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      Bert Lahr

      Bert Lahr

      Highest Rated: 98% The Wizard of Oz (1939)

      Lowest Rated: 98% The Wizard of Oz (1939)

      Birthday: Aug 13, 1895

      Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

      One of the leading burlesque and vaudeville stars who went on to Broadway musical comedies, Bert Lahr had a film career highlighted by his delightful turn as the Cowardly Lion in the now-classic 1939 version of "The Wizard of Oz." Born to a German immigrant father in the Yorkville section of Manhattan, the precocious Lahr dropped out of school at age 15 and quickly found success with the Seven Frolics, a children's stage act. Altering his last name from Lahrheim to Lahr, he went on to a successful career as a burlesque comic (performing "Dutch" characters, replete with accent) and later in an act paired with his future wife Mercedes Delpino, eventually playing the Palace Theater in 1925. After debuting on Broadway in "Harry Delmar's Revels" in 1927, Lahr had his first major success in a stage musical playing the prize fighter hero of "Hold Everything" (1928-29). Several other musicals followed, notably "Flying High" (1930), Ziegfeld's "Hot-Cha!" (1932) and "The Show Is On" (1936), which teamed him with Beatrice Lillie in a show conceived and directed by Vincente Minnelli. Audiences loved Lahr's penchant for mugging. twisting his face into comic grotesques and ad-libbing hilarious quips. Often onstage, he would perform routines that became signature pieces, like his famous "Stop in the name of the fire house" routine.

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      The Wizard of Oz

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      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 88% Cops and Robbers Unknown (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Second Greatest Sex Job McClure (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet 30% Rose Marie Barney McCorkle (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. Universe Joe Pulaski (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Always Leave Them Laughing Eddie Eagen (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet 20% Meet the People The Commander (Character) - 1944
      No Score Yet 42% Ship Ahoy Skip Owens (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sing Your Worries Away Clarence "Chow" Brewster (Character) - 1942
      98% 89% The Wizard of Oz Zeke/Cowardly Lion (Character) $5.5M 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Zaza Cascart (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet 62% Just Around the Corner Gus (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Merry-Go-Round of 1938 Bert (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Love and Hisses Sugar Boles (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Henry the Ache King Henry VIII (Character) - 1934
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Flying High Rusty (Character) - 1931

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1951 1956 1963-1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Startime Unknown (Character) 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet G.E. Theater Mr. O'Malley (Character) 1959