biography

Born to Greek immigrant parents on February 25 1929, in Royal Oak, Michigan (some sources indicate 1931 as his year of birth), actor Christopher George grew up in New Jersey and Florida. Rather than completing high school, George enlisted in the Marines in the late 1940s and earned his high school diploma while serving his tour of duty. Upon detaching from the Marines in 1952, George enrolled at the University of Miami, and he eventually graduated with a degree in business administration. However, he shunned working in the business world and instead headed for New York, where he began acting in off-Broadway productions and also found work as a print model and did some television commercials. An uncredited role in the war film In Harm's Way (1965; with John Wayne and Kirk Douglas), along with a featured role during the first season of the ABC comedy Bewitched, served as catalysts for George's acting career. In 1966, he was cast in several films, including The Gentle Rain (1966; with Lynda Day George and Fay Spain) and El Dorado (1966; with John Wayne and Robert Mitchum), and he also landed a starring role in the ABC series The Rat Patrol (1966-1968). After the series was canceled, George went back to films and starred in The Devil's 8 (1969; with Leslie Parrish and Ross Hagen), Project X (1968; directed by William Castle), and The Delta Factor (1970; with Yvette Mimieux and Yvonne DeCarlo).

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LEFT: Early 1970s head shot of Christopher George. RIGHT: George's wife, actress Lynda Day George

Christopher George married film and television actress Lynda Day George in 1970. George adopted her son from her first marriage, and in July 1972, the couple welcomed a daughter. George maintained his film career into the 1970s, yet television increasingly became the medium in which he found work. He starred in another series, The Immortal, a short-lived 1970-1971 ABC TV series.

the films of christopher george

The Rat Patrol (1966-1968 ABC TV Series)

Eric Braeden and Christopher George

With series costar Eric Braeden in ABC's World War II-inspired series The Rat Patrol

Project X (1968)

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George as Hagen Arnold in the William Castle science fiction thriller Project X

The Devil's 8 (1969)

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LEFT: From the American International crime drama The Devil's 8. LEFT: With Leslie Parrish. CENTER A: With Larry Bishop, Robert DoQui, and Fabian. CENTER B: Fighting with Ross Hagen. RIGHT: George stars as Ray Faulkner

The Thousand Plane Raid (1969)

Christopher George and Laraine Stephens

With Laraine Stephens in the war adventure The Thousand Plane Raid, released by United Artists

Tiger by the Tail (1969)

Christopher George and Marilyn Devin

George is the accused murderer of his brother in the Vietnam war-era thriller Tiger by the Tail with Marilyn Devin

The Delta Factor (1970)

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LEFT: With Yvette Mimieux in the crime drama The Delta Factor. RIGHT: With Diane McBain

The Immortal (1970-1971 ABC TV Series)

Christopher George and Carol Lynley

With Carol Lynley in a 1970 episode of The Immortal titled Sylvia

House on Greenapple Road (1970)

Christopher George and Peter Mark Richman

With Peter Mark Richman in the ABC made-for-TV crime drama House on Greenapple Road

Mission: Impossible (1966-1973 CBS TV Series)

Lynda Day George and Christopher George

With Lynda Day George in a 1971 episode of Mission: Impossible titled Nerves

The Heist (1972)

Christopher George and Howard Duff

From the ABC made-for-TV crime thriller The Heist with Howard Duff

Dixie Dynamite (1976)

Christopher George and Wes Bishop

With Wes Bishop in the drive-in action flick Dixie Dynamite

City of the Living Dead (1980)

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From Lucio Fulci's cult horror flick City of the Living Dead

Pieces (1982)

Christopher George and Lynda Day George

With Lynda Day George in the grindhouse horror fave Pieces

later years

Near the end of his career, Christopher George starred in a string of horror films, including Day of the Animals (1977; with Leslie Nielsen and Lynda Day George), City of the Living Dead (1980), Graduation Day (1981; with Michael Pataki), and Mortuary (1983; with Bill Paxton and Lynda Day George), which proved to be his last film. George had been injured when a Jeep overturned on the set of Rat Patrol in January 1967, which had left him with a weakened heart. In 1978 he had coronary bypass surgery. Nonetheless, he appeared to be doing well and in good health, otherwise. Sadly, Christopher George passed away from a sudden heart attack on November 28, 1983, at the age of 54. He was survived by his wife, actress Lynda Day George, and their son and daughter. As a side note, Wheel of Fortune star Vanna White is the niece of Christopher George, and White had a small role with her uncle in Graduation Day (1981).

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filmography

FILM
Mortuary (1983) with Mary Beth McDonough, David Wallace, Bill Paxton, and Lynda Day George
Pieces (1982) with Lynda Day George and Edmund Purdom
Angkor: Cambodia Express (1982) with Robert Walker Jr., Woody Strode, and Nancy Kwan
Enter the Ninja (1981) with Franco Nero and Susan George
Graduation Day (1981) with Michael Pataki, Linnea Quigley, and Vanna White
The Exterminator (1980) with Samantha Eggar and Robert Ginty
City of the Living Dead (1980) directed by Lucio Fulci
Cruise Into Terror (1978) with Dirk Benedict, John Forsythe, Lynda Day George, Lee Meriwether, Ray Milland, Hugh O'Brian, Stella Stevens, Marshall Thompson, and Roger E. Mosley
The Day Santa Claus Cried (1978)
Whiskey Mountain (1977) with Roberta Collins
Day of the Animals (1977) with Leslie Nielsen, Lynda Day George, Richard Jaeckel, Michael Ansara, Ruth Roman, Paul Mantee, and Andrew Stevens
Mayday at 40,000 Feet! (1976) with David Janssen, Don Meredith, Ray Milland, Marjoe Gortner, Broderick Crawford, Shani Wallis, and Jane Powell
Midway (1976) with Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda, James Coburn, Glenn Ford, Hal Holbrook, Robert Mitchum, Cliff Robertson, and Robert Wagner
Dixie Dynamite (1976) with Warren Oates and R. G. Armstrong
Grizzly (1976) with Andrew Prine and Richard Jaeckel
The Last Survivors (1975) with Martin Sheen, Diane Baker, Tom Bosley, Bruce Davison, Andrew Stevens, and Anne Francis
The Inbreaker (1974) with Johnny Crawford
I Escaped from Devil's Island (1973) with Jim Brown, Richard Rust, and Jan Merlin
The Train Robbers (1973) with John Wayne, Ann-Margret, Rod Taylor, Ben Johnson, Bobby Vinton, and Ricardo Montalban
Pushing Up Daisies (1973) with Ross Hagen and Kelly Thordsen
The Heist (1972) with Elizabeth Ashley, Howard Duff, Norman Fell, Cliff Osmond, and Robert Mandan
Man on a String (1972) with William Schallert, Keith Carradine, Joel Grey, and Jack Warden
Dead Men Tell No Tales (1971) with Judy Carne, Patricia Barry, Richard Anderson, Kevin Hagen, and Mike Lookinland
Escape (1971) with William Windom, Marlyn Mason, Avery Schreiber, John Vernon, Gloria Grahame, William Schallert, and Huntz Hall
Chisum (1970) with John Wayne, Forrest Tucker, Ben Johnson, Glenn Corbett, Andrew Prine, Bruce Cabot, Patric Knowles, Richard Jaeckel, Lynda Day George, John Agar, and Robert Donner
The Delta Factor (1970) with Yvette Mimieux, Diane McBain, Ralph Taeger, Yvonne De Carlo, and Rhodes Reason
House on Greenapple Road (1970) with Janet Leigh, Julie Harris, Walter Pidgeon, Barry Sullivan, Keenan Wynn, Peter Mark Richman, William Windom, Lynda Day George, Edward Asner, and Eve Plumb
The Thousand Plane Raid (1969) with Laraine Stephens, Gavin MacLeod, Ben Murphy, and Bo Hopkins
The Devil's 8 (1969) with Fabian, Leslie Parrish, Ross Hagen, Lada Edmund Jr., and Ralph Meeker
Massacre Harbor (1968) with Claudine Longet and Gary Raymond
Project X (1968) with Monte Markham, Harold Gould, and Keye Luke
Tiger by the Tail (1968) with Tippi Hedren, Dean Jagger, Charo, Glenda Farrell, Lloyd Bochner, R.G. Armstrong, Alan Hale, Burt Mustin, and Dennis Patrick
Gavilan (1968)
El Dorado (1966) with John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, James Caan, R.G. Armstrong, Edward Asner, Robert Donner, John Gabriel, Johnny Crawford, and Adam Roarke
The Gentle Rain (1966) with Lynda Day George and Fay Spain

TELEVISION SERIES
The Immortal, 1970-1971 ABC TV series. George portrayed Ben Richards
The Rat Patrol, 1966-1968 ABC TV series. George portrayed Sgt. Sam Troy

TELEVISION GUEST APPEARANCES
Fantasy Island, episode The Magic Camera/Mata Hari/Valerie, originally aired January 16, 1982
Fantasy Island, episode The Love Doctor/Pleasure Palace/Possessed, originally aired November 22, 1980
The Love Boat, episode Cindy/Play by Play/What's a Brother For?, originally aired October 27, 1979
Lobo, episode The Day That Shark Ate Lobo, originally aired September 18, 1979
Charlie's Angels, episode Terror on Skis, originally aired February 7, 1979
The Love Boat, episode Disco Baby/Alas, Poor Dwyer/After the War/Ticket to Ride/Itsy Bitsy: Parts 1 and 2, originally aired February 3, 1979
Vega$, episode Serve, Volley and Kill, originally aired December 20, 1978
Fantasy Island, episode The War Games/Queen of the Boston Bruisers, originally aired October 28, 1978
The Love Boat, episode The Business of Love/Crash Diet Crisis/I'll Never Fall in Love Again, originally aired May 13, 1978
Fantasy Island, episode Lady of the Evening/The Racer, originally aired February 25, 1978
The New Adventures of Wonder Woman, episode Fausta, the Nazi Wonder Woman, originally aired April 28, 1976
S.W.A.T., episode Deadly Tide: Parts 1 and 2, originally aired September 13, 1975
S.W.A.T., episode The Bravo Enigma, originally aired April 21, 1975
McCloud, episode Sharks!, originally aired February 23, 1975
Police Story, episode The Execution, originally aired February 18, 1975
Thriller, episode The Next Scream You Hear, originally aired July 6, 1974
Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law, episode The Break In, originally aired March 2, 1974
Police Story, episode Cop in the Middle, originally aired January 29, 1974
Wide World Mystery, episode A Beautiful Killing, originally aired January 22, 1974
Love, American Style, episode Love and the Baby Derby/Love and the Burglar Joke/Love and the Favorite Family, originally aired February 16, 1973
Mission: Impossible, episode Nerves, originally aired December 4, 1971
Love, American Style, episode Love and Formula 26B/Love and the Loud Mouth/Love and the Penal Code, originally aired September 17, 1971
The F.B.I., episode Return to Power, originally aired February 15, 1970
Thirteen Against Fate, episode The Lodger, originally aired June 19, 1966
Bewitched, episode George the Warlock, originally aired April 22, 1965
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