Titanic Star Has Died

Lew Paltor Dead: The Titanic star has passed away aged 94.

A Titanic star has sadly died. 

Lew Palter, 94, played the role of the department store magnate Isidior Straus in the 1997 blockbuster movie.

He is in the emotional scene where he embraces his wife in bed as the Titanic ship sinks.

Straus’ descendant, Wendy Rush, is the wife of the late OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush, who is one of five people who died on the Titan submersible last week.

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Palter had lung cancer and passed away at his Los Angeles home on Sunday, May 21, his daughter Catherine told The Hollywood Reporter.

Many people have taken to social media and paid tribute to the late star.

One fan writes: “Lew Palter, the actor who portrayed Isidor Strauss in 1997’s Titanic which gave us the most incredibly moving scene has died at the age of 94. RIP Lew.”

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Another adds: “May his soul rest in peace.”

While a third person comments: “Legends never die. RIP.”

Palter, from New York City, is also remembered for playing Associate Justice Benjamin Halperin opposite Walter Matthau and Jill Clayburgh in the 1981 Supreme Court dramedy First Monday in October.

Lew Palter in Titanic.
Lew Palter played the role of the department store magnate Isidior Straus in the 1997 blockbuster movie. Credit: Paramount Pictures

Outside of his acting career, Palter was a professor at the CalArts School of Theater and his students included four-time Oscar nominee Ed Harris, Oscar nominee Don Cheadle, and two-time Emmy nominee Cecily Strong.

He retired from teaching in 2013.

Throughout his career, Palter also directed numerous off-Broadway plays, including Tom Topor’s drama Nuts for the Los Angeles Stage Company, which was adapted into a movie in 1987 starring Barbra Streisand.

Palter is survived by his daughter Catherine Palter, who he shares with his wife and actress Nancy Vawter.

His spouse sadly passed away in 2020 – the pair had been married for 64 years.

Palter is also survived by his three grandchildren: Sam, Tessa, and Miranda Morgan.

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The confirmation of Palter’s death comes amid the tragic news five passengers died onboard a submarine which intended to see the famous Titanic ship’s wreckage.

Billionaire Hamish Harding, Stockton Rush, Paul-Henri Nargeolet, Shahzada Dawood and his son, Suleman Dawood, went missing on the Titan sub last Sunday.

A search and rescue were in a race against time to try and find the crew alive.

However, it was sadly confirmed that the submersible was destroyed by a ‘catastrophic implosion’ on the descent.

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Written by Aimee Walker

Aimee is a senior content editor at IGV who specialises in finding the best original stories, trending topics and entertainment news. She graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media and Communications.