George Plimpton

George Plimpton

Highest Rated: 100% Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film (2006)

Lowest Rated: 16% The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990)

Birthday: Mar 18, 1927

Birthplace: Not Available

To call George Plimpton merely an actor is woefully inadequate. Plimpton has also been a bullfighter, an orchestra conductor, a baseball and football player, a boxer, a circus performer and a tennis pro. He has indulged in each of these activities precisely once. George Plimpton's principal career was writing, something he pursued while at Harvard (he was an editor of the Harvard Lampoon) and while serving on the editing staff of Paris Review in the '50s and Horizon and Sports Illustrated in the '60s. Early in his career, Plimpton determined that the best way to write with expertise on a subject was through first-hand experience. Thus he fought bulls in Spain with Ernest Hemingway, played football with the Detroit Lions, was matched with tennis champ Pancho Gonzalez and bridge expert Osward Jacoby, and survived a few rounds with champion boxer Archie Moore. And he acted. He was a Bedouin extra in Lawrence of Arabia (1962), a bit player in The Detective (1968), and the character Bill Ford in Paper Lion (1968), a film based on Plimpton's own account of his brief football career (Alan Alda played Plimpton). From his experience playing a bit role as a gunned-down desperado in John Waynes Rio Lobo (1970), Plimpton fashioned an entire one-hour network TV special! Easily recognizable in later days thanks to his lucrative lecture and commercial endorsements, George Plimpton's acting assignments in recent years have been on the basis of his personality rather than as a stunt: Jodie Foster gave him a particularly suitable role as a William Buckley-type talk-show moderator in Little Man Tate (1991). Increasingly prominant on the screen throughout the 1990s, Plimpton essayed numerous small roles in such popular films as L.A. Story (1991), Nixon (1995), Good Will Hunting (1997) and Edtv (1999). As the 1990s gave way to the new millennium Plimpton was still going strong despite the effects of the passing years, and in 2001 alone he essayed a supporting role in the comedy Just Visiting and provided voiceover work for the short film Bullet in the Brain. On September 25, 2003, the world lost one of its most flamboyant and entertaining literary icons when George Plimpton died in his sleep in his New York apartment. He was 76.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Cooper and Hemingway: The True Gen Actor 2013
96% Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton As Himself Actor 2013
84% Soul Power Actor $0.3M 2009
78% Doc Actor 2007
No Score Yet Shortcut to Happiness (The Devil and Daniel Webster) Himself 2007
73% Infamous Screenwriter $1.1M 2006
100% Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film Actor 2006
No Score Yet Truman Capote: The Tiny Terror Actor 2005
100% Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson Actor 2005
No Score Yet Sam the Man Actor 2005
No Score Yet Horatio's Drive: America's First Road Trip Actor 2003
No Score Yet Thomas Pynchon: Journey Into the Mind Actor 2003
63% Breakfast With Hunter Actor 2003
33% Just Visiting Dr. Brady 2001
64% EDtv Panel Member 1999
73% Last Days of Disco Clubgoer 1998
97% Good Will Hunting Psychologist 1997
98% When We Were Kings Actor 1996
74% Nixon President's Lawyer 1995
24% Just Cause Elder Philips 1995
73% Little Man Tate Winston F. Buckner 1991
94% L.A. Story Straight Weatherman 1991
16% The Bonfire of the Vanities Well Wisher 1990
No Score Yet Easy Wheels Surgeon 1990
No Score Yet Religion, Inc. God 1989
58% Volunteers Lawrence Bourne Jr. 1985
No Score Yet Pumping Iron II: The Women Actor 1985
90% Reds Horace Whigham 1981
No Score Yet The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover Quentin Reynolds 1978
No Score Yet If Ever I See You Again Lawrence 1978
68% Rio Lobo Whitey's henchman 1971
100% The Detective Reporter 1968
No Score Yet Vali: The Witch of Positano Producer 1965


No Score Yet American Masters
Narrator 2014
85% The Simpsons
Voice 2003
No Score Yet American Experience
Voice 2003
No Score Yet A Nero Wolfe Mystery
No Score Yet ER
John Carter Sr. 2001
No Score Yet Just Shoot Me
Himself 2000
No Score Yet Ken Burns' Baseball
Voice 1994
No Score Yet Wings
Therapist 1994
No Score Yet The Equalizer
Brandauer 1989


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