- Lionel Stander, Hart to Hart, TV. Robert Wagner, TV’’s Cary Grant, wanted his pal the ex-world middleweight boxing champion as Max, the Hart couple’s butler and general all-around help. Max, never written as a black man, got ABC suits worried. They didn’t want “Sugar Ray Slavery” headlines or a new Rochester. The pilot director, writer Tom Mankiewicz, found Stander in the studio commissary. “Here’s the thing. I like to do the least amount of work for the most amount of money. Said Tom: “I think this part is right upyour alley, Lionel.” And proved a great comeback for the 50s blacklist victim.
Usual occupation: World middleweight boxing cham[ionBirth year: 1921Death year: 1989Other name: Casting Calls: 1