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Date Of BirthSeptember 1, 1928
FactBared all for a 1970s Playgirl centerfold spread.

George Maharis is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Buz Murdock in the television series Route 66, which aired on CBS from 1960 to 1964.

Maharis was born in Astoria, Queens, New York, on September 1, 1928. His parents were Greek immigrants. He has two brothers and two sisters.

Maharis was educated at the New York City public school system. He began his acting career in the 1950s, appearing in various television shows and movies.

In 1960, Maharis was cast as Buz Murdock in Route 66. The show was a hit, and Maharis became a household name. He appeared in all 116 episodes of the series.

After Route 66 ended, Maharis continued to act in various television shows and movies. In recent years, he has appeared in guest roles on such shows as The Young and the Restless and Days of Our Lives.

Maharis has been married three times. His first marriage was to actress Julie Adams, with whom he had one child. His second marriage was to actress Joyce Bulifant, with whom he had two children. His third marriage is to actress Nancy Deale, with whom he has one child.

Maharis is currently retired from acting. His net worth is estimated to be $5 million.

General Info

Full NameGeorge Maharis
Date Of BirthSeptember 1, 1928
ProfessionActor, Music artist, Singer, Visual Artist
EducationActors Studio


SiblingsRobert Maharis


AwardsPlaygirl Man of the Month
MoviesThe Satan Bug, A Covenant with Death, Land Raiders, The Sword and the Sorcerer, The Desperados, Quick, Before It Melts, The Happening, Sylvia, Murder on Flight 502, Look What's Happened to Rosemary's Baby, SST: Death Flight, Doppelganger
TV ShowsSearch for Tomorrow, The Most Deadly Game, Route 66

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1Nelson Riddle was terrific, he really was. And I always loved that theme. It was based on, I think, somebody told me, an old Jimmy Dorsey thing which was called "Oodles of Noodles," but I'm not sure about that. I love that theme, you know. Ba-da-da-da-da, da-da-da-da-da-daa. It's just a traveling song. -- GM, on the theme song from the series Route 66 (1960)
2You learn to draw from your own life experiences and allow that to serve you as you play a character. It encourages you to be daring, fresh, not repetitive, and it draws you away from imitating. The end result is that your work is honest and believable because you're connected to what you're doing. -- GM, on the positive aspects of "Method" acting


1Only four years younger than Katy Jurado, who played his mother in A Covenant with Death.
2George Maharis plead guilty for a Hollywood lewd conduct arrest on 15 December 1967 with a male. Maharis blamed this incident for damaging his career.
3"George Maharis Arrested in Men's Room", Gay Scene, December 1974: "Famous Hollywood actor George Maharis was arrested November 21 and charged with committing a sex act with a hairdresser in the men's room of a gas station in Los Angeles... He was booked on a sex perversion charge along with Perfecto Telles, 33, the hairdresser, and released on $500 bail, according to police.".
4Homes in New York City and Beverly Hills -- still painting [2008]
5His career was damaged a few years after he left "Route 66". A lover of his died and one of the tabloids published a sensational story about their gay union. George claimed that the casting offices stopped calling after that.
6Bared all for a 1970s Playgirl centerfold spread.
7He left the popular series Route 66 (1960) almost near the end of its third season in an uproar over some contract dispute and was later replaced by Glenn Corbett as Martin Milner's new sidekick. The series wasn't quite the same thereafter, and since Corbett didn't have the chemistry Maharis had with Milner, it lasted a little over a season.
8Brother of Robert Maharis




Doppelganger1993Mike Wallace
Murder, She Wrote1990TV SeriesCharlie Emmet Cosmo, Esq. / Alex Burton
Superboy1989TV SeriesJack McAlister
The Master1984TV SeriesSimon Garrett
Matt Houston1984TV SeriesDr. Charles Brockway
The Sword and the Sorcerer1982Machelli
Fantasy Island1978-1982TV SeriesJack Becker / Dr. Hal Workman / Mario Ferini / ...
Crash1978TV MovieEvan Walsh
Logan's Run1978TV SeriesGavin
Switch1977TV SeriesClouston
The Feather and Father Gang1977TV SeriesSherwin
Police Story1973-1977TV SeriesSalter / J.R. Peters / Sgt. Hank Delany
Kojak1977TV SeriesRinger
SST: Death Flight1977TV MovieLes Phillips
Gibbsville1977TV Series
The Bionic Woman1976TV SeriesSgt. Bob Welton
Look What's Happened to Rosemary's Baby1976TV MovieGuy Woodhouse
Bert D'Angelo/Superstar1976TV SeriesLee Mitchell
Jigsaw John1976TV SeriesRobert Derek
Good Heavens1976TV SeriesGary Lawrence
Rich Man, Poor Man1976TV Mini-SeriesJoey Quayles
Ellery Queen1976TV SeriesDr. Anthony Bender
Murder on Flight 5021975TV MovieRobert Davenport
Nakia1974TV SeriesJoe Arnold
Movin' On1974TV SeriesHarry Lorimer
McMillan & Wife1974TV SeriesWalter Webley
Death in Space1974TV Movie
Thriller1974TV SeriesMark Fields
The Wide World of Mystery1974TV SeriesWalter
The Snoop Sisters1974TV SeriesRobert Duware
Marcus Welby, M.D.1974TV SeriesCurtis Haynes
Shaft1974TV SeriesWally Doyle
Barnaby Jones1973TV SeriesWarren Davis
Of Men and Women1973TV MoviePete Hamilton (segment "The Brave and Happy Life")
Mission: Impossible1973TV SeriesThomas Bachman
The Victim1972TV MovieBen Chapel
Cannon1972TV SeriesPaul Stubber
Medical Center1971TV SeriesEvan Kenbrook
Cade's County1971TV SeriesDeck Minty
Night Gallery1971TV SeriesPeter Lacland (segment "The Hand of Borgus Weems")
The Most Deadly Game1970-1971TV SeriesJonathan Croft
The Last Day of the War1970Sgt. Chips Slater
The Monk1969TV MovieGus Monk
Land Raiders1969Pablo Cardenas
The Desperados1969Jacob Galt
Love Story1968TV Series
Escape to Mindanao1968TV MovieJoe Walden
Journey to the Unknown1968TV SeriesStephen Drake
The Danny Thomas Hour1967TV SeriesPhil Pearson
The Happening1967Taurus
A Covenant with Death1967Ben Lewis
A Small Rebellion1966TV MovieMichael Kolinos
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre1966TV SeriesMiles Catlan / Michael Kolinos
The Satan Bug1965Lee Barrett
Sylvia1965Alan Macklin
Quick Before It Melts1964Peter Santelli
Route 661960-1963TV SeriesBuz Murdock
Naked City1959-1960TV SeriesTony Bacallas / Johnny Gary / Lundy / ...
Alcoa Theatre1960TV SeriesJohnny Cesare
Brenner1959TV Series
Deadline1959TV SeriesDan
The Mugger1958Nicholas Grecco
The Phil Silvers Show1958TV SeriesSeaman, craps game
Goodyear Playhouse1957TV Series
Mister Peepers1955TV SeriesMarlon Brando
The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse1953TV SeriesDancer at the Dance Club
Search for Tomorrow1951TV SeriesBud Gardner (1960-1961)


Shindig!1965TV Series performer - 1 episode
Hullabaloo1965TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Judy Garland Show1963TV Series performer - 1 episode


Vicki!1994TV SeriesHimself
The Joe Franklin Show1989TV Series
The (New) $25,000 Pyramid1974-1978TV SeriesHimself
Shoot for the Stars1977TV SeriesHimself
Showoffs1975TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1965-1975TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
The Merv Griffin Show1962-1973TV SeriesHimself
The Hollywood Squares1967-1972TV SeriesHimself
The David Frost Show1970-1972TV SeriesHimself
The Virginia Graham Show1971-1972TV SeriesHimself
The Dick Cavett Show1970TV SeriesHimself
You're Putting Me On1969TV SeriesHimself
Allen Ludden's Gallery1969TV SeriesHimself
The Ed Nelson Show1969TV SeriesHimself
Two of a Kind1967TV SeriesHimself
The Sammy Davis, Jr. Show1966TV SeriesHimself
I've Got a Secret1965TV SeriesGuest star
Shindig!1965TV SeriesHimself - Singer
Hullabaloo1965TV SeriesHimself - (Host)
Blackpool Night Out1965TV SeriesHimself
Milton Fox, Esq.1964Documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
The New Steve Allen Show1964TV SeriesHimself
The Judy Garland Show1963TV SeriesHimself
Talent Scouts1963TV SeriesHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1963TV SeriesHimself - Actor / Singer
Password All-Stars1962TV SeriesPanelist
Here's Hollywood1961-1962TV SeriesHimself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1962TV SeriesHimself
The 13th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1961TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show1961TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

The Sixties2014TV Mini-Series documentaryBuzz Murdock - Route 66


Won Awards

1965Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsNew Faces, Male

Nominated Awards

1962Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Series (Lead)Route 66 (1960)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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