Complete Video Of My TCM Film Festival Panel Event (4/15/23)

Here is the complete, one-hour video of “Assisting the Classics” – a panel event in which I participated as part of TCM’s Classic Film Festival at the Hollywood Roosevelt in April of 2023. The moderator is TCM host Alicia Malone and the other two panelists discuss their experiences working for George Cukor and Stiller & Meara. I discuss getting the job with Groucho, some of the luminaries I encountered, dealing with Erin Fleming, dating the same girl as Zeppo, the upside and downside of getting close to my hero in his final years, and the book/film of RAISED EYEBROWS: MY YEARS INSIDE GROUCHO’S HOUSE.

Steve Stoliar Appears At TCM’s 2023 Classic Film Festival!

I had the pleasure of being invited to participate in a panel entitled “ASSISTING THE CLASSICS” at TCM’s Classic Film Festival in Hollywood on April 15, 2023! TCM’s Alicia Malone was the host and the other two panelists had worked for Stiller & Meara and George Cukor. As each person told a story, the projected overhead image changed to suit the teller; in my case it was the cover of “RAISED EYEBROWS.” Here’s a brief clip from that most-enjoyable event:

I Am Now Available For Commercials & Voice-Overs!

While waiting for the rest of the ducks (whyaduck?) to line up for the film version of RAISED EYEBROWS, I have been accepted for representation in commercials and voice-overs by Commercial Talent Agency in Studio City. (I’m also available for film and TV, but they don’t represent me for those….) Here are the three images they selected for inclusion on the main casting websites.

Webinar About SALAMIS & SWASTIKAS: Letters Home From A G.I. Jew

Here’s a podcast/webinar I recently did for the National Museum of American Jewish Military History in which I discuss my book, SALAMIS & SWASTIKAS: Letters Home From A G.I. Jew.. I also read generous portions of some of my father’s wartime letters, show some of the remarkable photos from the book, present a brief video interview with my father about his wartime travels, and answer a few questions.


It was recently announced that Cold Iron Pictures will be producing a film version of RAISED EYEBROWS starring Geoffrey Rush as Groucho, Sienna Miller as Erin Fleming, and Charlie Plummer as…..young Steve Stoliar! I co-wrote the screenplay, along with Oren Moverman, who is also the director. Click on the link and read all about it!


Back and Front Covers Of Book

SALAMIS & SWASTIKAS: LETTERS HOME FROM A G.I. JEW is a remarkable collection of letters written by my father, Staff Sgt. David E. Stoliar, to my mother and sister in St. Louis during World War II, from North Africa, Italy, France, Germany, and England.

The letters run the gamut from vivid war reportage to insightful analysis of anti-Semitism in Germany (as well as in the U.S.) to heartwarming adventures with his dog to heartbreaking reminders of how much he sorely misses his family to thumbnail reviews of then-current movies and songs, all filtered through the prism of a secular Jew caught in the middle of war against the Nazis.

Additionally, there are dozens of never-before-seen personal photos that bring to life the colorful people, places, and events that my dad writes about in his elaborately detailed letters. (More photos from the book on the Gallery page.)

“Steve Stoliar’s book is a richly satisfying read. The book’s heart is a priceless –  and, fortunately, preserved –  collection of his soldier father’s personal letters home from World War II. A rare, moving, colorful, and intimate look at war from inside the beast. A book to remember.”

DICK CAVETT (Author/Talk-Show Host)

I found the book very entertaining, full of good stuff, sad as can be, and eye-opening as to what it was like to be shipped thousands of miles from one’s wife and child and to have to fight missing them, which, for me, would be as hard as fighting Germans. I couldn’t have lived through what the author of these letters lived through. Great fun to read, but also heartbreaking.”

WOODY ALLEN (Writer/Filmmaker)

Just one G.I’s pen to paper and what a revelation! Staff Sgt. David Stoliar’s letters home are dense with humor, love, the right amount of army scuttlebutt, and soulful musings of a young American-Jewish soldier in the war against Hitler. I’m grateful to Steve for making his dad’s World War II story an important addition to the historical record.


These humorous and heartbreaking letters home from World War II are a wonder. They not only paint a portrait of the fight and the human face of war, but more importantly, we feel the incredible love for wife and family, which is why we were fighting. Endearing. Moving. Unforgettable.