George Maharis

George Maharis

Highest Rated: 65% Exodus (1960)

Lowest Rated: 50% The Satan Bug (1965)

Birthday: Sep 1, 1928

Birthplace: Astoria, New York, USA

Actor George Maharis was a familiar leading man on television who became a star in the early 1960s playing Buz Murdock on the gearhead favorite, "Route 66." For two and a half seasons, Maharis, paired with Martin Milner, cruised the famed highway looking for adventure and meeting a steady flow of guest stars every week. Serious, dark, and shot on location, the episodic "Route 66" was a breath of fresh air during a time when most American television shows turned away from the gritty realities of everyday life. "Leave It to Beaver" it was not. Maharis left the show partway through the third season because he was unable to work due to contracting hepatitis, a claim that was initially refuted by the show's executives, who believed that the hot-shot young actor wanted to work on feature films instead. The actor did make the leap to the big screen, most notably in the science fiction thriller "The Satan Bug," the melodrama "Sylvia," and "The Happening," an attempt to cash in on the burgeoning anti-establishment youth market. He returned to television in 1970 as a regular on the Aaron Spelling show "The Most Deadly Game," but the show was cancelled after a season. Scandal followed the actor once again when he posed for Playgirl magazine in 1973 and the following year was arrested for having sex with a male hairdresser in a men's gas station bathroom in Los Angeles. The ruggedly handsome, charismatic actor retired from acting in 1993.

Highest rated movies

Exodus
The Satan Bug

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 23% Doppelganger Mike Wallace (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet 100% Return to Fantasy Island Dr. Hal Workman/Jack Hecker/Joe Capos (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Crash Evan Walsh (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet 8% SST: Death Flight Les Phillips (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet 14% Look What's Happened to Rosemary's Baby Guy Woodhouse (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 33% Murder on Flight 502 Robert Davenport (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Death to Sister Mary Mark Fields (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Come Die With Me Walter (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder Is a One-Act Play Mark Fields (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Death in Space Unknown (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Victim Ben Chapel (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 33% The Desperados Jacob Galt (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet 11% Land Raiders Paul Cardenas (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Monk Gus Monk (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last Day of the War Sgt. Chips Slater (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Escape to Mindanao Joe Walden (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Covenant With Death Ben Lewis (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Eighth Day Miles Catlan (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet 69% The Happening Taurus (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sylvia Alan Macklin (Character) - 1965
50% 44% The Satan Bug Lee Barrett (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Quick, Before It Melts Peter Santelli (Character) - 1964
65% 69% Exodus Yaov (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Route 66 - Producer's Picks Unknown (Character) - 1960

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 66% Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Master Unknown (Guest Star) 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1979-1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kojak Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bionic Woman Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Heavens Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet McMillan and Wife Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Snoop Sisters Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shaft Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Story Sgt. Hank Delany (Character) 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Barnaby Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cannon Paul Stubber (Guest Star) 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet I've Got a Secret Guest 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Route 66 Buz Murdock (Character) 1960-1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Judy Garland Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gibbsville Unknown (Guest Star)