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Max Showalter is a Actor American born on 2 june 1917 at Caldwell (USA)

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Birth name Max Gordon Showalter
Nationality USA
Birth 2 june 1917 at Caldwell (USA)
Death 30 july 2000 (at 83 years) at Middletown (USA)

Max Showalter (June 2, 1917 – July 30, 2000) was an American film, television, and stage actor, as well as a composer, pianist, and singer. One of Showalter's most memorable roles was as Jean Peters' character's husband in the 1953 film Niagara. Showalter is also credited as Casey Adams.


Après avoir reçu une formation de chanteur et de pianiste, Max Showalter entame une carrière d'acteur au théâtre. À Broadway, il débute en 1939-1940 dans la comédie musicale Very Warm for May du tandem Jerome Kern-Oscar Hammerstein II, mise en scène par Vincente Minnelli, avec entre autres June Allyson, Eve Arden, Vera-Ellen et Richard Quine. Sa dernière collaboration avec Broadway, comme compositeur, est pour la comédie musicale Harrigan 'N Hart , créée en 1984, notamment par Harry Groener et Mark Hamill.

Dans l'intervalle (comme acteur et chanteur), citons la comédie musicale Show Boat du même tandem Kern-Hammerstein (1946-1947), ainsi que la pièce de Norman Krasna John Loves Mary, mise en scène par Joshua Logan (1947-1948, avec Lyle Bettger, Tom Ewell et Nina Foch).

Au cinéma, il contribue à quarante-quatre films américains (produits notamment par la 20th Century Fox), le premier sorti en 1949. Les deux derniers sont Les Moissons du printemps de Richard Benjamin (avec Sean Penn, Elizabeth McGovern et Nicolas Cage) et Seize bougies pour Sam de John Hughes (avec Molly Ringwald et Michael Schoeffling), sortis en 1984 (après quoi il se retire). S'y ajoute le film italien Smog de Franco Rossi (1962, avec Enrico Maria Salerno et Annie Girardot).

Parmi ses autres films notables, mentionnons What Price Glory de John Ford (1952, avec James Cagney et Corinne Calvet), Niagara d'Henry Hathaway (1953, avec Marilyn Monroe, Joseph Cotten et Jean Peters), Les Nus et les Morts de Raoul Walsh (1958, avec Raymond Massey et Cliff Robertson), ou encore Elle de Blake Edwards (1979, avec Dudley Moore et Julie Andrews).

À noter qu'il retrouve Richard Quine devenu réalisateur sur cinq films, dont Train, amour et crustacés (1959, avec Doris Day et Jack Lemmon) et Comment tuer votre femme (1965, avec Jack Lemmon et Virna Lisi), le second où il chante et joue au piano.

Pour la télévision, Max Showalter apparaît dans quarante-cinq séries dès 1949, dont La Quatrième Dimension (un épisode, 1961) et Perry Mason (six épisodes, 1958-1965). La dernière est La croisière s'amuse, avec deux épisodes en 1982 et 1983. Il participe également à trois téléfilms, diffusés respectivement en 1964, 1975 et 1981.

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Ben Nye
Ben Nye
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Lyle Wheeler
Lyle Wheeler
(6 films)
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Filmography of Max Showalter (43 films)

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Racing with the Moon, 1h48
Directed by Richard Benjamin
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama, Romance
Themes Pregnancy films
Actors Sean Penn, Elizabeth McGovern, Nicolas Cage, John Karlen, Rutanya Alda, Max Showalter
Roles Mr. Arthur, Piano Teacher
Rating65% 3.2961753.2961753.2961753.2961753.296175
The film is set in 1942California, in and around Mendocino. Penn plays Henry 'Hopper' Nash, a small town boy who has been drafted into the U.S. Marine Corps and is about to serve overseas. He is close friends with Nicky (Cage), who is also about to be deployed. They have approximately six weeks before shipping out; the film portrays their remaining time as civilians.
Sixteen Candles, 1h33
Directed by John Hughes
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romance
Themes L'adolescence, Films about children, Films about families, Films about sexuality, Teen movie, Films about marriage, Films about virginity
Actors Molly Ringwald, Paul Dooley, Justin Henry, Anthony Michael Hall, Michael Schoeffling, Gedde Watanabe
Roles Grandpa Fred
Rating69% 3.4981853.4981853.4981853.4981853.498185
High school sophomore Samantha "Sam" Baker (Molly Ringwald) struggles to get through the day on her 16th birthday, which her entire family has forgotten about because her older sister, Ginny, is getting married the next day. She is also plagued by infatuation with a popular and attractive senior, Jake Ryan (Michael Schoeffling). At school she fares no better when she finds out that a completed "sex quiz," which she tried to surreptitiously slip to her friend, never reached her friend and, unbeknownst to either of them, was picked up by Jake. Sam panics because the quiz contains sensitive information, such as she is a virgin and is saving herself for Jake.
10 (1979)
, 2h2
Directed by Blake Edwards
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films
Actors Dudley Moore, Julie Andrews, Robert Webber, Dee Wallace, Bo Derek, Sam J. Jones
Roles Reverend
Rating60% 3.0472453.0472453.0472453.0472453.047245
During a surprise 42nd birthday party for wealthy, well-known composer George Webber (Dudley Moore), thrown by his actress girlfriend Samantha Taylor (Julie Andrews), he finds he's coping badly with incipient middle age. From his car, George glimpses a bride-to-be (Bo Derek) and is instantly obsessed by her beauty, following her to the church, where he crashes into a police cruiser, is stung by a bee and nearly disrupts the wedding ceremony.
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, 1h53
Directed by Michael Schultz
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Adventure, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Peter Frampton, Frankie Howerd, Paul Nicholas, Donald Pleasence, Steve Martin, Alice Cooper
Roles Ernest Shears
Rating42% 2.1030452.1030452.1030452.1030452.103045
Le bonheur et l'harmonie règnent à Heartland, symbolisées par un ancien militaire, le sergent Pepper, qui a fondé un groupe de musique nommé Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Des jeunes musiciens modernes recréant sa musique se font engager par un producteur de disques à Los Angeles, M. Kite. M. Mustard, maléfique promoteur immobilier assoiffé d'argent, en profite pour corrompre Heartland.
Bonnie's Kids, 1h45
Directed by Arthur Marks
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Crime
Actors Tiffany Bolling, Steve Sandor, Robin Mattson, Scott Brady, Alex Rocco, Leo Gordon
Roles Frank
Rating61% 3.0936253.0936253.0936253.0936253.093625
Sisters Myra and Ellie have finally had enough of their miserable, dead-end lives. When their step-father Charley tries to rape Myra, Ellie shoots him with a shotgun and the pair run off to their wealthy uncle's mansion in El Paso. From that point on the two undergo a transformation in their personalities and start to enjoy living their lives on the wild side.
The Anderson Tapes, 1h39
Directed by Sidney Lumet
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Heist films, Gangster films, Escroquerie
Actors Sean Connery, Dyan Cannon, Martin Balsam, Alan King, Ralph Meeker, Christopher Walken
Roles Bingham
Rating63% 3.1973153.1973153.1973153.1973153.197315
Burglar John "Duke" Anderson (Sean Connery) is released after ten years in prison. He renews his relationship with his old girlfriend, Ingrid (Dyan Cannon). She lives in a high-class apartment block (1 East 91st Street) in New York City and Anderson, almost instantly, decides to burgle the entire building in a single sweep — filling a furniture van with the proceeds. He gains financing from a nostalgic Mafia boss and gathers his four-man crew. Also included is an old ex-con drunk, "Pop" (Stan Gottlieb), whom Anderson met in jail, and who is to play concierge while the real one is bound and gagged in the cellar.
The Moonshine War, 1h40
Directed by Richard Quiney
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Crime, Western
Actors Patrick McGoohan, Alan Alda, Richard Widmark, Teri Garr, Will Geer, Melodie Johnson Howe
Roles Mr. Worthman
Rating59% 2.9519652.9519652.9519652.9519652.951965
A man called Son Martin makes moonshine whiskey, owning and operating a profitable still in Prohibition-era Kentucky. One day, he gets a visit from an old Army acquaintance, Frank Long, who is now an Internal Revenue agent.
A Talent for Loving, 1h50
Directed by Richard Quiney
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy, Western
Actors Richard Widmark, Cesar Romero, Geneviève Page, Derek Nimmo, Caroline Munro, Chaim Topol
Roles Franklin
Rating46% 2.348622.348622.348622.348622.34862
A gambler named Patten wins the deed to a Mexico ranch, but finds a curse has been placed on the place. Don Jose must marry off his beautiful, nymphomaniacal daughter to permanently free her of the curse.
Lord Love a Duck, 1h45
Directed by George Axelrod
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Films about education
Actors Roddy McDowall, Tuesday Weld, Lola Albright, Ruth Gordon, Harvey Korman, Max Showalter
Roles Howard Greene
Rating62% 3.1472053.1472053.1472053.1472053.147205
From his prison cell, Alan Musgrave dictates his experiences of the previous year, which he dedicated to fulfilling the unending wishes and ambitions of high school senior Barbara Ann Greene. The daughter of Marie, a cocktail waitress sinking unhappily into her forties, Barbara wants every kind of success and for everyone to love her. Signing a pact with Alan in wet cement, Barbara soon has the 12 cashmere sweaters needed to join an exclusive girls' club. She drops out of school to become the principal's new secretary and gets involved in church activities run by strait-laced but hyper-hormonal Bob Bernard. When Barbara Ann decides she wants Bob for her husband, Alan facilitates by keeping Bob's eccentric mother Stella, who disapproves of Barbara Ann, perpetually plastered. Then Barbara meets schlock producer T. Harrison Belmont, the King of Beach Party movies, and decides to become the biggest star that ever was. Bob refuses, however, to allow his wife to have a Hollywood screen test, so Barbara Ann decides she wants a divorce. Since Bob's mother frowns upon divorce, Alan takes matters into his own hands to kill Bob. Although Bob proves to be almost indestructible, by graduation time Alan has him in a wheelchair. At the graduation ceremony, Alan pursues Bob with a tractor, humorously killing him and everyone else on the speakers' platform. Barbara Ann goes on to Hollywood fame in her debut film "Bikini Widow", while Alan is sent to prison.
How to Murder Your Wife, 1h58
Directed by Richard Quiney
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romance
Themes La bande dessinée
Actors Jack Lemmon, Virna Lisi, Terry-Thomas, Claire Trevor, Eddie Mayehoff, Sidney Blackmer
Roles Tobey Rawlins
Rating64% 3.2479853.2479853.2479853.2479853.247985
Stanley Ford (Jack Lemmon) is a successful, happily unmarried cartoonist enjoying the comforts of a well-to-do existence in an urban townhouse, including the services of his loyal and attentive valet, Charles Firbank (Terry-Thomas). Stanley's comic strip, Bash Brannigan, is a secret-agent thriller characterized by a high level of realism: no matter how outrageous the plot may seem, Stanley will not allow Brannigan to do anything physically impossible or use gadgets that don't exist. He hires actors and sets up elaborate enactments of storylines, playing Brannigan himself, while Charles takes photographs Stanley will use as models.
Fate Is the Hunter, 1h46
Directed by Ralph Nelson
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Transport films, Aviation films, Disaster films, American disaster films, Films about aviation accidents or incidents
Actors Glenn Ford, Nancy Kwan, Rod Taylor, Suzanne Pleshette, Jane Russell, Constance Towers
Roles Dan Crawford
Rating67% 3.3941453.3941453.3941453.3941453.394145
Pilot Jack Savage (Rod Taylor) is suspected of drinking and causing an airliner crash that kills 53 people and leaves only a single survivor, Martha Webster (Susanne Pleshette), a flight attendant. The captain's wartime buddy, airline executive Sam C. McBane (Glenn Ford), is convinced of his friend's innocence and investigates doggedly. Flashbacks deal with both Jack's past and Sam meeting him, plus others they used to know.
Sex and the Single Girl, 1h50
Directed by Richard Quiney
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romance
Themes Films about writers, Films about journalists, Psychologie, Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Psychanalyse
Actors Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood, Henry Fonda, Lauren Bacall, Mel Ferrer, Fran Jeffries
Roles Holmes
Rating64% 3.2009053.2009053.2009053.2009053.200905
Bob Weston works for STOP, a scandal magazine. His colleague has written a dirty article about Helen Gurley Brown, the author of a best-selling new book with advice to single women on how to deal with men, calling her a virgin. She is very offended. Due to this article, Helen has lost six appointments. Weston wants to interview her, but she refuses to see him.
Move Over, Darling, 1h43
Directed by Michael Gordon
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Films about marriage
Actors Doris Day, James Garner, Polly Bergen, Thelma Ritter, Don Knotts, Chuck Connors
Roles Hotel Desk Clerk
Rating68% 3.4473053.4473053.4473053.4473053.447305
Ellen Wagstaff Arden (Doris Day), a mother of two young girls named Jenny and Didi, was believed to be lost at sea following an airplane accident. Her husband, Nick Arden (James Garner), was one of the survivors.
My Six Loves, 1h41
Directed by Gower Champion
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Debbie Reynolds, Cliff Robertson, David Janssen, Barry Livingston, Eileen Heckart, Hans Conried
Roles B. J. Smith
Rating64% 3.241543.241543.241543.241543.24154
Janice Courtney is a big success on Broadway, but the busy actress collapses from exhaustion. A doctor orders her to return to her Connecticut home for a long rest.