Edgar Stehli

Edgar Stehli (July 12, 1884 – July 25, 1973) was a French-born American actor of the stage, the screen and television.

Edgar Stehli
Born(1884-07-12)July 12, 1884
DiedJuly 25, 1973(1973-07-25) (aged 89)

Early years

The son of an English mother and a German-Swiss father, Stehli was born in Lyon, France. The family moved to New York in 1886 and later moved to Montclair, New Jersey. He graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor's degree in 1907 and a master's degree in 1908. While at Cornell, he acted in university theatrical productions.[1]


Stehli's professional acting debut came with a stock theater company in Bayonne as he had understudy and bit-part responsibilities and worked with props. He worked there and with other stock companies until 1919, when he was invited to join the Theatre Guild.[2]

Stehli appeared in the films Boomerang, Executive Suite, Drum Beat, The Cobweb, The Brothers Karamazov, No Name on the Bullet, 4D Man, Cash McCall, Atlantis, the Lost Continent, Parrish, Pocketful of Miracles, The Spiral Road, Twilight of Honor, Seconds, The Tiger Makes Out and Loving, among others. His television appearances include: Perry Mason Season 1, Episode 39 (1958) as Daniel Reed in, “The Case of the Rolling Bones”.

On old-time radio, Stehli portrayed Dr. Huer in Buck Rogers in the 25th Century,[3] D.A. Miller in Crime Doctor,[3]:86 and the title character in Gramps.[3]:134

Stehli's acting on Broadway spanned a half-century, beginning on November 27, 1916, in Six Who Pass While the Lentils Boil and ending on November 26, 1966, in Those That Play the Clowns.[4]

At the time of Stehli's death, he was one of the oldest active members of Actors' Equity Association.[5]

Personal life

Stehli was married to Emily Greenough.[1]


Stehli died on July 25, 1973, at his home in Upper Montclair, New Jersey at age 89.[6]


Year Title Role Notes
1947BoomerangRyan - CoronerUncredited
1954Executive SuiteJulius Steigel
1954Drum BeatJesse Grant
1955The CobwebMr. Holcomb
1958The Brothers KaramazovGrigory
1959No Name on the BulletJudge Benson
19594D ManDr. Theodore W. Carson
1960Cash McCallMr. Pierce
1961Atlantis, the Lost ContinentKing KronasVoice dubbed by Paul Frees..
1961Pocketful of MiraclesGloomyUncredited
1962The Spiral RoadThe Sultan
1963Twilight of HonorJudge James Tucker
1966SecondsTailor Shop Presser
1967The Tiger Makes OutOld Man
1970LovingMr. Kramm(final film role)


  1. "Edgar Stehli, Ranked as Leading Character Actor, Has Found New 'Role'". The Montclair Times. New Jersey, Montclair. August 15, 1933. p. 1. Retrieved 15 June 2019 via Newspapers.com.
  2. "Montclair Actor 'Stars' on Radio". The Montclair Times. New Jersey, Montclair. August 15, 1933. p. 2. Retrieved 15 June 2019 via Newspapers.com.
  3. Terrace, Vincent (1999). Radio Programs, 1924-1984: A Catalog of More Than 1800 Shows. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 54. ISBN 978-0-7864-4513-4.
  4. "("Edgar Stehli" search results)". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  5. Condron, Virginia (August 2, 1973). "Edgar Stehli, Performer Succumbs at Age 89". The Montclair Times. New Jersey, Montclair. p. 4. Retrieved 16 June 2019 via Newspapers.com.
  6. "EDGAR STEHLI 89, VERSATILE ACTOR". Nytimes.com. 1973-07-27. Retrieved 2017-08-14.
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