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Max Showalter
Max Showalter
Credits
Role Charles Barlow
Biographical Information
Birthdate June 2, 1917
Birthplace Caldwell, Kansas, United States
Death Date July 30, 2000 (age 83)
Death Place Middletown, Connecticut, United States[1]

Max Showalter played client Charles Barlow in the second season episode, "The Very Informal Dress" (1965).

Biography[]

Max Showalter was a Broadway, film and television actor and a Renaissance man of sorts. His career included painting and songwriting. He composed for musicals, including the Broadway tuner, Harrigan 'n Hart, seen on Broadway in 1985.

Mr. Showalter was born in Caldwell, Kansas, and in his youth his mother used to take him to the local theatre where she was employed as a pianist for silent movies. He studied and performed at the Pasadena Playhouse between 1935 and 1938. He made his Broadway debut in 1938 in "Knights of Song", directed by Oscar Hammerstein II. He also appeared in Jerome Kern's "Very Warm for May", Irving Berlin's "This is the Army", Broadway's "Make Mine Manhattan", and was seen in stock and regional productions.

Mr. Showalter appeared in such films as "Niagara," "Bus Stop," "10," "It Happened to Jane," "Racing With the Moon," "With a Song in My Heart," and others, sometimes under the name Casey Adams. He was a popular Horace Vandergelder on Broadway and on tour in the musical, "Hello, Dolly!"

While filming the movie "It Happened to Jane" on location in Connecticut, Mr. Showalter fell in love with the area and eventually bought an eighteenth century farmhouse in Chester, Connecticut, where he retired. Over the years, he performed in a one-man show, with him at piano, in which he reminisced about his show business career. His paintings were seen in exhibits, as well.

Max Showalter died on July 30, 2000, in Connecticut, where he lived, The New York Times reported. A collection of his memorabilia was viewed in the lobby of the York Theatre in Manhattan in 1999. According to The Times, he left his papers and memorabilia to The Goodspeed Opera House, which operates in East Haddam and Chester, Connecticut.[2]

References[]

  1. Max Showalter on the Internet Movie Database. Retrieved on February 17, 2020.
  2. Jones, Kenneth. "Actor-Composer Max Showalter, 83, is Dead", Playbill, August 2, 2000. Retrieved on February 27, 2020.
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