Maurice William Elias (December 23, 1936 – September 9, 2016), known professionally as James Stacy, was an American film and television actor. He is perhaps best known for starring in the late 1960s TV western Lancer.
Stacy in 1968
Maurice William Elias
December 23, 1936
|Died||September 9, 2016 79) (aged|
Ventura, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Anaphylactic shock|
|Other names||Jim Stacey|
(m. 1963; div. 1966)
(m. 1968; div. 1969)
|Partner(s)||Antigoni Tsamparlis (2000-2016)|
In 1973, Stacy was hit by a drunk driver while driving his motorcycle, resulting in the amputation of his left leg and arm and the death of his girlfriend. He returned to acting in 1975 before retiring in 1992.
Stacy made his film debut in Sayonara in 1957, and his television debut in Highway Patrol. He had a recurring role as "Fred" in The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet from 1958 to 1963. During the 1960s he made guest appearances in television shows, including multiple episodes of Gunsmoke, Hazel, The Donna Reed Show, Have Gun - Will Travel, Combat!, and Perry Mason in the 1964 episode 'The Case of the Simple Simon' and the series finale "The Case of the Final Fade-out" in 1966.
Stacy is perhaps best remembered as a star of the western series Lancer, along with Andrew Duggan, Wayne Maunder, and Paul Brinegar. Lancer aired on CBS from 1968 to 1970. Stacy played the character "Johnny Madrid Lancer", a former gunslinger, the son of Duggan's character, Murdoch Lancer. Stacy also acted in several motion pictures from the 1950s through the 1970s, including a minor part in the musical South Pacific.
On September 27, 1973, Stacy was taking Claire Cox for a ride on his motorcycle in the Hollywood Hills when a drunken driver struck them. She died and Stacy lost his left arm and leg. Stacy's ex-wife, actress and singer Connie Stevens, organized a 1974 celebrity gala to raise money for his expenses. The gala, whose attendees included Frank Sinatra and Barbra Streisand, raised $118,000 ($0.6 million today) for his expenses. In 1976, he won a $1.9 million lawsuit ($8.4 million today) against the bar that had served the drunk driver.
After his recovery, Stacy appeared in roles created to accommodate his disability. His comeback film was the 1975 Kirk Douglas Western Posse, in which he was cast as newspaper editor "Harold Hellman", a part Douglas had written for him. In 1977, he starred in the TV movie Just a Little Inconvenience, playing a double-amputee Vietnam veteran. The role earned him his first Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama or Comedy Special. In 1980, Stacy starred in and produced the TV movie, My Kidnapper, My Love. His brother, Louie Elias, a character actor and stuntman, wrote the screenplay, based on the novel by Oscar Saul, to accommodate Stacy's disability. Elias was also the associate producer. He also played Ed, the Bartender in the film Something Wicked This Way Comes.
Other television appearances included Hotel, Cagney & Lacey (for which he was nominated for a second Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series), and Highway to Heaven. His last TV role was in five 1990 episodes of the cop series Wiseguy, playing "Ed Rogosheske".
Stacy was married twice. He married actress and singer Connie Stevens on October 12, 1963, in Hollywood. They were divorced in November 1966. Stacy's second marriage was to actress Kim Darby in 1968. They had a daughter, Heather, before divorcing in 1969.
Arrest and conviction
In November 1995, Stacy pleaded no contest to a charge of molesting an 11-year-old girl. On December 7, 1995, he failed to appear for sentencing in Ventura County Superior Court and was arrested the next day in a Honolulu, Hawaii, hospital after having fled California. He attempted suicide by jumping off a cliff. After recovering, Stacy waived extradition and returned to California. On March 5, 1996, he received a six-year prison sentence. The prosecutor in the case initially said she believed Stacy might have been eligible for probation for the molestation, but his post-arrest behavior, coupled with two arrests in June 1995 for prowling at the homes of other girls, led her to seek a prison sentence. Stacy was dealing with the ongoing disease of alcoholism during which he would binge drink and then blackout. Many of the issues he had were due to these alcohol-induced blackout episodes. He served his sentence at the California Institution for Men at Chino.
|1958||South Pacific||Sailor / Seabee||Credited as Jim Stacey, Uncredited|
|1958||Lafayette Escadrille||Alan Nichols||Uncredited|
|1961||Like Father, Like Son||Art||Credited as Jim Stacey|
|1963||Summer Magic||Charles Bryant|
|1965||Winter A-Go-Go||Danny Frazer|
|1965||A Swingin' Summer||Mickey|
|1983||Double Exposure||B.J. Wilde||Alternative title: Model Killer|
|1983||Something Wicked This Way Comes||Ed, the Bartender|
|1991||F/X2||Cyborg||Alternative title: F/X 2: The Deadly Art of Illusion|
|1956–63||The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet||Fred||19 episodes|
|1957||Highway Patrol||Young Man in Car||Episode: "Female Hitchhiker"|
|1962||Shannon||Cracker Coe||Episode: "The Jungle Kid"|
|1962||Have Gun – Will Travel||Johnny Tully||Episode: "Man in an Hourglass"|
|1962||The Donna Reed Show||Danny
|1962||Cheyenne||Luther James||Episode: "Showdown at Oxbend"|
|1963||Hazel||Episode: "The Baby Came C.O.D."|
|1964–66||Perry Mason||Scott Everett
|1964–73||Gunsmoke||Various roles||5 episodes|
|1965||Mister Roberts||Episode: "Just Getting There Is Half the Fun"|
|1966||Baby Makes Three||Dr. Peter Cooper||Television movie|
|1966||The Monroes||Perry Hutchins||Episode: "Ride with Terror"|
|1966||Combat!||Farley||Episode: "The Bankroll"|
|1968||Premiere||Andrew Bass||Episode: "The Freebooters"|
|1968||Cimarron Strip||Joe Bravo||Episode: "The Judgment"|
|1968–70||Lancer||Johnny Madrid Lancer||51 episodes|
|1971||Paper Man||Jerry||Television movie|
|1972||Love, American Style||Segment: "Love and the Alibi"|
|1972||Heat of Anger||Gus Pride||Television movie|
|1972||Medical Center||Neil||Episode: "Cycle of Peril"|
|1972||The Streets of San Francisco||Peter Forrest||Episode: "Whose Little Boy Are You?"|
|1972||Marcus Welby, M.D.||Phil Darrow||Episode: "Jason Be Nimble, Jason Be Quick"|
|1972||Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law||Episode: "Starting Over Again"|
|1973||Ordeal||Andy Folsom||Television movie|
|1977||Just a Little Inconvenience||Kenny Briggs||Television movie|
|1980||My Kidnapper, My Love||Denny||Television movie|
|1985||Hotel||Jeremy Hale||Episode: "Saving Grace"|
|1986||Cagney & Lacey||Ted Peters||Episode: "The Gimp"|
|1987||Highway to Heaven||Joe Mason||Episode: "The Hero"|
|1990||Wiseguy||Ed Rogosheske||5 episodes|
|1990||Matters of the Heart||Glen Harper||Television movie|
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- "Screen capture of Claire A. Cox being listed in the California Death index as dying on the same day as the motorcycle accident".
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- "Actor receives six year sentence". The Hour. March 6, 1996. p. 6. Retrieved August 3, 2014.
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