Harold J. Stone


Harold J. Stone (born Harold Hochstein, March 3, 1913 – November 18, 2005) was an American stage, radio, film, and television character actor.[2]

Harold J. Stone
Veteran character actor Harold J. Stone, 1972.jpg
Stone in 1972
Harold Hochstein

(1913-03-03)March 3, 1913
New York City, U.S.
DiedNovember 18, 2005(2005-11-18) (aged 92)
Resting placeMount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery
OccupationActor, stage director
Years active1939–1986
Spouse(s)Jean (m. ?–1960) (her death) (2 children)
(m. 1962⁠–⁠2005)
(his death) (1 child)[1]

Early life and stage careerEdit

Stone was born to a Jewish acting family. At age six, Stone debuted on stage with his father, Jacob Hochstein, in the play White Slaves. A graduate of New York University, he attended the University of Buffalo to study medicine, but he soon altered those career plans and decided instead to become an actor in order to support his mother.[1]

After gaining considerable acting experience in various plays during the 1930s, Stone was finally cast on Broadway, where between 1939 and the early 1950s he appeared in a series of critically acclaimed productions such as One Touch of Venus and Stalag 17. Some of his other Broadway credits include Morning Star (1939), A Bell for Adano (1944), S.S. Glencairn (1947), Abraham Cochrane (1963), Charley's Aunt (1970), and Ring Around the Bathtub (1971).[3] Later in his career, after working extensively in films and television, Stone periodically returned to the stage, where in the 1960s and 1970s he also directed several off-Broadway and Broadway productions, including Ernest in Love and Charley's Aunt.[citation needed]

Film and televisionEdit

Stone made his motion picture debut in the Alan Ladd film noir classic The Blue Dahlia (1946).[4] He then went on to work in small but memorable roles in such films as The Harder They Fall (1956) with Humphrey Bogart, Alfred Hitchcock's The Wrong Man (1956), Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956), The Garment Jungle (1957), The Invisible Boy (1957), Spartacus (1960), The Chapman Report (1962), X: The Man with the X-ray Eyes (1963), The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), Girl Happy (1965), The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967, as Frank Nitti), The Big Mouth (1967), the Danish film The Olsen Gang in a Fix (1969), The Seven Minutes (1971), Mitchell (1975), and Hardly Working (1980).

By 1949, Stone began to work increasingly on television as well as in films. That year he co-starred on the short-lived live television sitcom The Hartmans. He also performed as Jake Goldberg in the comedy-drama The Goldbergs and as Lieutenant Hauser in the crime series The Walter Winchell File.[4] In 1958 he played Rafe Larkin in the episode "The Last Comanchero" on the ABC/Warner Brothers Western series Cheyenne, and the next year he co-starred as a principal investigator in the syndicated series Grand Jury.[5] In the 1961–1962 season, Stone appeared three times in Stephen McNally's ABC crime drama Target: The Corruptors!. Then, in 1963, he appeared with Marsha Hunt in the ABC medical drama Breaking Point. In September 1964, he appeared in the Western series Bonanza in the episode "The Hostage". Also in 1964, Stone performed as the character of Greenbriar in the episode "The Fluellen Family" on the action-adventure series Daniel Boone.

In 1969–1970, Stone portrayed Hamilton Greeley in the NBC comedy series My World and Welcome to It.[6]: 737  He also played Sam Steinberg on the 1972-1973 CBS comedy Bridget Loves Bernie, and had the role of Charlie on the CBS comedy Joe and Sons (1975-1976).[6][6]: 536 

Stone eventually made more than 150 guest appearances on television series between the 1950s and mid-1980s. Some of those other series are U.S. Marshal, Stagecoach West, The Rifleman, Gunsmoke, Wagon Train, Cimarron City, The Restless Gun, The Alaskans, The Barbara Stanwyck Show, Sugarfoot, The Islanders, The Tall Man, The Roaring 20's, Empire, I Spy, The Virginian, The Untouchables, Wanted: Dead or Alive, Mr. Novak, The Twilight Zone, Route 66, Have Gun – Will Travel, The Big Valley, Trackdown (3 episodes),[citation needed] Going My Way, Gilligan's Island, Hogan's Heroes (3 episodes), Hawaii Five-O, Mannix, Get Smart, Griff, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Welcome Back Kotter, Three's Company, Barney Miller (3 episodes) and Charlie's Angels.

Personal life and deathEdit

Stone was married twice. His first wife, Jean, died in 1960. He married again in 1962 but two years later separated from his second wife. He had two sons and one daughter.[1] Stone died on November 18, 2005, at age 92, from natural causes at the Motion Picture and Television Retirement Home in the Woodland Hills section of Los Angeles.[1][2]


In 1964, Stone was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for his role in the CBS dramatic series The Nurses.[7]


Television appearances (selected)Edit

  • Wagon Train 'The Zeke Thomas Story' as Zeke Thomas (1957)
  • The Rifleman, "The Home Ranch" as Oat Jackford (1958), "Trail of Hate" as "Benjamin Stark" (1960) and "The Bullet" as "The Marshall" (1963)
  • Bonanza, "The Hostage" as "Chad Cord" (1964)
  • Voyage to the Bottom of the Seas, "Mutiny" as "Admiral Jiggs Starke" (1965)
  • The Virginian, "The Laramie Road" as "Ev Clinchy" (1965), "The Mark of a Man" as "Jake" (1966), "Ride to Delphi" as "Einar Carlson" (1966), "Death Wait" as "Grant Buchanan" (1969) and "Holocaust" as "Adam Southcort" (1970)
  • The Man from U.N.C.L.E., "The It's All Greek to Me Affair" as "Stavros Macropalous" (1967)
  • The Hartmans, "The Handyman" (1949)
  • The Walter Winchell File, "The Decision" as "Bender" (1957) and "Death Comes in a Small Package: File #37" as "Lt. Hauser" (1959)
  • Alfred Hitchcock Presents, "The Night the World Ended" as "Mr. Halloran" (1957), "Lamb to the Slaughter" as "Lieutenant Jack Noonan" (1958) and "Ambition" as "Mac Davis" (1961)
  • The Restless Gun, "Sheriff Billy" as "Ben Reed" (1958)
  • Wanted Dead or Alive, “The Cure” in a comedic role as the reformed town drunk "Harry Simmons" (1960)
  • The Twilight Zone, "The Arrival" as "Grant Sheckly" (1961) (S3E2)
  • Hogan's Heroes, "Bad Day in Berlin" as "Major Teppel", "The Defector" as "Field Marshal Rudolph Richter", "Look at the Pretty Snowflakes" as "General Strommberger"
  • Gunsmoke, "He Who Lives by the Sword" as "Joe Delk" (1957), "Letter of the Law" as "Judge Rambeau" (1958), "Buffalo Hunter" as "Gatluf" (1959), "Miss Kitty" as "Horace" (1961), "Homecoming" as "Orval" (1964), "Hung High" as "Jim Downey" (1964) and "He Who Steals" as "Jeff Sutro" (1965), (but is totally left off the credits as producers listed the wrong actors and characters of the episode).
  • The Big Valley, "Teacher of Outlaws", as the outlaw leader "Sam" (1966)
  • Gilligan's Island, "Goodbye Old Paint" as "Alexandre Gregor Dubov" (1965)
  • Get Smart, "Ship of Spies Part 1" as "Captain Groman" (1966) and "Ship of Spies Part 2" as "Captain Groman" (1966)
  • Have Gun Will Travel, "A Matter Of Ethics" as "Holgate" (1957), "Helen of Abajinian" as "Samuel Abajinian" (1957) and "The Last Judgement" as "Judge Greenleaf" (1961)
  • Mission: Impossible, "Blind" as "John Lawton" (1971)
  • Three's Company, "The Loan Shark" as "Bernie Bustamente" (1979)
  • Welcome Back, Kotter, "Kotter and Son" as "Charlie Kotter" (Gabe's father) (1977)
  • Barney Miller, "Kidnapping: Part 1 and 2" as "Mr. Siegel" (1978) and "Homicide: Part 1 and 2" as "Steven Haddad" (1980)
  • Trackdown, "The Witness" as "Aaron Yewcic" (1958), "The School Teacher" as "Quince Flanders" (1958) and "Fear" as "Ambrose Hooker" (1959)
  • Cheyenne, "The Last Comanchero" as "Rafe Larkin" (1958) and "The Wedding Rings" as "Perez" (1962)


  1. ^ a b c d Nelson, Valerie J. (November 19, 2005). "Harold Stone, 92; Busy Character Actor Often Played Villain". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 22 August 2017. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Harold Stone, 92, Character Actor, Dies". The New York Times. November 22, 2005. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
  3. ^ "("Harold Stone" search results)". Playbill. Archived from the original on 22 August 2017. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
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  5. ^ Erickson, Hal (November 5, 2001). Syndicated television: The first forty years, 1947-1987. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland Classics. p. 28. ISBN 978-0-7864-1198-6.
  6. ^ a b c Terrace, Vincent (October 6, 2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland. p. 136. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
  7. ^ "Awards Search: Harold J. Stone". Television Academy. Archived from the original on 22 August 2017. Retrieved 22 August 2017.

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