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Max Showalter –

Showalter in LORD LOVE A DUCK.
About Max Showalter (1917– 2000)
In addition to his films, TV appearances (over 1000) and stage shows, Showalter was a composer, a songwriter and pianist.

Born June 2, 1917, Max Showalter was a very talented individual appearing in American film, television, stage acting as well as being a composer, pianist and singer.

Born in Caldwell, Kansas, Showalter developed a desire for acting as a toddler while accompanying his mother to local theatres where she played piano for silent movies. After several stage roles, Max made his Broadway debut in Knights of Song in the late 1930s.

In the late 1940s Max changed his name to Casey Adams and made his feature film debut in 1949's Always Leave Them Laughing. The same year, he made his television debut in the short-lived musical variety series, The Lanny Ross Show (also known as The Swift Show).

During the 1950s, Max appeared in television shows like The Loretta Young Show and Navy Log, in addition to films like Down Three Dark Streets, Naked Alibi, and Vicki. In 1956, he co-starred in Indestructible Man with Lon Chaney, Jr. The following year, he appeared as Ward Cleaver in the original pilot for the classic 1950s sitcom, Leave It to Beaver.

In the 1960s Max reclaimed his original name and continued to score roles in such big-budget, crowd-pleasing films as Elmer Gantry, The Music Man and How to Murder Your Wife. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s appearing in The Twilight Zone, The Lucy Show, Surfside 6, The Doris Day Show, The Bob Newhart Show, Lord Love a Duck, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and another short lived series, The Stockard Channing Show.

Max's last onscreen appearance was in the 1984 film Sixteen Candles.

Max was one of the earliest participants in the infant medium known as television. On July 30, 2000, he died of cancer in Middletown, Connecticut. He was 83 years old.

Max Showalter's notable movie credits include...

Always Leave Them Laughing (1949)
The Swift Show (1949)
With a Song in My Heart (1952)
What Price Glory? (1952)
My Wife's Best Friend (1952)
Stars and Stripes Forever (Uncredited) (1952)
Niagara (1953)
Destination Gobi (1953)
Dangerous Crossing (1953)
Vicki (1953)
Night People (1954)
Down Three Dark Streets (1954)
Naked Alibi (1954)
Never Say Goodbye (1956)
Indestructible Man (1956)
Somebody Up There Likes Me (Uncredited) (1956)
Bus Stop (1956)
Dragoon Wells Massacre (1957)
Designing Woman (Uncredited) (1957)
Hellcats of the Navy (1957)
The Monster That Challenged the World (1957)
The Female Animal (1958)
The Naked and the Dead (1958)
Voice in the Mirror (1958)
Elmer Gantry (Uncredited) (1960)
The Music Man (Uncredited) (1962)
Lord Love a Duck
The Anderson Tapes (1971)
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978)
10 (1979)
Sixteen Candles (1984)



Max Showalter in Sixteen Candles (1984).