Stanley Prager

Stanley Prager (January 8, 1917 – January 18, 1972) was an American actor and a television and theatre director.

Stanley Prager
Born(1917-01-08)January 8, 1917
New York City, U.S.
DiedJanuary 18, 1972(1972-01-18) (aged 55)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActor, theatre director, TV producer
Years active1939–1972
Spouse(s)Georgann Johnson (1954–1972; his death)
ChildrenSally Prager, Anne Prager, Molly Prager, Carol Prager

Life and career

Born in New York City, Prager began his career as the stage manager for the Broadway production The Skin of Our Teeth in 1942. He spent the remainder of the decade acting in mostly B-movies, with occasional roles in better films such as A Bell for Adano, Gun Crazy, In the Meantime, Darling, and A Foreign Affair.

After his name appeared on the Hollywood blacklist, Prager returned to Broadway as a performer in Two on the Aisle, Two's Company, Room Service, and The Pajama Game. He switched gears and began directing with Neil Simon's Come Blow Your Horn in 1961. Additional theatre directing credits include Bravo Giovanni, Minnie's Boys, Don't Drink the Water, and 70, Girls, 70.

Prager's television directing credits include The Love Song of Barney Kempinski for ABC Stage 67, Car 54, Where Are You?, and The Patty Duke Show. For producer Sidney Pink, Prager directed two films in Europe: Madigan's Millions the first film to star Dustin Hoffman, and The Bang-Bang Kid starring Tom Bosley and Guy Madison.

Prager married actress Georgann Johnson on July 31, 1954; they remained together until his death on January 18, 1972. The couple had four children, which include former teen actresses Anne and Sally Prager. Prager died of a heart attack at his home at the time with Johnson in Los Angeles.


Year Title Role Notes
1944The Eve of St. MarkPvt. Glinka
1944Take It or Leave ItHerb Gordon
1944In the Meantime, DarlingLt. Philip 'Red' Pianatowski
1944Something for the BoysCorporalUncredited
1945Junior MissJoe - Elevator Operator
1945A Bell for AdanoSgt. Trampani
1945Doll FaceFlo's Aide
1946Behind Green LightsRuzinsky - Milkman
1946Do You Love MeJay Dilly
1946Gentleman Joe PalookaRapadsky
1947The Shocking Miss PilgrimOffice LookoutUncredited
1947Stork Bites ManInvisible StorkVoice
1948Here Comes TroubleCartoonistUncredited
1948A Foreign AffairMike
1948They Live by NightShort Order ManUncredited
1948Joe Palooka in Winner Take AllReporter
1948You Gotta Stay HappyJack Samuels
1948Force of EvilWally
1949The Lady Takes a SailorTaxi DriverUncredited
1950Gun CrazyBluey-Bluey
1950Joe Palooka in Humphrey Takes a ChanceWardUncredited
1950I'll Get BySong PluggerUncredited
1950Dark CitySammyUncredited
1950Joe Palooka in the Squared CircleTV Announcer
1950Three HusbandsSharpy - ToutUncredited
1951MPolice DetectiveUncredited
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