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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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Bert Lahr Quotes:

Zeke: Listen, kid. Are you gonna try and let that old Gulch heifer try and buffalo ya'? She ain't nothing to be afraid of. Have a little courage, that's all.
Dorothy: I'm not afraid of her.
Zeke: Well then, next time she squawks, walk right up to her and spit in her eye. That's what I'd do.


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


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


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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.

Bert Lahr's son, John Lahr, is now a drama critic with The New Yorker.

He began seeing his future second wife Mildred in the early 1930s while his first wife was institutionalized. Mildred left him in March 1936 and married another man because he would not divorce his first wife. Mildred left her first husband by the end of 1936 and went back to Lahr, who obtained a divorce from his first wife a year later.

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