Lynn Stalmaster

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Lynn Arlen Stalmaster (born November 17, 1927 in Omaha , Nebraska , † February 12, 2021 in Los Angeles , California ) was an American casting director and actor who has worked in nearly 400 film and television productions during his career. In 2016 he was awarded the Honorary Oscar for his services .


Stalmaster was the older brother of the actor Hal Stalmaster (* 1940). After a career in the United States Army , Stalmaster received supporting roles in the films The Hell of Korea and Wings of Steel, as well as in television series. After he first worked as a casting director for the radio play Big Town , he established himself in this field and gave up acting. In 1955 he opened his own casting agency, making him one of the first independent casting directors in Hollywood.

Stalmaster's career peaked in the 1970s, when he appeared in more than forty films. In addition, Stalmaster was also responsible for several television series as casting director. In the course of his career, Stalmaster was involved in nearly 400 film productions.

After the 2006 film A Lobster Tale , Stalmaster ended his career as a casting director. He has been married twice and has two children. In 2016, Stalmaster was the first person working in this field to be awarded the Honorary Oscar of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his services.

Filmography (selection)

As a casting director

As an actor

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Lynn Stalmaster Dies: Academy Award-Winning Casting Director Was 93
  2. 10 Questions with Hal Stalmaster (Johnny Tremain). February 13, 2014, accessed February 15, 2021 (American English).
  3. ^ Jacob Bryant: Famed Casting Agent Lynn Stalmaster Credits Acting Background for Career Success. In: Variety . November 11, 2016, accessed June 12, 2017 .