Anthony George

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Anthony George
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George, as Don Corey, with guest star Eve Arden in Checkmate (1961)
Born
Ottavio Gabriel George

(1921-01-29)January 29, 1921
DiedMarch 16, 2005(2005-03-16) (aged 84)
OccupationActor

Anthony George (born Ottavio Gabriel George, January 29, 1921 – March 16, 2005) was an American actor mostly seen on television. He is best known for roles of Don Corey in CBS's Checkmate , Burke Devlin #2 and Jeremiah Collins on ABC's Dark Shadows , as Dr. Tony Vincente on CBS's Search for Tomorrow , and Dr. Will Vernon #3 on ABC's One Life to Live .

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Background

He was born in Endicott, New York, near Binghamton, the second son of Italian immigrant parents. From the age of six, George dreamed of being in films. After serving in World War II, George moved to Hollywood. Though the first few years were lean, by 1950, he had received his first credit and the work began to accumulate. The vast majority of George's roles were on television.

Acting career

In 1955, George appeared as Sergei in the episode "Mightier Than the Sword" of the religion anthology television series, Crossroads , based on stories about American clergymen.

George was cast as an Indian guide in the 1956 episode "Death in the Snow" of NBC's anthology series, The Joseph Cotten Show: On Trial ; Cotton later returned the favor, guest-starring in the episode "Face in the Window" of Checkmate. George portrayed Indian roles in the CBS western series, Brave Eagle , starring Keith Larsen as a young Cheyenne chief who tries to maintain peace with the white community. George was cast in the episodes "The Treachery of At-Ta-Tu" (1955), as Night Wind in "Voice of the Serpent" (1955), and as Red Wing in "Witch Bear" (1956).

In 1957, he appeared as Sancho Mendariz on the TV western Cheyenne in the episode, "The Spanish Grant". On July 31, 1957, George was cast as Nick Frazee, a bank robber who kills a deputy sheriff before making his getaway, in the episode "Hold Up" of the series Sheriff of Cochise , in which Sheriff Frank Morgan (John Bromfield), based in Cochise County, Arizona, establishes roadblocks in pursuit of Frazee and two of his men, but the fleeing bandits take an isolated road into the mountains.

In 1958, he played an escaped mental patient in an episode of Highway Patrol , a police drama starring Broderick Crawford. (The first name of George's acting credits is sometimes Anthony, sometimes Tony.) In January 1959, George played a Roman Catholic priest, Padre John, in the episode "The Desperadoes" of the ABC/Warner Brothers western series, Sugarfoot , starring Will Hutchins in the title role. Set at a mission in South Texas, Sugarfoot learns of a mysterious plot to assassinate Mexican President Benito Juarez. Abby Dalton and Jack Kruschen guest-starred with George in this episode as Elizabeth Bingham and Sam Bolt, respectively.

Later in 1959, George was first cast as federal agent Cam Allison in the first season of ABC's The Untouchables , with Robert Stack. He appeared in twelve episodes before he landed his role on Checkmate . After Checkmate ended, he appeared as the lead character in "The Johnny Masters Story" episode of Wagon Train .

Soap opera star

George's longest-running success came from his decades-long career in daytime television soap-operas. In 1967, George replaced Mitchell Ryan as the brooding Burke Devlin on Dark Shadows . Some months later, the character was "killed" in a plane crash, and George created the role of Jeremiah Collins in a flashback to the year 1795. The story ran for most of 1967, until Jeremiah was killed off. George obtained further roles on CBS's Search for Tomorrow (as Dr. Tony Vincente, 1970–75) and One Life to Live (as Dr. Will Vernon #3).

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, One Life to Live was written and produced by many Dark Shadows alumni, which led to a scene where former Dark Shadows stars George, Nancy Barrett, and Grayson Hall, as their Llanview counterparts, wondered where they had previously met. After being written out of One Life to Live in 1984, George continued to make sporadic film and television appearances. In 1988, he played the role of Alex Karides in "Baja, Humbug" in the CBS crime drama, Simon and Simon .[ citation needed ]

Death and legacy

Anthony George died of emphysema in 2005, aged 84, in a hospital in Newport Beach, California.[ citation needed ]

In 1991, George was awarded a Bronze Star on the Sidewalk of Stars in Binghamton, New York, close to Endicott, where he was born and raised.[ citation needed ]

Filmography

YearTitleRoleNotes
1950 Black Hand FootpadUncredited
1950 Under My Skin RicoUncredited
1950 Love That Brute Pretty Willie's BodyguardUncredited
1950 Where the Sidewalk Ends Scalise HoodlumUncredited
1951 The Fat Man Anthony the WolfUncredited
1951 Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison Convict Holding Warden HostageUncredited
1951 You Never Can Tell Detective Lt. Louie Luisetti
1954 The Adventures of Hajji Baba Palace GuardUncredited
1954 The Silver Chalice SicariiUncredited
1956 Three Bad Sisters Tony Cadiz
1956 The Ten Commandments SlaveUncredited
1957 Chicago Confidential Duncan
1957 Gunfire at Indian Gap Juan Morales

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