Stanley Kamel

Stanley Kamel
Born (1943-01-01)January 1, 1943
South River, New Jersey, U.S.
Died April 8, 2008(2008-04-08) (aged 65)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death Heart attack
Other names Stanley Camel, Stan Kamel
Occupation Actor
Years active 1969–2008
Religion Jewish

Stanley Kamel (January 1, 1943 – April 8, 2008)[1] was an American actor, best known for his role as Dr. Charles Kroger on the American television series Monk.


Kamel was born to a Jewish family and raised in South River, New Jersey,[2] and attended Rutgers Preparatory School.[3] He started his acting career off-Broadway and broke into television with a role in Days of Our Lives as Eric Peters.

Kamel had a recurring role on Melrose Place in 1994 as Bruce Teller, the Chief Executive Officer of D&D Advertising, where Amanda (Heather Locklear) and Allison (Courtney Thorne-Smith) were employed. During the first part of the sixth season of Beverly Hills, 90210, Kamel appeared on several episodes as Anthony Marchette, an organized crime figure.

Kamel was most recently known for his role as 'Dr. Charles Kroger' in the USA Network television series Monk, playing the infinitely patient and ever supportive psychiatrist to the main character, Adrian Monk (Tony Shalhoub). Though his last appearance was in the sixth season of Monk, clips of his character were seen later in the series finale.


On April 8, 2008, Kamel was found dead in his Hollywood Hills home. Police investigators ruled that the cause of death was a heart attack. He was 65.[4][5] The Monk episode "Mr. Monk Buys a House" was dedicated to his memory. Kamel never married and did not have any children of his own. He was survived by two brothers, Dr. Stephen Kamel (a dentist) and Robert Kamel, five nieces and nephews, and six grandnieces and grandnephews. [6]



Year Film Role Notes
1970 Bacchanale The Lover
1972 Short Walk to Daylight Ernie Delion TV movie
1976 Mallory: Circumstantial Evidence Cole TV movie
1977 In the Glitter Palace Director TV movie
1978 Corvette Summer Las Vegas Con Man
1979 In Search of Historic Jesus James
Captain America II: Death Too Soon Kramer TV movie
1980 The Gossip Columnist Phil TV movie
1982 Making Love Charlie
1983 Star 80 Nick
1984 My Mother's Secret Life Larry Fenton TV movie
Old Friends Charlie TV movie
Victims for Victims: The Theresa Saldana Story D.A. Mike Knight TV movie
1985 A Bunny's Tale Jerry TV movie
The Rape of Richard Beck Dr. Greenberg TV movie
1990 Murder by Numbers George
We'll Take Manhattan Director TV movie
Bar Girls Judge TV movie
Dead Men Don't Die Archie
1994 Honor Thy Father and Mother: The True Story of the Menendez Murders Dr. Jerome Oziel TV movie
1995 Automatic Seth Baker
1997 Ravager Clean
1998 Like Father, Like Santa Leland Jennings TV movie
1999 Eat Your Heart Out Michael Stark
Running Red Alexi
Stonebrook Tali
2000 Escape Under Pressure Sub Commander
An American Daughter Dr. Blumberg TV movie
2001 The A-List Buchwald
2003 Judge Koan Judge Koan
2005 Domino Anthony Cigliutti
2006 Inland Empire Koz Kakawski
Last Day Sorin TV movie
2007 Jane Doe: How to Fire Your Boss Dr. Jared Fox Straight-to-video
2008 The Urn Joseph


Year Film Role Notes
1969 Mission: Impossible Male Patient Episode: The Controllers: Part 1
1972 Mannix John 'Gemini' Boling Episode: The Upside-Down Penny
The Rookies Lou Episode: A Bloody Shade of Blue
The Sixth Sense Killer Episode: The Eyes That Wouldn't Die
1972–1976 Days of Our Lives Eric Peters #2
1973 Emergency! Harry Rivers Episode: An English Visitor
1974 Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law Essex Taylor Episode: To Keep and Bear Arms
Get Christie Love! Marvin Episode: Emperor of Death Street
1974, 1977 Kojak Clyde Bruckner/Bert Marino 2 episodes
1975 Switch Eddie Matlock Episode: The Late Show Murders
McMillan & Wife Sable Episode: Requiem for a Bride
1977, 1981 Quincy, M.E. Max Cullis/Attorney Dave Bremmerhouse 2 Episodes
1978 Charlie's Angels Dinsmore Episode: Hours of Desperation
1979 240-Robert Prisoner Episode: Acting Sergeant
The Incredible Hulk Gary Episode: Captive Night
1979, 1981 Lou Grant Marty Niles/Dr. Weyland 2 Episodes
1979, 1982 Barney Miller Lance Parks/Dr. Michael Packer 2 Episodes
1981 Eight Is Enough Bruce Taylor Episode: Bradfordgate
House Calls Lenny Episode: My Son, the Anarchist
The Phoenix Murray Episode: Pilot
Mork & Mindy Charlie Episode: My Dad Can't Beat Up Anybody
1982 Three's Company Clean Cut Man Packer Episode: Opening Night
1983–1985 Hill Street Blues Agent Ramsey 3 Episodes
1983–1988 Cagney & Lacey Det. Mick Solomon 7 Episodes
1984 Riptide Colonel Davidson Episode: The Orange Grove
Knight Rider Sonny Martin Episode: Dead of Knight
1985 Hardcastle and McCormick Zimmerman Episode: Surprise on Seagull Beach
The Fall Guy Carl Trenton Episode: The Life of Riley
Rituals DA Don Wallace
1986 Scarecrow and Mrs. King Steven Sallee Episode: Dead Men Leave No Trails
Mr. Belvedere Lawrence Miller Episode: Deportation: Part 1
1986–1991 L.A. Law Mark Gilliam 5 Episodes
1987 Star Trek: The Next Generation Kosinski Episode: Where No One Has Gone Before
1987–1988 Hunter Brad Wilkes, FBI 4 episodes
1987, 1990 Matlock Mark Douglas/Clayton Ross 2 episodes
1988 Hooperman Dr. Kenwood Episode: Blaste from the Past
Probe Marty Corrigan Episode: Black Cats Don't Walk Under Ladders (Do They?)
Buck James Dennis Osterman Episode: Top Secret
The Highwayman Cisco Episode: Frightmare
1989 Guns of Paradise Mr. Sweet Episode: A Private War
Mancuso, FBI Stein Episode: Conflict of Interest
1989–1990 Beauty and the Beast George Walker 2 episodes
Murder, She Wrote Frankie, the Bartender/Sid Staples 2 episodes
1990 Columbo Tim Haines Episode: Agenda for Murder
Empty Nest Monsieur Gerard Episode: A Flaw Is Born
Valerie's Family Steven Eisenberg Episode: It Happened One Night... Or Did It?
1990–1991 Father Dowling Mysteries Leo Chaplin/Ron Baylor 2 episodes
1991 The Golden Girls Herb Shrewsberry 2 Episodes
Reasonable Doubts John Callahan Episode: Dicky's Got the Blues
MacGyver Victor Kasanti Episode: Off the Wall
1992 2000 Malibu Road Mr. Adler Episode: Pilot
1993 Homefront Mr. Smith Episode: By Word or Act
1993–1994 Diagnosis: Murder Dr. Larry Wright/Wayne Topping 2 episodes
1994 Melrose Place Bruce Teller 13 episodes
1995 Beverly Hills, 90210 Tony Marchette 8 Episodes
1995–1996 Murder One Dr. Graham Lester 8 Episodes
1996 Dark Skies Dr. Ron Burnside Episode: Dark Days Night
1997 Renegade Anthony Capezi Episode: Knock Out
ER Dr. 'Fin' Leosch Episode: Random Acts
The Nanny Condo Representative Episode: The Boca Story
Pensacola: Wings of Gold Grissom Episode: Grey Ghost
1998 Martial Law Dr. Ron Burnside Episode: Malcolm Devrons
1999 L.A. Doctors Dr. Crosswell Episode: Been There, Done That
Cracker Pat Vicker Episode: Faustian Fitz
7th Heaven Shana's Dad Episode: Yak Sada
2000 NYPD Blue Noel Beller Episode: The Irvin Files
Dark Angel Edgar Sonrisa Episode: Pilot
2001 The Geena Davis Show Carl Episode: Photo Finish
2002 Six Feet Under Death Episode: In the Game
2002–2008 Monk Dr. Charles Kroger 43 episodes
2003 Mister Sterling Arthur Peyton 5 episodes
The Guardian James Fuller Episode: Swimming
General Hospital Cody McCall 5 episodes
2004 The D.A. Judge Episode: The People vs. Patricia Henry
The West Wing Stanley Episode: In the Room
2005 Reba Mac Episode: Issues
2007 Eyes Social Services Employee Episode: Whistleblower


  1. IMDb Retrieved on September 16, 2008
  2. Beale, Lewis. "BIG BOUNCE FROM 'MURDER' SHRINK ROLE", Daily News (New York), January 22, 1996. Accessed March 20, 2011. "Kamel is one of those looks-familiar-but-what's-his-name actors who work all the time but seem to miss stardom. The South River, N.J., native has had recurring roles in many TV series, but his best work has been in Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law and Murder One, all created by Stephen Bochco."
  3. "Monk TV Show and Television Series – Cast Bios:Stanley Kamel". Retrieved 2007-01-01.
  4. "'Monk' star Stanley Kamel dies at 65". 2008-04-09. Retrieved 2008-04-09.
  5. "Stanley Kamel, Actor on 'Monk,' Dies at 65". Associated Press. New York Times. 2008-04-11. Retrieved 2008-04-12.
  6. Stanley Kamel obituary
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