|Born||November 17, 1927|
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
|Died||February 12, 2021 (aged 93)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Education||MA, UCLA TFT 1952|
(m. after 1956, divorced)
Shirley A. Alexander
(m. 1962; div. 1972)
|Awards||AMPAS Honorary 2016|
Lynn Arlen Stalmaster (November 17, 1927 – February 12, 2021) was an American casting director. He was noted as the first casting director to be conferred an Academy Award, having received an Honorary Oscar in 2016.
Stalmaster was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on November 17, 1927. He was the son of Estelle (Lapidus) and Irvin A. Stalmaster, a lawyer who became a judge. Irvin was the first Jewish person, as well as the youngest person, to be appointed to a Nebraska district judgeship. He was also active in the local Jewish community, serving as president of the Omaha B'nai B'rith. Lynn Stalmaster's younger brother is actor Hal Stalmaster (born 1940), best-known for his starring role in the Disney film Johnny Tremain.
Lynn Stalmaster initially attended Dundee Elementary School in Omaha's Dundee–Happy Hollow Historic District. In order to ameliorate his severe asthma, his family later relocated to Beverly Hills, California, where he attended Beverly Hills High School. There he overcame his shyness by immersing himself in theatre and radio. After serving in the U.S. Army, he studied theater arts at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, obtaining a Master of Arts in 1952.
Stalmaster got his first job in show business as an actor, appearing in the war movies The Steel Helmet (1951), The Flying Leathernecks (1951), and the TV series Big Town. As a fail-safe plan, he was employed by Grosse-Krasne as a production assistant. He subsequently became casting director after the incumbent retired, and went on to cast five on-air series.
After several years in that capacity, Stalmaster became an independent casting director. He established himself quickly as a solid casting director, finding steady work in both television and motion pictures. 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 responsible for casting TV shows such as Gunsmoke, The Untouchables, and My Favorite Martian. He was also a part of Academy Award winning movies such as In the Heat of the Night, The Thomas Crown Affair, The Right Stuff, and Brian De Palma's The Untouchables.
Stalmaster was the first casting director to receive credit on a separate card in the main titles of a feature film, starting with The Thomas Crown Affair in 1968. His name subsequently appeared in the main titles of over 180 films, credited as "Casting by Lynn Stalmaster."
Stalmaster was conferred the Career Achievement Award by the Casting Society of America (CSA) in 2003. Thirteen years later, in November 2016, he received an Academy Honorary Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He was the first casting director to receive an Academy Award. Two years later, the Casting Society of America began honoring entertainment professionals with the Lynn Stalmaster Award for Career Achievement. Recipients include Annette Bening, Laura Dern, and Geena Davis.
Stalmaster died on the morning of February 12, 2021, at his home in Los Angeles. He was 93.
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