George Grizzard

George Grizzard

American actor
Date of Birth: 01.04.1928
Country: USA

  1. Biography of George Grizzard
  2. Early Career
  3. Acting Career
  4. Later Career and Legacy

Biography of George Grizzard

George Cooper Grizzard, Jr. was born in 1928 in South Carolina and grew up in Washington. He studied at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. After completing his education, George aspired to work in radio but ended up in an advertising agency. However, with his experience in stage acting from college productions, he decided it was time to make money from his hobby. He landed his first professional role at the Arena Stage theater in Washington.

George Grizzard

Early Career

After his stint at the Arena Stage, George moved to New York where he joined the troupe at the Neighborhood Playhouse theater. In 1954, he appeared in off-Broadway productions, including "School for Scandal." The same year, he also made his Broadway debut in "The Desperate Hours" and was recognized as the "Best Actor" by the Variety Critics Poll.

Acting Career

During the 1950s, George Grizzard began working in front of the camera, primarily appearing in television series such as "The Twilight Zone." He made his big-screen debut in the 1960 drama film "From the Terrace," alongside Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. In 1962, he starred in Otto Preminger's drama "Advise & Consent" with Henry Fonda. He landed his leading role in the 1970 comedy "The Front Page."

Throughout his career, George appeared in more than 70 roles, with the majority of his work being in television series. He won an Emmy Award for his performance in "The Oldest Living Graduate" in 1980 and received a nomination for his role in "The Adams Chronicles." George also continued his work in theater, playing numerous characters on Broadway, APA repertory in New York, and Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis. He received several theater awards, including a Tony Award for his direction of "A Delicate Balance" and the Theatre World Award for the play "The Happiest Millionaire."

Later Career and Legacy

In the 2000s, George Grizzard appeared in several films, including the Academy Award-winning comedy-drama "Wonder Boys" directed by Curtis Hanson, Woody Allen's comedy "Small Time Crooks," and Clint Eastwood's war drama "Flags of Our Fathers."

Sadly, George Grizzard passed away on October 1, 2007, at the age of 79 from lung cancer. He left behind a legacy of remarkable performances in both theater and film, showcasing his talent and versatility as an actor.