The Info List - Lynn Stalmaster

Lynn Arlen Stalmaster (born November 17, 1927) is an American casting director.

Early life

Stalmaster was born to a Jewish family, the son of Irvin A. and Estelle Lapidus Stalmaster.[1] His father was the first person of Jewish descent as well as the youngest person appointed to the District Court of Nebraska.[2] He was also active in the local Jewish community serving as president of the Omaha B'nai Brith.[3] Stalmaster attended Dundee Elementary School in Midtown Omaha.[1] In 1938, his family moved to Beverly Hills, California where he attended Beverly Hills High School.[4] He overcame his shyness by acting in high school and college.[1] After serving in the U.S. Army, he received a degree in Theater Arts from UCLA.[4]


After school, Stalmaster got his first job in show business as an actor, appearing in the war movies The Steel Helmet (1951) and The Flying Leathernecks (1951). He also acted in the TV series Big Town but soon became involved in the casting department of the same show. Stalmaster established himself quickly as a solid casting director, finding steady work in both television and motion pictures. The name Lynn Stalmaster became well known especially to cinema-goers of the 1970s, when he was credited with casting more than 60 movies of the decade, among them; Fiddler on the Roof, Harold and Maude, The Cowboys, Deliverance, Rollerball, Silver Streak, Black Sunday, Coming Home, Convoy, The Rose, Superman and Being There.

Stalmaster was also responsible for casting TV-shows like Combat!, Gunsmoke, The Untouchables as well as Academy Award winning movies In the Heat of the Night, The Thomas Crown Affair, The Right Stuff and Brian De Palma's 1987 motion picture version of The Untouchables.

He is the older brother of actor Hal Stalmaster, who played the title role in the 1957 Walt Disney film Johnny Tremain, a young silversmith in the American Revolution.

In 2016, he received an Academy Honorary Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Filmography as casting director (partial list)


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