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George Cisar

Highest Rated:   100% Nightfall (1957)
Lowest Rated:   73% Call Northside 777 (1948)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Tick...Tick...Tick...
  • Barber
1970
No Score Yet The Split
  • Doorman
1968
80% 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 Married Too Young
  • Miltie
1962
96% Elmer Gantry
  • Friend
1960
No Score Yet Edge of Eternity
  • The Dealer
1959
80% 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

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