Great Stone Face, The

Robert Stack’s performances as FBI agent Eliot Ness on the crime drama THE UNTOUCHABLES/ABC/1959-63 earned him the nickname “The Great Stone Face.” His performances were likened to statuary.

He later starred on the successful UNSOLVED MYSTERIES/NBC/1987-2002 that focused on dramatic recreations of such topics as missing persons, and unsolved mysteries.

Note: Ed Sullivan, a deadpan journalist-turned-host of the successful Sunday night variety show THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW/CBS/1948-71 was also called “The Great Stone Face” & “The Old Stone Face” by reviewers.


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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