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George Cooper Grizzard, Jr. (April 1, 1928 – October 2, 2007) was an American Emmy Award- and Tony Award-winning actor of film, stage, and television. He appeared in more than 40 films, dozens of television programs, and a number of Broadway plays.

Contents

1 Life and career 2 Death 3 Selected TV and filmography 4 References 5 External links

Life and career[edit]

Grizzard and Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda
in a 1961 presentation of W. Somerset Maugham's A String of Beads

Grizzard was born in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, the son of Mary Winifred (née Albritton) and George Cooper Grizzard, an accountant.[2] Grizzard memorably appeared as an unscrupulous United States senator in the film Advise and Consent
Advise and Consent
in 1962. His other theatrical films included the drama From the Terrace
From the Terrace
with Paul Newman
Paul Newman
(1960), the Western story Comes a Horseman
Comes a Horseman
with Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda
(1978), and a Neil Simon comedy, Seems Like Old Times (1980). Grizzard guest-starred several times during the 1990s on the NBC television drama Law & Order as defense attorney Arthur Gold. He also portrayed President John Adams
John Adams
in the Emmy Award-winning WNET-produced PBS
PBS
miniseries The Adams Chronicles. In 1975, Grizzard played a Ku Klux Klan attorney in the NBC-TV movie Attack on Terror: The FBI vs. the Ku Klux Klan about the murder of three civil rights workers in Mississippi. Grizzard made his Broadway debut in The Desperate Hours in 1955. He was a frequent interpreter of the plays of Edward Albee, having appeared in the original 1962 production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? as Nick, as well as the 1996 revival of A Delicate Balance and the 2005 revival of Seascape. He also starred in You Know I Can't Hear You When the Water's Running. In 1980, he won an Emmy for his work in The Oldest Living Graduate. He starred as reporter Richard Larsen in The Deliberate Stranger, a television movie about serial killer Ted Bundy. He won the 1996 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for A Delicate Balance. Additional Broadway credits include The Creation of the World and Other Business, The Glass Menagerie, The Country Girl, The Royal Family, and California Suite. He also appeared in The Golden Girls
The Golden Girls
as George Devereaux, the late husband of Blanche Devereaux (played by Rue McClanahan), as well as Jamie Devereaux, George's brother. Grizzard made a guest-star appearance in the outdoor drama, The Lost Colony, as the comedy character Old Tom on Roanoke Island, North Carolina, in the summer of 1984. The show was directed by Joe Layton. In 2001, Grizzard played Judge Dan Haywood in a stage production of Judgment at Nuremberg
Judgment at Nuremberg
opposite Maximilian Schell
Maximilian Schell
under the production of actor Tony Randall. Grizzard appeared as Big Daddy in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Kennedy Center
Kennedy Center
in 2004. Grizzard's last film appearance was in Clint Eastwood's Flags of Our Fathers. He was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 2002.[3] Death[edit] Grizzard died in Manhattan
Manhattan
of complications from lung cancer. According to his New York Times obituary, his only survivor was his long-time companion William Tynan. Grizzard had kept his sexuality private during his life. Selected TV and filmography[edit]

Justice (1955-1956, TV) Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
(1956–1962, TV Series) - Alan Chatterton / Hubert Winter / Ted Lambert The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone
(1960–1963, TV Series) - Alan Talbot / Walter Ryder, Jr. / Roger Shackleforth From the Terrace
From the Terrace
(1960) - Alexander 'Lex' Porter Thriller (1960, TV Series) - Merle Jenkins Advise and Consent
Advise and Consent
(1962) - Senator Fred Van Ackerman Ben Casey
Ben Casey
(1963, TV Series) - Jonas King Dr. Kildare
Dr. Kildare
(1964, TV Series) - Douglas Martin Warning Shot
Warning Shot
(1967) - Walt Cody Marcus Welby, M.D. A Portrait of Debbie (1971, TV Series) - George Adams Happy Birthday, Wanda June
Happy Birthday, Wanda June
(1971) - Dr. Norbert Woodley The Stranger Within
The Stranger Within
(1974, TV Movie) - David Collins Attack on Terror: The FBI vs. the Ku Klux Klan (1975, TV Movie) - Attorney Clay The Lives of Jenny Dolan
The Lives of Jenny Dolan
(1975, TV Movie) - Ralph Stantlow The Adams Chronicles (1976, TV Mini-Series) - John Adams Hawaii 5-0 (1978, TV Series) - Al Marsh Comes a Horseman
Comes a Horseman
(1978) - Neil Atkinson Firepower (1979) - Leo Gelhorn The Oldest Living Graduate (1980, TV Movie) - Floyd Kincaid Seems Like Old Times (1980) - Governor Wrong is Right
Wrong is Right
(1982) - President Lockwood Trapper John M.D. (1984, TV Series) - Vernon Shaw Bachelor Party (1984) - Ed Thompson Spenser: For Hire (1985, TV Series) - Frank Silverman The Cosby Show
The Cosby Show
(1985, TV Series) - Mr. Barker Murder, She Wrote
Murder, She Wrote
(1985–1988, TV Series) - Edmund Hall / Prof. Tyler Stoneham / Dr. Aubrey Benton The Deliberate Stranger (1986, TV Movie) - Richard Larsen The Golden Girls
The Golden Girls
(1988–1990, TV Series) - George Devereaux / Jamie Caroline?
Caroline?
(1990, TV Movie) - Paul Carmichael Alex Haley's Queen
Alex Haley's Queen
(1993, TV Mini-Series) - Mr. Cherry Scarlett: Sequel to Margaret Mitchell's Gone With The Wind (1994, TV Mini-Series) - Henry Hamilton 3rd Rock from the Sun
3rd Rock from the Sun
(1997–1998, TV Series) - George Albright Wonder Boys (2000) - Fred Leer Small Time Crooks
Small Time Crooks
(2000) - George Blint Law & Order (1992–2000, TV Series) - Arthur Gold Flags of Our Fathers
Flags of Our Fathers
(2006) - John Bradley (final film role)

References[edit]

^ https://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/03/theater/03grizzard.html?_r=0 ^ http://www.filmreference.com/film/97/George-Grizzard.html ^ Broadway Beat - The Theatre Hall of Fame Awards by Richard Ridge Archived November 17, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.

Robert Berkvist (3 October 2007). "George Grizzard, Actor Noted for Albee Roles, Dies at 79". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-04-02. 

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to George Grizzard.

George Grizzard
George Grizzard
at the Internet Broadway Database
Internet Broadway Database
George Grizzard
George Grizzard
on IMDb George Grizzard
George Grizzard
at the Internet Off-Broadway Database George Grizzard
George Grizzard
at Find a Grave George Grizzard
George Grizzard
papers, circa 1900-2007, held by the Billy Rose Theatre Division, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

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Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Anthony Quayle
Anthony Quayle
(1975) Ed Flanders
Ed Flanders
(1976) Burgess Meredith
Burgess Meredith
(1977) Howard Da Silva
Howard Da Silva
(1978) Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando
(1979) George Grizzard
George Grizzard
(1980) David Warner (1981) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1982) Richard Kiley
Richard Kiley
(1983) Art Carney
Art Carney
(1984) Karl Malden
Karl Malden
(1985) John Malkovich
John Malkovich
(1986) Dabney Coleman
Dabney Coleman
(1987) John Shea
John Shea
(1988) Derek Jacobi
Derek Jacobi
(1989) Vincent Gardenia
Vincent Gardenia
(1990) James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
(1991) Hume Cronyn
Hume Cronyn
(1992) Beau Bridges
Beau Bridges
(1993) Michael A. Goorjian (1994) Donald Sutherland
Donald Sutherland
(1995) Tom Hulce
Tom Hulce
(1996) Beau Bridges
Beau Bridges
(1997) George C. Scott
George C. Scott
(1998) Peter O'Toole
Peter O'Toole
(1999) Hank Azaria
Hank Azaria
(2000) Brian Cox (2001) Michael Moriarty (2002) Ben Gazzara
Ben Gazzara
(2003) Jeffrey Wright
Jeffrey Wright
(2004) Paul Newman
Paul Newman
(2005) Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Irons
(2006) Thomas Haden Church
Thomas Haden Church
(2007) Tom Wilkinson
Tom Wilkinson
(2008) Ken Howard
Ken Howard
(2009) David Strathairn
David Strathairn
(2010) Guy Pearce
Guy Pearce
(2011) Tom Berenger
Tom Berenger
(2012) James Cromwell
James Cromwell
(2013) Martin Freeman
Martin Freeman
(2014) Bill Murray
Bill Murray
(2015) Sterling K. Brown
Sterling K. Brown
(2016) Alexander Skarsgård
Alexander Skarsgård
(2017)

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Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play

José Ferrer
José Ferrer
/ Fredric March
Fredric March
(1947) Henry Fonda
Henry Fonda
/ Paul Kelly / Basil Rathbone
Basil Rathbone
(1948) Rex Harrison
Rex Harrison
(1949) Sidney Blackmer
Sidney Blackmer
(1950) Claude Rains
Claude Rains
(1951) José Ferrer
José Ferrer
(1952) Tom Ewell
Tom Ewell
(1953) David Wayne
David Wayne
(1954) Alfred Lunt
Alfred Lunt
(1955) Paul Muni
Paul Muni
(1956) Fredric March
Fredric March
(1957) Ralph Bellamy
Ralph Bellamy
(1958) Jason Robards, Jr. (1959) Melvyn Douglas
Melvyn Douglas
(1960) Zero Mostel
Zero Mostel
(1961) Paul Scofield
Paul Scofield
(1962) Arthur Hill (1963) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1964) Walter Matthau
Walter Matthau
(1965) Hal Holbrook
Hal Holbrook
(1966) Paul Rogers (1967) Martin Balsam
Martin Balsam
(1968) James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
(1969) Fritz Weaver
Fritz Weaver
(1970) Brian Bedford
Brian Bedford
(1971) Cliff Gorman (1972) Alan Bates
Alan Bates
(1973) Michael Moriarty (1974) John Kani
John Kani
and Winston Ntshona (1975) John Wood (1976) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(1977) Barnard Hughes
Barnard Hughes
(1978) Tom Conti
Tom Conti
(1979) John Rubinstein
John Rubinstein
(1980) Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
(1981) Roger Rees
Roger Rees
(1982) Harvey Fierstein
Harvey Fierstein
(1983) Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Irons
(1984) Derek Jacobi
Derek Jacobi
(1985) Judd Hirsch
Judd Hirsch
(1986) James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
(1987) Ron Silver
Ron Silver
(1988) Philip Bosco (1989) Robert Morse
Robert Morse
(1990) Nigel Hawthorne (1991) Judd Hirsch
Judd Hirsch
(1992) Ron Leibman (1993) Stephen Spinella (1994) Ralph Fiennes
Ralph Fiennes
(1995) George Grizzard
George Grizzard
(1996) Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
(1997) Anthony LaPaglia
Anthony LaPaglia
(1998) Brian Dennehy
Brian Dennehy
(1999) Stephen Dillane
Stephen Dillane
(2000) Richard Easton (2001) Alan Bates
Alan Bates
(2002) Brian Dennehy
Brian Dennehy
(2003) Jefferson Mays
Jefferson Mays
(2004) Bill Irwin
Bill Irwin
(2005) Richard Griffiths
Richard Griffiths
(2006) Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(2007) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2008) Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
(2009) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(2010) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2011) James Corden
James Corden
(2012) Tracy Letts
Tracy Letts
(2013) Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston
(2014) Alex Sharp
Alex Sharp
(2015) Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(2016) Kevin Kline
Kevin Kline
(2017)

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