Lynn Stalmaster got his start in Hollywood as an actor shortly after getting out of the army. After appearing in the war movies The Steel Helmet (1951) and The Flying Leathernecks (1951) and in the TV series Big Town, Stalmaster landed a job in the casting department of Big Town and has been leaving his mark on Hollywood ever since.
In his legendary six decade plus career since then, Lynn Stalmaster and his company, Lynn Stalmaster & Associates, has cast hundreds of productions, including some of the most memorable roles in Hollywood history. Stalmaster was a pioneering champion for the casting of women and minorities and he received the first-ever single card “Casting by” credit in the main titles of a film for The Thomas Crown Affair (1968).
Just a sampling of the productions cast by Stalmaster and his company include Judgment at Nuremberg (1961), West Side Story (1961), The Russians Are Coming (1966), In the Heat of the Night (1967), The Graduate (1967), Harold & Maude (1971), Fiddler on the Roof (1971), Deliverance (1972), Superman (1978), Coming Home (1978), Tootsie (1982), An Officer and a Gentleman (1982), The Right Stuff (1983), The Untouchables (1987) and many others.