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:

Zeke: It's a twister! It's a twister!


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.


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


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Even though he divorced his first wife, he still loved her and divorced her only because her severe mental state made it impossible for her to function in a marriage. When she died, he did not speak a word for three days.

Appeared in a total of 18 Broadway shows from 1927 through 1964.

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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