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George O'Hanlon

O'Hanlon as Joe McDoakes, in his native habitat
Born November 23, 1912(1912-11-23)
Brooklyn, New York,
United States
Died February 11, 1989 (aged 76)
Los Angeles, California,
United States
Years active 1932-1989

George O'Hanlon (November 23, 1912 - February 11, 1989) was an American screen actor, comedian, and voice actor. He was a native of Brooklyn, New York City.

Movie fans know him best as the star of Warner Bros' live-action Joe McDoakes short subjects from 1942 to 1956. Television viewers recognize him as the voice of George Jetson in Hanna-Barbera's 1962 prime-time animated television series The Jetsons and its 1980s revival.

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 in the Joe McDoakes role for Warners. 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).

In 1958, O'Hanlon played a New York publicist for a fashion model, Loco Jones, portrayed by Barbara Eden in her first sitcom, the syndicated romantic comedy, How to Marry a Millionaire. In the autumn of 1964, he appeared as a cab driver in the thirteen-episode CBS drama The Reporter starring Harry Guardino in the title role of Danny Taylor of the fictitious New York Globe newspaper. Gary Merrill co-starred as city editor Lou Sheldon.

In 1962, He appeared famously as the voice of George Jetson.

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.

O'Hanlon married Nancy, a fellow actor, and they had two children. (actor George O'Hanlon Jr and daughter Laurie O'Hanlon, a registered nurse).

In 1971, O'Hanlon appeared as a bear trainer on TV's The Partridge Family, Season 2, episode 206, "Whatever Happened to Moby Dick?"

O'Hanlon died of a stroke on February 11, 1989. A few moments before his death, he completed his role as George Jetson in Jetsons: The Movie. The film was finished in time to dedicate the film to O'Hanlon, along with co-star Mel Blanc, who died later the same year. His interment was located in Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Cemetery in Westlake Village, California.

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