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O'Hanlon as Calvin Dudley in The Life of Riley
George Samuel O'Hanlon
November 23, 1912
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Died||February 11, 1989 76) (aged|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, comedian, writer, director|
| Joe McDoakes |
(m. 1932;div. 1948)
(m. 1949;div. 1952)
Nancy Owens(m. 1953)
George Samuel O'Hanlon (November 23, 1912 – February 11, 1989) was an American actor, comedian, writer and director.He was best known for his role as Joe McDoakes in the Warner Bros.' live-action Joe McDoakes short subjects from 1942 to 1956 and as the voice of George Jetson in Hanna-Barbera's 1962 prime-time animated television series The Jetsons and its 1985 revival.
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Joe McDoakes is the protagonist of a series of 63 black and white live action comedy one-reel short subjects released between 1942 and 1956. The Joe McDoakes shorts are also known as the Behind the Eight Ball series or the So You Want... series. The character's name comes from "Joe Doakes," which was then a popular American slang term for the average man.
George J. Jetson is a fictional character from the animated television series The Jetsons. He is the father of the Jetson family. He is the husband of Jane Jetson and the father of teenage daughter Judy and son Elroy.
George O'Hanlon was born in Brooklyn, New York, on November 23, 1912.
From the early 1940s, O'Hanlon was a character comedian in feature films, usually playing the hero's streetwise, cynical friend. He appeared in features for various studios while continuing the Joe McDoakes role for Warner Bros. After the McDoakes series lapsed in 1956, O'Hanlon returned to character work, mostly in television (two rare post-McDoakes movie appearances are in Bop Girl Goes Calypso and Kronos , both from 1957).
Bop Girl Goes Calypso is a 1957 American United Artists film directed by Howard W. Koch and starring Judy Tyler. It featured Calypso music, and music by the Bobby Troup Trio and bassist Jim Aton.
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In the 1953-54 season, O'Hanlon appeared several times on NBC's The Dennis Day Show . In 1957, he played Charlie Appleby on an I Love Lucy episode, "Lucy and Superman". In 1958, O'Hanlon played a New York publicist for a fashion model, Loco Jones (Barbara Eden) in the syndicated romantic comedy How to Marry a Millionaire .
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In 1962-63, he voiced one of his most prominent characters, George Jetson in the original The Jetsons , a role he would reprise over 20 years later in three movies.
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In the autumn of 1964, he appeared as a cab driver in the 13-episode CBS drama The Reporter starring Harry Guardino. In 1966, O'Hanlon appeared opposite Jackie Gleason as Ralph Kramden's loudmouthed "bum brother-in-law", on Gleason's first TV show of the 1966-67 season. He also made various appearances on ABC's Love, American Style , a series for which he wrote the screenplays and also directed several episodes.
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John Herbert Gleason, known as Jackie Gleason, was an American comedian, actor, writer, composer and conductor. Developing a style and characters from growing up in Brooklyn, New York, he was known for his brash visual and verbal comedy, exemplified by his bus driver Ralph Kramden character in the television series The Honeymooners. By filming the episodes with Electronicams, Gleason was later able to release the series in syndication, which increased its popularity over the years with new audiences. He also developed The Jackie Gleason Show, which maintained high ratings from the mid-1950s through 1970. After originating in New York City, filming moved to Miami Beach, Florida, in 1964 after Gleason took up permanent residence there.
In 1971, O'Hanlon appeared as a bear trainer on The Partridge Family , season 2, episode 6, "Whatever Happened to Moby Dick?", a drunk in The Odd Couple , season 2, episode 6, "Murray the Fink" and a drunk in Adam-12 , season 4 episode 1, "Extortion".
Apart from acting, the comedian wrote screenplays and also wrote the storyboard for nearly all of the Joe McDoakes shorts. He wrote stories for television series in the 1960s such as Petticoat Junction , 77 Sunset Strip , and wrote episodes for Hanna-Barbera's The Flintstones . He also auditioned for the role of Fred Flintstone, but lost to Alan Reed; however, he was remembered when it was time to cast The Jetsons. He once said: "George Jetson is an average man, he has trouble with his boss, he has problems with his kids, and so on. The only difference is that he lives in the next century."
O'Hanlon was married three times; he was first married to Inez Witt from 1932 to 1948. After divorcing from Witt, he later married actress Martha Stewart in 1949, they divorced in 1952 after three years of marriage.In 1953, O'Hanlon married Nancy Owens, a fellow actress, and they had two children (actor George O'Hanlon, Jr., and daughter Laurie O'Hanlon, a registered nurse). They remained married until his death.
In the mid-1980s, Hanna-Barbera revived The Jetsons and brought back its original voice cast of O'Hanlon, Daws Butler, Mel Blanc, Don Messick, Penny Singleton, Jean Vander Pyl, and Janet Waldo. O'Hanlon had suffered a stroke and was blind and suffering from limited mobility. He recorded his dialogue in a separate session from the other cast members by having all lines read to him by the recording director Gordon Hunt and then recited one at a time.
O'Hanlon died of a second stroke on February 11, 1989, while recording dialogue for Jetsons: The Movie .According to Andrea Romano, who was Hanna-Barbera's casting director at the time, O'Hanlon found it difficult to read and hear, and in the end, he died in the recording studio doing what he loved. The film was dedicated to him, along with Jetsons co-star Mel Blanc who died nearly five months later. Both were replaced by Jeff Bergman to finish the movie.
He is interred in Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Cemetery in Westlake Village, California.
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