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DiedNovember 28, 1983, Los Angeles, California, United States
SpouseLynda Day George
FactChristopher George earned the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. These awards are documented in his official military personnel file available at the National Archives and Records Administration.

Christopher George was born on February 16, 1929, in Royal Oak, Michigan. His parents were George and Gladys (nee Wilkins) George. He had two sisters, Virginia and Elizabeth. His early education was at the Royal Oak public schools. He excelled in sports, especially football and baseball. After graduation from high school, he attended the University of Michigan on a football scholarship. He played football for the Wolverines for three years before being drafted by the Detroit Lions in the 1952 NFL Draft. He played for the Lions for two years before being traded to the Green Bay Packers. He played for the Packers for four years before being traded to the Chicago Bears. He played for the Bears for two years before retiring from football in 1960.

George began his acting career in 1961 with a guest appearance on the TV series “Wagon Train.” He went on to guest star on such popular TV shows as “The Untouchables,” “The Twilight Zone,” “The Fugitive,” “Mission: Impossible,” “Kojak,” “Baretta” and “Magnum, P.I.” He also appeared in the TV miniseries “Roots” (1977) and “The Winds of War” (1983). His film credits include “The Young Lions” (1958), “The Rat Patrol” (1966), “The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission” (1988) and “Hang ‘Em High” (1988).

George was married to actress Stella Stevens from 1962 to 1967. They had one daughter, Tricia Leigh Fisher, who is also an actress. George died of a heart attack on November 28, 1983, at the age of 54.

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Full NameChristopher George
DiedNovember 28, 1983, Los Angeles, California, United States
ProfessionActor, Soldier, Entrepreneur
EducationUniversity of Miami


SpouseLynda Day George
ChildrenNicky George
ParentsJohn George, Vaseleke George
SiblingsNick George


NominationsGolden Globe Award for Best TV Star - Male
MoviesChisum, City of the Living Dead, El Dorado, The Exterminator, Grizzly, Day of the Animals, The Train Robbers, Graduation Day, Enter the Ninja, Pieces, Dixie Dynamite, The Thousand Plane Raid, I Escaped from Devil's Island, The Delta Factor, The Devil's 8, Project X, Midway, Massacre Harbor, Mortuary...
TV ShowsMayday at 40,000 Feet!, The Immortal, The Rat Patrol

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1"The first time I met John Wayne, I addressed him as Mr. Wayne. "The name is Duke," he said. We were about to do a scene together and he showed me first how to act in the scene. When the take was over, he liked it so much, he ran up to me and gave me a bear hug and lifted me clean off my feet!" - on co-starring with John Wayne in the films El Dorado (1967), Chisum (1970), and The Train Robbers (1973).
2Sam Troy doesn't like authority. He doesn't want anyone trying to control his life. He wants to guide his own destiny -- and in that desert patrol, he's found a way to do it. That desert patrol is Sam Troy's world. Anything that comes near it, that will endanger it, he destroys. He's absolutely dedicated to his own values. He'll shoot an enemy cold-bloodedly if it's necessary, to protect these values. {Christpher George on "Sam Troy" in The Rat Patrol (1966)].


1Christopher George first duty station was Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station Quantico, Virginia. In April 1950, he transferred to Aircraft Engineering Squadron 12 (AES-12), also located at Quantico. AES-12 maintained the aircraft for school pilots and also used them as a demonstration squadron for members of the United States Congress, demonstrating new rockets and bombs. While assigned to AES-12, George rose to the rank of sergeant.
2Christopher George earned the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. These awards are documented in his official military personnel file available at the National Archives and Records Administration.
3During the Korean War, Christopher George skippered a Marine Corps crash boat and served as gunner aboard the type of rescue aircraft used to fly wounded out of Korea. George completed a three-year enlistment with the Marines and stayed for an additional fourth year of service before asking for an honorable discharge and returning home to Miami.
4Christopher George could not speak English until he was six years old, because his family only spoke Greek at home.
5Christopher George enlisted in the United States Marine Corps (USMC) on October 13, 1948, at Jacksonville, Florida, at age 17. He lied about his age on his recruitment form by giving his year of birth as 1929, which then stuck with him for most of his adult life.
6Worked as a print model for ads in the early to mid-sixties. One such appearance is in the October 1964 issue of Playboy, on the inside front cover, for Van Heusen 417 shirts.
7Was a close friend of singer Johnnie Ray.
8Often described as the uncle of Vanna White. Vanna has said that, although he was not a biological relation of hers, "my mother grew up with his family. Years later in L.A., he and his wife took me under their wing".
9Appeared together with his wife/actress Lynda Day George in a number of films: The Gentle Rain (1966), Chisum (1970), House on Greenapple Road (1970), Mayday at 40,000 Feet! (1976), Day of the Animals (1977), Cruise Into Terror (1978), Pieces (1982) and Mortuary (1983) as well as several TV series.
10His fatal 1983 heart attack stemmed from a 1967 mishap on the set of The Rat Patrol (1966). While filming a chase scene, George's jeep flipped over, pinning the actor underneath the vehicle. George sustained a cardiac contusion, which never properly healed, and scar tissue subsequently developed.
11Buried at Pierce Brothers Westwood Memorial Park.
12Appeared as the centerfold in Playgirl Magazine's June 1974 issue.
13Appeared with his brother, Nick George, in the The Rat Patrol (1966) episode, The Rat Patrol: The Field of Death Raid (1968).




Mortuary1983/IHank Andrews
Pieces1982Lt. Bracken
Fantasy Island1978-1982TV SeriesWilliam Lowell / Dr. Greg Miller / Joe Beck / ...
Angkor: Cambodia Express1982MacArthur
Enter the Ninja1981Venarius
Graduation Day1981Coach George Michaels
City of the Living Dead1980Peter Bell
The Exterminator1980Detective James Dalton
The Love Boat1978-1979TV SeriesRoss Randall / Bud Pomeroy / Bill Wainwright
The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo1979TV SeriesDandy Jim Brody
Charlie's Angels1979TV SeriesChadway
Vega$1978TV SeriesNicky Trent
Cruise Into Terror1978TV MovieNeal Barry
Questo si che è amore1978Mike
Whiskey Mountain1977Bill
Day of the Animals1977Steve Buckner
Mayday at 40,000 Feet!1976TV MovieStan Burkhart
Midway1976Lieutenant Commander C. Wade McClusky
Dixie Dynamite1976Sheriff Phil Marsh
Grizzly1976Michael Kelly
Wonder Woman1976TV SeriesRojak
S.W.A.T.1975TV SeriesHarry / Bravo
The Last Survivors1975TV MovieDuane Jeffreys
McCloud1975TV SeriesVincent Burns
Police Story1974-1975TV SeriesLt. Dutch Bennett / Doug Rollins
Thriller1974TV SeriesBernard Peel
The Inbreaker1974Roy MacRae
Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law1974TV SeriesCromwell
The Wide World of Mystery1974TV Series
Pushing Up Daisies1973Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)
I Escaped from Devil's Island1973Davert (as Chris George)
Bad Charleston Charlie1973Lawyer (uncredited)
Love, American Style1971-1973TV SeriesPeter (segment "Love and the Burglar Joke") / Chuck (segment "Love and Formula 26B")
The Train Robbers1973Calhoun
The Heist1972TV MovieJoe Craddock
Man on a String1972TV MovieLieutenant Pete King
Dead Men Tell No Tales1971TV MovieLarry Towers / Vic Jacobi
Mission: Impossible1971TV SeriesWendell Hoyes
Escape1971TV MovieCameron Steele
The Immortal1969-1971TV SeriesBen Richards
Chisum1970Dan Nodeen
The Delta Factor1970Morgan
The F.B.I.1970TV SeriesPeter Joseph Tenny
House on Greenapple Road1970TV MovieLt. Dan August
Tiger by the Tail1970Steve Michaelis
The Devil's 81969Ray Faulkner
The Thousand Plane Raid1969Col. Greg Brandon
Massacre Harbor1968Sgt. Sam Troy
Project X1968Hagan Arnold
The Rat Patrol1966-1968TV SeriesSgt. Sam Troy
El Dorado1967Nelse McLeod
Thirteen Against Fate1966TV SeriesDomb
The Gentle Rain1966Bill Patterson
Bewitched1965TV SeriesGeorge
In Harm's Way1965Sailor (uncredited)


Celebrity Bowling1975TV SeriesHimself
Tattletales1974-1975TV SeriesHimself
Mitzi and a Hundred Guys1975TV SpecialHimself (uncredited)
The 29th Annual Golden Globe Awards1972TV SpecialHimself
Mantrap1971TV SeriesHimself
The Hollywood Squares1967-1970TV SeriesHimself
It's Happening1968TV SeriesHimself
The 10th Annual TV Week Logie Awards1968TV SpecialHimself

Archive Footage

Conan2012TV SeriesVenarius
Confessions of a Horror Baby2011TV Series
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills: America's Most Heart-Pounding Movies2001TV Special documentaryHimself
100 Years of the Hollywood Western1994TV Movie documentaryHimself
Reel Horror1985Lawyer
Grizzly II: The Concert1983Ranger Michael Kelly (uncredited)
Charlie's Angels1981TV SeriesChadway
The Shootist1976Books' Victim in Flashback (uncredited)


Nominated Awards

1967Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest TV Star - MaleThe Rat Patrol (1966)

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