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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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Bert Lahr Quotes:

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


Skip Owens: [kissing girls hand and begins to go up arm] oh, sorry - its the salmon in me trying to run upstream


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


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Judy Garland heard of Lahr's death as she was about to go on stage in Las Vegas. At her performance that night, she dedicated "Over the Rainbow" to the memory of Lahr, or, as she referred to him on that occasion, "my beloved Cowardly Lion.".

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

His son Herbert Lahr was born in 1929. His son John Lahr was born July 12, 1941. His daughter Jane was born September 2, 1943.

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