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(Source: article by Minoo Allen for Classic Movie Hub).
HONORS and AWARDS:.
Lahr was never nominated for an Academy Award.
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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