Ride Across Lake Constance
  • Cry of the Players
  • In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer
  • Enemy of the People
  • Good Women of Szetwan

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