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Christopher George ACTOR

Christopher George was born on February 25th, 1931 in Royal Oak, Michigan with the birth name Christopher John George.  Both of his parents, John and Vaseleke were Greek immigrants and although he lived in the United States, he could not speak English until the age of six as his family only spoke Greek at home.
When his family relocated to New Jersey, George began to go to regular school and learn English but also studied Greek at a Greek School and this was where he first developed an interest in acting.
Later again his family moved, this time to Florida and he attended Miami High School where George excelled in sports.  However, before earning his diploma, both he and his brother Nick, both boys decided not to complete high school and instead joined the Marine Corps where he completed a four year enlistment.
Later after George had completed his military service in 1952, he did choose to go back and complete his education and earn his high school diploma.  He then enrolled at the University of Miami in 1953 and graduated in 1958 with a degree in Business Administration.
Upon completing college he originally had a job lined up with an investment company but once he got his degree he began to have second thoughts about what type of career he was truly looking for.  He began searching for any type of employment to help support him such as a bar tender and private investigator.
George soon decided on a career in acting, relocated to New York City and first found work like many other actors as a stage actor and was also cast in a number of television commercials.  Some of his early stage roles were in such plays as, “All My Sons”, “The Moon is Blue”, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”. 
When George appeared in a shaving cream commercial and won the New York Film Festival Award for Best actor in a commercial, his career finally began to take off.  He was also making early television role appearances on such series as, “Named City” and “Bewitched”.
By the mid 60’s he had now broken into the film industry with a role in, “Harm’s Way” (1965) starring John Wayne, Kirk Douglas and Henry Fonda which soon followed with roles in some western films such as, “El Dorado” (1966) and “The Train Robbers” (1973) both starring John Wayne.  He was also making a name for himself as a print model and actually appeared in one issue of Playgirl magazine in 1974.
Christopher George became most well known for his role between 1966 and 1968 where he starred in 58 episodes of the World War II television series, “Rat Patrol” playing Sergeant Sam Troy.  Along with his success from this series he was also a guest star in the science fiction series called, “Immortal” (1969) which ran for fifteen episodes on ABC.
Adding to his television and theater credits as well as his early film roles became some more significant roles later in his career.  George began appearing on such feature films as, “Project X” (1968), “Midway” (1976), “Day of the Animals” (1977), “City of the Living Dead” (1980), “Graduation Day” (1981), “Enter the Ninja” (1981) and his final film role was in 1983 in, “Mortuary”.
He and his only wife, actress, Lynda Day George had appeared together on a number of projects such as the television movies, “House on Greenapple Road” (1970), “Cruise Into Terror” (1978), “Mayday at 40,000 Feet!” (1976) and “Vega$” (1978). They married in 1973 and had two children together.
Christopher George passed away too soon at the age of fifty four, on November 28th, 1983 in Los Angeles, California after suffering a fatal heart attack.  His remains are buried at Pierce Brothers Westwood Memorial Park.


1983 Mortuary
1982 Pieces
1978-1982 Fantasy Island  
1982 Angkor: Cambodia Express  
1981 Enter the Ninja
1981 Graduation Day 
1980 The Exterminator  
1980 City of the Living Dead  
1978-1979 The Love Boat
1979 The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo 
1979 Charlie's Angels 
1978 Vega$ 
1978 Cruise Into Terror
1978 The Day Santa Claus Cried
1977 Whiskey Mountain  
1977 Day of the Animals  
1976 Mayday at 40,000 Feet! 
1976 Midway
1976 Dixie Dynamit
1976 Grizzly
1976 The New Adventures of Wonder Woman
1975 S.W.A.T.  
1975 The Last Survivors 
1975 McCloud
1974-1975 Police Story 
1974 Thriller
1974 The Inbreaker
1974 Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law
1974 Wide World Mystery
1973 I Escaped from Devil's Island
1973 Bad Charleston Charlie  
1971-1973 Love, American Style
1973 The Train Robbers  
1973 Pushing Up Daisies 
1972 The Heist
1972 Man on a String 
1971 Dead Men Tell No Tales
1971 Mission: Impossible
1971 Escape
1969-1971 The Immortal
1970 Chisum  
1970 The Delta Factor  
1970 The F.B.I
1970 House on Greenapple Road
1969 The Thousand Plane Raid  
1969 The Devil's 8  
1968 Massacre Harbor
1968 Project X
1966-1968 The Rat Patrol 
1968 Tiger by the Tail  
1968 Gavilan
1966 El Dorad
1966 Thirteen Against Fate 
1966 The Gentle Rain  
1965 Bewitched
1965 In Harm's Way

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