Bert Lahr

Actor + Vaudevillian
Born Aug 13, 1895

Bert Lahr was an American actor and comedian. Lahr is remembered today for his roles as the Cowardly Lion and Kansas farmworker Zeke in the film The Wizard of Oz (1939), but was also well known for work in burlesque, vaudeville, and on Broadway.

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1895 Birth Born on August 13, 1895.


1927 31 Years Old In 1927 he debuted on Broadway in Delmar's Revels. … Read More
1931 35 Years Old Lahr made his feature film debut in 1931's Flying High, playing the oddball aviator he had played on stage. … Read More


1938 42 Years Old Lahr was signed to play the role on July 25, 1938. … Read More


1956 60 Years Old …  He co-starred in the premiere of Waiting for Godot in 1956 at the Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami, Florida, playing Estragon to Tom Ewell's Vladimir. … Read More
1959 63 Years Old …  In 1959, he played Mr. O'Malley in an adaptation of Barnaby for General Electric Theater.
1963 67 Years Old In 1963, he appeared as Go-Go Garrity in the episode "Is Mr. Martian Coming Back" on NBC's medical drama The Eleventh Hour. … Read More
1964 68 Years Old In 1964 he won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his role in the musical Foxy. … Read More
1967 71 Years Old 1 More Event
In Notes on a Cowardly Lion: The Biography of Bert Lahr, John Lahr wrote: "Bert Lahr died in the early morning of December 4, 1967. … Read More
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