Luther Adler

Biography

Luther Adler (May 4, 1903 – December 8, 1984) was an American actor best known for his work in theatre, but who also worked in film and television. He also directed plays on Broadway. Born Lutha Adler in New York City, Adler was one of six children born to Russian Jewish actors Sara and Jacob P. Adler. His siblings also worked in theatre; his sister Stella Adler achieved fame as an actress and drama teacher. His brother Jay also achieved some fame as an actor. Adler made his first acting appearance on Broadway in 1921 and appeared in several productions before joining The Group Theatre in 1931. He played opposite Katharine Cornell in Alien Corn (1933), his sister Stella in Gold Eagle Guy (1934), Awake and Sing! and Paradise Lost (both 1935), and Frances Farmer in Golden Boy (1937). He also appeared in the anti-war musical Johnny Johnson (1936). By the early 1940s he was also directing but his first production They Should Have Stood in Bed closed after only eleven performances in 1942. His next directorial venture, A Flag is Born, ran for 120 performances in 1946 and featured newcomer Marlon Brando in one of the major roles. In 1965, when Zero Mostel left the Broadway cast of Fiddler on the Roof during a contract dispute, Adler took over the role of Tevye. From 1937 Adler appeared also in films, though they were never his highest priority. His credits include D.O.A. (1950) M (1951), Voyage of the Damned (1976) and Absence of Malice (1981). He also acted frequently on television, in such series as General Electric Theater, Kraft Television Theater Robert Montgomery Presents, The Twilight Zone, The Untouchables, Ben Casey, 77 Sunset Strip, Mission: Impossible, Hawaii Five-O , The Streets of San Francisco and Naked City. Adler was married to actress Sylvia Sidney from 1938 until 1946, and father of Sidney's only child, her son Jacob, who predeceased her. He died in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, and was buried in Mount Carmel Cemetery, Glendale, New York, next to several of his relatives, including his older sister Stella.

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Birth Name

Lutha Adler

Birth Place

New York City, New York, USA

Birth Date

5/4/1903

Death Date

12/8/1984
Known For
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D.O.A.

Majak

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The Miami Story

Tony Brill

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Crashout

Pete Mendoza

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M

Dan Langley

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The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing

Delphin Delmas

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The Brotherhood

Dominick Bertolo

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Hot Blood

Marco Torino

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El Hombre de la Cabina de Cristal

Presiding Judge

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Under My Skin

Louis Bork

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The Last Angry Man

Dr. Max Vogel

Starring In
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Absence of Malice

Malderone

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Voyage of the Damned

Professor Weiler

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El Hombre de la Cabina de Cristal

Presiding Judge

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Bad Brothas - Mean Muthas

Don Racconi

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Crazy Joe

Falco

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The Brotherhood

Dominick Bertolo

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Cast a Giant Shadow

Jacob Zion

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The Last Angry Man

Dr. Max Vogel

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The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing

Delphin Delmas

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Hot Blood

Marco Torino

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Crashout

Pete Mendoza

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The Miami Story

Tony Brill

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The Tall Texan

Joshua 'Josh' Tinnen

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Mördersyndikat San Francisco

Nick Mancani

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The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel

Adolf Hitler

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M

Dan Langley

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Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye

Keith 'Cherokee' Mandon

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South Sea Sinner

Cognac

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D.O.A.

Majak

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Under My Skin

Louis Bork

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House of Strangers

Joe Monetti

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Wake of the Red Witch

Mayrant Ruysdaal Sidneye

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The Loves of Carmen

Dancaire

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Saigon

Lt. Keon

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Cornered

Marcel Jarnac

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