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George Grizzard
Born George Cooper Grizzard, Jr.
April 1, 1928(1928-04-01)
Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, U.S.
Died October 2, 2007 (aged 79)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1955–2006
Domestic partner(s) William Tynan

George Cooper Grizzard, Jr. (April 1, 1928 – October 2, 2007) was an American actor of film and stage.

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Career

Born in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, Grizzard appeared in more than 40 films, dozens of television programs and a number of Broadway plays.

Grizzard memorably appeared as an unscrupulous United States senator in the film Advise and Consent in 1962. His other theatrical films included the drama From the Terrace with Paul Newman (1960), the Western story Comes a Horseman with Jane Fonda (1978) and a Neil Simon comedy, Seems Like Old Times.

In more recent years, he guest-starred several times on the NBC television drama Law & Order as defense attorney Arthur Gold. He also portrayed President John Adams in the Emmy Award-winning WNET-produced PBS mini-series The Adams Chronicles.

Grizzard made his Broadway debut in The Desperate Hours in 1955. He was a frequent interpreter of the plays of Edward Albee, having appeared in the original 1962 production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? as Nick, as well as the 1996 revival of A Delicate Balance and the 2005 revival of Seascape. He also starred in You Know I Can't Hear You When the Water's Running.

In 1980 he won an Emmy for his work in The Oldest Living Graduate. He starred as reporter Richard Larsen in The Deliberate Stranger, a television movie about serial killer Ted Bundy. He won the 1996 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for A Delicate Balance. Additional Broadway credits include The Creation of the World and Other Business, The Glass Menagerie, The Country Girl, The Royal Family, and California Suite.

In 2001, Grizzard played Judge Dan Haywood in a stage production of Judgement at Nuremberg opposite Maximilian Schell under the production of actor Tony Randall. Grizzard appeared as Big Daddy in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof at the Kennedy Center in 2004.

Grizzard's last film appearance was in Clint Eastwood's Flags of Our Fathers.

Death

Grizzard died in Manhattan of complications from lung cancer. He is survived by his partner, William Tynan, who was also a stage and TV actor, until he became a Time Arts Reporter.[1]

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