Lewis J. Stadlen (born March 7, 1947) is an American stage and screen character actor.
Born in Brooklyn, New York to voice actor Allen Swift, Stadlen studied acting with Sanford Meisner and Stella Adler. He made his Broadway debut as Groucho Marx in the musical comedy Minnie's Boys in 1970. Other noted broadway roles include Senex in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Banjo in a revival of The Man Who Came to Dinner, Milt in Laughter on the 23rd Floor, and Dr. Pangloss in the 1973 production of Candide. He has been nominated for 3 Tony awards over the years.
The Time of Your Life was revived on March 17, 1972 at the Huntington Hartford Theater in Los Angeles where Stadlen, Henry Fonda, Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Thompson, Strother Martin, Gloria Grahame, Jane Alexander, Richard X. Slattery and Pepper Martin were among the cast with Edwin Sherin directing.
His autobiography, Acting Foolish, was published by Bear Manor in 2009.
Film and television credits
Stadlen's film credits include Portnoy's Complaint (1972), Serpico (1973), The Verdict (1982), To Be or Not to Be (1983), Windy City (1984), and In & Out (1997).
On television, Stadlen had a regular role in the first season of Benson. He also has appeared in Law & Order and The Sopranos.
- Minnie's Boys (1970)
- The Time of Your Life (1972)
- The Sunshine Boys (1972)
- Candide (1974 revival)
- The Odd Couple (1985 revival)
- Laughter on the 23rd Floor (1993)
- A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1996 revival)
- The Man Who Came to Dinner (2000 revival)
- 45 Seconds from Broadway (2001)
- The Producers (2003)
- The People in the Picture (2011)
- The Nance (2013)
- Fish in the Dark (2015)
Awards and nominations
- 1970 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Performance (Minnie's Boys, winner)
- 1970 Theatre World Award (Minnie's Boys, winner)
- 1974 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical (Candide, nominee)
- 1996 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, nominee)
- 2001 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play (The Man Who Came to Dinner, nominee)
Stadlen was married to Broadway singer and dancer and actress Mary MacLeod.