Christopher George Poster


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Overview (4)

Born in Royal Oak, Michigan, USA
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (heart attack)
Birth NameChristopher John George
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Solidly built, boyishly handsome American leading-man, Christopher George was the son of Greek immigrants. Weaned on stories of the legendary Greek heroes, George and his brother Nick (later a prominent fashion photographer) both quit high school to join the Marines. Completing his education after his tour of duty, George acted in numerous TV commercials, winning a New York Film Festival Award for his efforts. Appearing in Broadway plays like A Street Car Named Desire and films like Howard Hawks's El Dorado (1967). He became a great friend of John Wayne also in Chisum (1970). George also became a TV star in the wartime adventure series The Rat Patrol (1966). He later starred in the science fiction series The Immortal (1969) and then returned to filmmaking. He also starred in Project X (1968), The Train Robbers (1973), Midway (1976), Grizzly (1976), Day of the Animals (1977), The Exterminator (1980), Graduation Day (1981), and his last, Mortuary (1983). He also appeared in another 30 other films and TV guest appearances. Christopher George died of a heart attack. He was married to his wife/actress Lynda Day George (a frequent co-star) for 14 years.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (1)

Lynda Day George (15 May 1970 - 28 November 1983) ( his death) ( 1 child)

Trivia (13)

Appeared with his brother, Nick George, in the TV episode The Rat Patrol: The Field of Death Raid (1968).
Appeared as the centerfold in Playgirl magazine's June 1974 issue.
Buried at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, Los Angeles, California..
Despite that he was a heavy drinker and frequent smoker of cigars both on and off camera, his fatal 1983 heart attack stemmed from a January 4, 1967 mishap on the set of The Rat Patrol (1966). While filming a chase scene, George's jeep flipped over, pinning the actor underneath the vehicle. George sustained a concussion, as well as a muscle tear to his neck and chest which included a cardiac contusion, which never properly healed, and scar tissue subsequently developed on his heart.
Appeared together with his wife/actress Lynda Day George in a number of films: The Gentle Rain (1966), Chisum (1970), House on Greenapple Road (1970), Mayday at 40,000 Feet! (1976), Day of the Animals (1977), Cruise Into Terror (1978), Pieces (1982) and Mortuary (1983) as well as several TV series.
Often described as the uncle of Vanna White. Vanna has said that, although he was not a biological relation of hers, "my mother grew up with his family. Years later in L.A., he and his wife took me under their wing".
Was a close friend of singer Johnnie Ray.
Worked as a print model for ads in the early to mid-sixties. One such appearance is in the October 1964 issue of Playboy, on the inside front cover, for Van Heusen 417 shirts.
Enlisted in the United States Marine Corps (USMC) on 13 October 1948, at Jacksonville, Florida, at age 17. He lied about his age on his recruitment form by giving his year of birth as 1929, which then stuck with him for most of his adult life.
Could not speak English until he was six years old, because his family only spoke Greek at home.
During the Korean War, he skippered a Marine Corps crash boat and served as gunner aboard the type of rescue aircraft used to fly wounded out of Korea. George completed a three-year enlistment with the Marines and stayed for an additional fourth year of service before being discharged and returning home to Miami.
Earned the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.
His first duty station was Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station, Quantico, Virginia. In April 1950, he transferred to Aircraft Engineering Squadron 12 (AES-12), also located at Quantico. AES-12 maintained the aircraft for school pilots and also used them as a demonstration squadron for members of the United States Congress, demonstrating new rockets and bombs. While assigned to AES-12, George rose to the rank of sergeant.

Personal Quotes (2)

Sam Troy doesn't like authority. He doesn't want anyone trying to control his life. He wants to guide his own destiny -- and in that desert patrol, he's found a way to do it. That desert patrol is Sam Troy's world. Anything that comes near it, that will endanger it, he destroys. He's absolutely dedicated to his own values. He'll shoot an enemy cold-bloodedly if it's necessary, to protect these values. {Christpher George on "Sam Troy" in The Rat Patrol (1966)].
"The first time I met John Wayne, I addressed him as Mr. Wayne. "The name is Duke," he said. We were about to do a scene together and he showed me first how to act in the scene. When the take was over, he liked it so much, he ran up to me and gave me a bear hug and lifted me clean off my feet!" - on co-starring with John Wayne in the films El Dorado (1967), Chisum (1970), and The Train Robbers (1973).

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