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He is well known for playing Cyrano Jones in the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "The Trouble with Tribbles" which aired in 1967. During the following season he co-wrote the Star Trek episode "The Mark of Gideon". He appeared at a number of Star Trek conventions in the 1970s and reprised (as a voice actor) his role of Cyrano Jones in the Star Trek: The Animated Series episode "More Tribbles, More Troubles". Archive footage of Adams was used in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Trials and Tribble-ations".
His other roles on TV shows include a time travelling scientist—opposite Buster Keaton—and a bartender on The Twilight Zone, King Kaliwani in the finale episode of Gilligan's Island and "Tybo" the carrot leader of the vegetable rebellion on Lost In Space. He appeared in two episodes of the second season of the 1960s television show Batman ("Catwoman Goes to College"/"Batman Displays his Knowledge") as "Captain Courageous". He appeared as political boss Frank Templeton in the final episode of McHale's Navy (1962-1966) entitled "Wally for Congress." He also played Bernie the foulmouthed caller in the 1974 action/adventure movie Act of Vengeance and the Chicano cafe owner in Lilies of the Field. He played Rusty Trawler, "the 9th richest man in America under 50" in the Audrey Hepburn film Breakfast at Tiffany's. He played a realtor on The Dick Van Dyke Show episode "Your Home Sweet Home Is My Home Sweet Home". He also played notorious pool shark "Sure Shot" Wilson on The Odd Couple. Stanley also played a role as bartender on the series Marshall Dillion.
He died in 1977 as the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the age of 62.