George Cisar (actor)

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George Cisar
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George Cisar (middle) with Colleen Miller and James Best in the 1957 film Hot Summer Night
Born(1912-07-28)July 28, 1912
Cicero, Illinois, U.S.
DiedJune 13, 1979(1979-06-13) (aged 66)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1948–1970

George Cisar (July 28, 1912 — June 13, 1979) was an American actor who performed in more than one hundred roles in two decades as a character actor in film and television, often in prominent Hollywood productions. He frequently played background parts such as policemen or bartenders.

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Career

In 1949, Cisar co-starred with a young Mike Wallace in the short-lived police drama Stand By for Crime . Among Cisar's more frequent roles was from 1960 to 1963 as Sgt. Theodore Mooney in thirty-one episodes of CBS's Dennis the Menace . Oddly, series co-star Gale Gordon took the name "Theodore Mooney" and added the middle initial "J." for his character, Theodore J. Mooney, a tough-minded banker on Lucille Ball's second sitcom, The Lucy Show . [1]

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Cisar portrayed character Donald Hollinger's father in That Girl , the Marlo Thomas sitcom which aired on ABC, and Cyrus Tankersley on CBS's The Andy Griffith Show and its sequel Mayberry, R.F.D.

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Nine years later, Cisar died in Los Angeles, at the age of 66. [2]

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