(DECEASED) ORIGINAL Autograph 8 x 10 EXCELLENT SIGNATURE QUALITY AUTHENTICATED BY JSA (JAMES SPENCE AUTHENTICATION) Robert Stack (born Charles Langford Modini Stack, January 13, 1919-May 14, 2003) was an American actor, sportsman, and television host. In addition to acting in more than 40 feature films, he starred in the ABC-TV television series The Untouchables (1959-63), for which he won the 1960 Emmy Award for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series, and later hosted Unsolved Mysteries (1987 - 2002). He was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the film Written on the Wind (1956). Stack took drama courses at Bridgewater State College. His deep voice and good looks attracted producers in Hollywood. When Stack visited the lot of Universal Studios at age 20, producer Joe Pasternak offered him an opportunity to enter the business. Recalled Stack, "He said, 'How'd you like to be in pictures? We'll make a test with Helen Parrish, a little love scene.' Helen Parrish was a beautiful girl. 'Gee, that sounds keen,' I told him. I got the part." Stack's first film, which teamed him with Deanna Durbin, was First Love (1939); this film was considered controversial at the time. He was the first actor to give Durbin an on-screen kiss. Stack won acclaim for his next role, The Mortal Storm (1940) starring Margaret Sullivan and James Stewart, and directed by Frank Borzage. He played a young man who joins the Nazi party. As a youth, Stack mentioned that he had a crush on Carole Lombard and he appeared with her in To Be or Not To Be (1942). He admitted he was terrified going into this role, but he credited Lombard with giving him many tips on acting and with being his mentor. Lombard was killed in a plane crash shortly before the film was released. During World War II, Stack served as gunnery instructor in the United States Navy. He continued his film career with roles in such films as Fighter Squadron (1948) with Edmond O'Brien; A Date with Judy (1948) starring Wallace Beery and Elizabeth Taylor; and the adventure epic Bwana Devil (1952), considered the first color, American 3-D feature film. In Written on the Wind (1956) Stack appeared opposite John Wayne in The High and the Mighty (1954), playing the pilot of an airliner who comes apart under stress after the airliner encounters engine trouble. Stack was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Written on the Wind (1956), directed by Douglas Sirk. He felt the primary reason he lost the Oscar to Anthony Quinn was that 20th Century Fox, who had loaned him to Universal-International, organized block voting against him to prevent one of their contract players from winning an Academy Award while working at another studio. Robert and Rosemarie Stack at home in 1961. Stack portrayed the crime-fighting Eliot Ness in the award-winning ABC television hit drama series, The Untouchables (195963). The show portrayed the ongoing battle between gangsters and a special squad of federal agents in prohibition-era Chicago. The show won Stack a Best Actor Emmy Award in 1960. He starred in three other drama series, rotating the lead with Tony Franciosa and Gene Barry in the lavish The Name of the Game (19681971), Most Wanted, (1976) and Strike Force (1981). In The Name of the Game, he played a former federal agent turned true-crime journalist, evoking memories of his role as Ness. In both Most Wanted and Strike Force he played a tough, incorruptible police captain commanding an elite squad of special investigators, also evoking the Ness role. Eventually, he reprised the role in a 1991 television movie, The Return of Eliot Ness. With Gene Barry and Tony Franciosa in The Name of the Game (1968-1971) He parodied his own persona in comedies such as 1941 (1979), Airplane! (1980), Caddyshack II (1988), Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (1996) and BASEketball (1998). He also provided the voice for the character Ultra Magnus in The Transformers: The Movie (1986). He appeared in the television miniseries Hollywood Wives in 1985, and appeared in several episodes of the primetime soap opera Falcon Crest in 1986. Stack's series Strike Force was opposite Falcon Crest, where it quickly folded. He began hosting Unsolved Mysteries in 1987. He thought very highly of the interactive nature of the show, saying that it created a "symbiotic" relationship between viewer and program, and that the hotline was a great crime-solving tool. Unsolved Mysteries aired from 1987 to 2002, first as specials in 1987 (Stack did not host all the specials, which were previously hosted by Raymond Burr and Karl Malden), then as a regular series on NBC (198897), then on CBS (199799) and finally on Lifetime (200102). Stack served as the show's host during its entire original series run. In 1991, Stack voiced the main police officer Lt. Littleboy (who is also the main protagonist and narrator) in The Real Story of Baa Baa Black Sheep. For a brief period between 20012002, Stack voiced Stoat Muldoon, a character featured on the computer-animated television series, Butt-Ugly Martians on Nickelodeon. In 1996, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars was dedicated to him.