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Birth Name: Bert Lahr
Born: 08/13/1895
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA
Death Place: New York City, New York, USA
Died: 12/04/1967

Lahr made his film debut in 1931's "Flying High" playing an oddball inventor. Like several other stage stars (e.g., Ethel Merman), his personality was too larger-than-life to be captured on screen. In his early films, Lahr comes off as too broad and overbearing. Despite an on-again, off-again film career over the next thirty-odd years, he had only one role that perfectly suited his unique abilities. Some critics have made a case that Lahr's portrayal of the Cowardly Lion in "The Wizard of Oz" is not only his best screen work, but also one of the greatest screen performances ever. Debate over that will undoubtedly rage into the next century, but there is not doubting that children of all ages... Continue Bio >>

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1954 Best of Broadway (10/13/54)
1954 Man Who Came to Dinner
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