George Cisar

Highest Rated: 100% Nightfall (1957)
Lowest Rated: 73% Call Northside 777 (1948)
Birthday: Jul 28, 1912
Birthplace: Not Available
Bald, moon-faced character actor George Cisar kept busy in a 22-year Hollywood career with roles in well over 100 film and television productions, starting in 1948 with an uncredited bit as a policeman in Henry Hathaway's Call Northside 777. Perhaps it was his rough-hewn yet genial features, coupled with an unaffected working-class accent and demeanor, but he was frequently put into police uniforms; and, in fact, many baby boomers may instantly recognize Cisar's face, if not his name, for his recurring role as the long-suffering Sgt. Mooney on the series Dennis the Menace, a part he portrayed in over two dozen episodes between 1960 and 1963. He worked in every genre from romantic comedies to Westerns, horror, and science fiction. In 1956 alone, Cisar was a barfly in Fred F. Sears' Teenage Crime Wave; a bartender in Sears' The Werewolf; and the somewhat disingenuous father of a vengeful teenager, who tries to sponsor and then derail a controversial rock & roll show, in Sears' Don't Knock the Rock. Cisar was obviously reliable, as director Sears and producer Sam Katzman -- who made those three movies -- were known for efficient filmmaking on a notoriously low budget.Cisar worked a lot for them at Columbia Pictures (which also produced Dennis the Menace), but he also did a lot of work at Ziv TV, on series such as Highway Patrol and Bat Masterson, in addition to regular appearance in Dragnet, where Jack Webb apparently liked keeping him busy and employed. Cisar could be funny or sinister, and some of his appearances were limited to a single line or two of dialogue, as in The Giant Claw (1957), where he provided a moment of comic relief (indeed, in that movie, his scene was one of the rare intentionally amusing moments). He also turned up in tiny roles in high-profile pictures such as Jailhouse Rock (1957) and Some Came Running (1958). Typically, Cisar would go from a co-starring part in a low-budget exploitation picture, such as Bernard Kowalski's Attack of the Giant Leeches, to a bit in, say, Don Siegel's Edge of Eternity, and then right on to an episode of The Untouchables (all 1959). Cisar retired at the start of the 1970s and passed away in 1979.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Tick...Tick...Tick... Barber 1970
No Score Yet The Split Doorman 1968
78% Batman: The Movie Rumpot in Window 1966
No Score Yet Billy the Kid vs. Dracula Joe Blake 1966
85% Viva Las Vegas Manager of Swingers 1964
No Score Yet A House Is Not a Home Dr. Saunders 1964
No Score Yet Married Too Young Miltie 1962
97% Elmer Gantry Friend 1960
No Score Yet Edge of Eternity The Dealer 1959
82% Some Came Running Hubie Nelson 1959
79% Jailhouse Rock Jake the Bartender 1957
No Score Yet Chicago Confidential Tomkins 1957
100% Nightfall Bus Driver 1957
No Score Yet The Buckskin Lady Cranston 1957
No Score Yet The Brothers Rico Dude Cowboy 1957
No Score Yet The Werewolf Hoxie 1956
No Score Yet Teen-Age Crime Wave Man 1955
73% Call Northside 777 Policeman 1948

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Hogan's Heroes
1965-1971
Gen. Boland
  • 1969
No Score Yet Ironside
1967-1975
George Tubbs
  • 1969
No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show
1960-1968
Sheriff Mitchell Cyrus Tankersley
  • 1967
  • 1966
  • 1964
  • 1961
No Score Yet The Beverly Hillbillies
1962-1971
Police Sergeant
  • 1964
No Score Yet My Favorite Martian
1963-1966
Policeman Patrolman #1
  • 1963
No Score Yet Leave It to Beaver
1957-1963
Postman
  • 1963
  • 1962

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