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George Sanders

George Sanders

After being convinced by a woman he had taken up with, George Sanders sold his beloved house in Majorca. Soon after, he checked into a hotel in Barcelona, and two days later, his body was discovered next to five empty tubes of Nembutal.

Brother of the actor Tom Conway. The two appeared together in The Falcon's Brother (1942), in which they portrayed -- appropriately enough -- brothers, and which was Sanders' final appearance as "The Falcon," a role he had grown tired of. In this entry, Sanders hands off the role to Conway, who took it up for nine subsequent films through 1946.

Credited as the author of the mystery novel, "Stranger at Home." Book was actually ghostwritten by Leigh Brackett. Book dedication reads, "To Leigh Brackett, whom I have never met".

Featured in a crime novel, "Crime On My Hands," in which he solved a murder on a film set. The book was ghost-written by Falcon screenwriter Craig Rice. The Author's Dedication reads "To Craig Rice, without whom it would not have been possible.".

First got involved in acting when a secretary in the same advertising firm suggested it. That secretary was Greer Garson.



George is also joined by his real life brother in the 1956 film Death of a Scoundrel (1956) (again playing his screen brother).

He and his ex-wife Zsa Zsa Gabor both played "Special Guest Villains" in "Batman" (1966).

His ex-wives Zsa Zsa Gabor and Magda Gabor were sisters.

His mother Margaret Sanders, his third wife Benita Hume, and his brother Tom Conway all died in the year 1967.

Is portrayed by Neil Hunt in Norma Jean & Marilyn (1996) (TV).

Possessed of a fine baritone singing voice, often raised at parties, Sanders released an album entitled "The George Sanders Touch: Songs for the Lovely Lady" (ABC-Paramount: 1958), today a much sought-after collector's item.

Prior to his casting in The Jungle Book (1967) animator Milt Kahl drew several drawings of Shere Khan looking quite haughty. One of the individuals who looked at the drawings immediately remarked on how similar they were to Sanders.

Sanders told David Niven in 1937, that he intended to commit suicide when he got older. In 1972, he fulfilled his promise, leaving this note: "Dear World, I am leaving because I am bored. I feel I have lived long enough. I am leaving you with your worries in this sweet cesspool. Good luck.".

Was one of two stars of the "Pink Panther" series to commit suicide. Capucine, who played Inspector Clouseau's wife in The Pink Panther (1963), killed herself in 1990.

Withdrew from the lead in the Broadway-bound musical version of "The Man Who Came to Dinner" called "Sherry!" (with Dolores Gray) during its Boston tryout in March 1967 when his wife Benita Hume was diagnosed with bone cancer. He was replaced by Clive Revill. The show was a quick failure on Broadway, and Hume passed away that November.


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