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George Grizzard

Highest Rated:   86% Comes a Horseman (1978)
Lowest Rated:   30% From the Terrace (1960)
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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.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
73% Flags of Our Fathers
  • John Bradley
$33.6M 2006
No Score Yet The Making of "The Ring"
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Shady Hill Kidnapping
  • Actor
2003
81% Wonder Boys
  • Fred
2000
67% Small Time Crooks
  • George Blint
2000
No Score Yet Caroline?
  • Paul
1999
No Score Yet Scarlett
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet Queen
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet 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
38% Wrong Is Right
  • President Lockwood
1982
71% 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
86% 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
82% Advise and Consent
  • Sen. Fred Van Ackerman
1962
30% From the Terrace
  • Lex Porter
1960

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