Bert Lahr Overview:

Legendary actor, Bert Lahr, was born Irving Lahrheim on Aug 13, 1895 in New York City, NY. Lahr died at the age of 72 on Dec 4, 1967 in New York City, NY and was laid to rest in Union Field Cemetery in Ridgewood, Queens County, NY.

Despite his iconic role as The Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz, Hollywood hardly made use of this moon-faced, brown-haired vaudevillian trained actor. His high octane, explosive humor made him popular with audiences and colleagues alike. His comedic skills were seen in series of musical comedies such as Du Barry Was a Lady and Always Leave Them Laughing. Later in his career he moved to the stage, where he had a successful of the then risky stage play, Waiting for Godot

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Lahr was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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Classic Movie Travels: ? New York, NY and Seattle, WA (1895 – 1967) was lucky enough to have an iconic role in one of the most beloved films of all time. While many will recall his performance as the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz (1939), his experience as an e... Read full article


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Bert Lahr Quotes:

Cowardly Lion: Come on, get up and fight, ya shivering junkyard! Put your hands up, ya lopsided bag o' hay!


Zeke: [to pigs] Get in there, before I make a dime bank out of you.


The Commander: You must come up and launch with me sometime.


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Father of Jane Lahr.

Was one of the hosts of the first telecast of the classic film "The Wizard of Oz" (the others were 'Judy Garland (I)' 's daughter 'Liza Minnelli', who was ten at the time, and twelve-year-old Oz expert Justin G. Schiller). This marked the only time on television that an actor who played a leading role in the film , as well as one of the offspring of an actor who starred in it, hosted the presentation.

According to his son John Lahr in "Notes on a Cowardly Lion" (the official biography), Lahr had terminal cancer but did not know it when he signed to do "The Night They Raided Minsky's." He agreed to shoot an extensive night scene outdoors in New York City on a cold December night, leading to the pneumonia that was the immediate cause of his death. His completed scenes were left in the film, which was edited around them.

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