George Grizzard

George Grizzard

Highest Rated: 82% Wonder Boys (2000)

Lowest Rated: 31% From the Terrace (1960)

Birthday: Apr 1, 1928

Birthplace: Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, USA

Born in South Carolina, George Grizzard was raised in Washington DC, then went back to his original corner of the world to study radio broadcasting at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Grizzard hoped to get into the production end of radio upon graduation, but instead landed a frustrating job with an advertising agency. He then switched his interests to acting; he'd already played a few roles in college productions, and thought he might as well get paid for his hobby. After a season's worth of stock, he got his first professional job at the Arena Stage in Washington. He moved to New York, studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse, and in 1954 received his Equity card while appearing in an off-Broadway production of School for Scandal. The same year, he was cast in the Broadway melodrama The Desperate Hours, earning the Variety Critics Poll's "Best Actor" award for his performance. Other long-running Broadway assignments followed, including The Happiest Millionaire and The Disenchanted.Grizzard also made quite a few TV appearances during this period, both "live" and on film; he's the young Romeo who slips his girlfriend an all-too-powerful love potion in the 1960 Twilight Zone episode "The Chaser." In 1960, Grizzard made his first film appearance in From the Terrace; though his subsequent film work was sporadic, it was always high-profile, most notably his portrayal of the Nixonish Senator Van Ackerman in the 1962 Otto Preminger production Advise and Consent (this role launched Grizzard on a cinematic political career, embracing such "offices" as the Mayor in 1980's Seems Like Old Times and the U.S. President in 1982's Wrong Is Right). In 1961, Grizzard helped found the APA repertory in New York. He also spent a season with the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, where he starred in the rarely performed uncut version of Hamlet--his first-ever Shakespearean role. In 1976, Grizzard was Emmy-nominated for his portrayal of John Adams in PBS' The Adams Chronicles, and in 1980 he won the award for his work in the live network-cast The Oldest Living Graduate. In 1989, George Grizzard accepted his first regular TV-series role, playing unctuous morning-show news commentator Douglas Hayward in Studio 5-B. Grizzard died at age 79 of complications from lung cancer, in October 2007.


Highest Rated Movies



73% Flags of Our Fathers John Bradley $33.7M 2006
No Score Yet The Making of "The Ring" Actor 2005
No Score Yet Shady Hill Kidnapping Actor 2003
82% Wonder Boys Fred 2000
66% Small Time Crooks George Blint 2000
No Score Yet Caroline? Paul 1999
No Score Yet Scarlett Actor 1994
No Score Yet Not in My Family (Shattering the Silence) Malcolm Worth 1992
No Score Yet Iran: Days of Crisis President Jimmy Carter 1991
No Score Yet Ghosts Can't Do It Actor 1990
No Score Yet David Actor 1988
No Score Yet Perry Mason: The Case of the Scandalous Scoundrel Dr. Clayman 1987
No Score Yet The Deliberate Stranger Richard Larsen 1986
No Score Yet Embassy Sen. Tunnard 1985
54% Bachelor Party Mr. Thompson 1984
33% Wrong Is Right President Lockwood 1982
72% Seems Like Old Times Governor 1980
No Score Yet The Oldest Living Graduate Actor 1980
No Score Yet Attica Tom Wicker 1980
No Score Yet Firepower Gelhorn 1979
70% Comes a Horseman Neil Atkinson 1978
No Score Yet The Adams Chronicles Actor 1976
No Score Yet The Stranger Within Actor 1974
No Score Yet A Memory of Two Mondays Actor 1971
No Score Yet Happy Birthday, Wanda June Dr. Norbert Woodley 1971
No Score Yet Warning Shot Walt Cody 1967
75% Advise and Consent Sen. Fred Van Ackerman 1962
31% From the Terrace Lex Porter 1960


No Score Yet Law & Order
Arthur Gold Meyers 2000
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
No Score Yet American Experience
John W. Davis 1993
No Score Yet The Golden Girls
Guest George Devereaux 1990
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
Prof. Tyler Stoneham Dr. Arthur Benson 1988
No Score Yet The Cosby Show
Mr. Barker 1985
No Score Yet Trapper John, M.D.
Vernon 1984
No Score Yet American Playhouse
Wooster 1982
No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D.
George 1971
No Score Yet Ironside
Larry 1970
No Score Yet Rawhide
Captain Ballinger 1965
82% The Twilight Zone
Roger Shackleforth Alan Talbot/Walter Ryder Jr. 1963
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Ted Hubert Winter Chatterton 1962


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