BERT LAHR BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
Bert Lahr was born on August 13th, 1895 in New York City, New York with the birth name Irving Lahrheim. At the age of fifteen he dropped out of High School and joined a juvenile vaudeville act. He worked his way up the ladder as top billing on the Columbia Burlesque Circuit. Bert made his stage Broadway debut in, "Delmar's Revels" (1927).
Bert's first major success was in the musical, "Hold Everything!" (1928-1929). This role was followed by a number of other stage productions such as, "Hot-Cha!" (1932), "The Show is On" (1936) and "DuBarry Was a Lady" (1939).
His feature film debut was in 1931 in, "Flying High" and he then signed with Educational Pictures for a series of two-reel comedies.
His most well known role was portraying the stage role of the cowardly lion in, "The Wizard of Oz" (1939) and the farm worker Zeke in the film, "The Wizard of Oz" (1939).
He also continued to work on stage and in 1956 he starred in, "Waiting for Godot" at the Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami, Florida, which unfortunately was not a hit. When another director reprised the role on Broadway, the stage production received better reviews from critics.
Lahr also made some television appearances on such shows as NBC's drama, "The Eleventh Hour" and also won a Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical in "Foxy".
Some of his commercial work included, Lay's potato chip advertisements. His last film role was, "The Night They Raided Minsky's", however he passed away before it completed filming and so a double was used for a number of scenes.
Bert Lehr married twice throughout his lifetime. First he married Mercedes Delpino in 1929 and they had one child together before the marriage was annulled in 1940 due to her having a severe mental health problem that hospitalized her and had a huge affect on the rest of his personal life. His second marriage was to Mildred Schroeder on February 11th, 1940 and they had two children together before he passed away from Cancer as well as Pneumonia on December 4th, 1967 in New York City, New York. Lahr is buried at Union Field Cemetery in Ridgewood, Queens.
1968 The Night They Raided Minsky's
1962 Cops and Robbers
1956 Max Liebman Presents: Heaven Will Protect the Working Girl
1955 The Second Greatest Sex
1954 Rose Marie
1951 Mr. Universe
1950 The Colgate Comedy Hour
1949 Always Leave Them Laughing
1944 Meet the People
1942 Sing Your Worries Away
1942 Ship Ahoy
1939 The Wizard of Oz
1939 The Wizard of Oz
1938 Just Around the Corner
1937 Merry-Go-Round of 1938
1937 Love and Hisses
1936 Two Reelers: Comedy Classics 4
1933 Mr. Broadway
1931 Flying High