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George Tobias Poster

Biography

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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 14 July 1901New York City, New York, USA
Date of Death 27 February 1980Los Angeles, California, USA  (bladder cancer)
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (2)

American character actor who specialized in none-too-bright pals of the lead, though his range included villains and ethnic types. A native of New York City, he began acting at 15. He studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse and played on Broadway with the Theatre Guild, and with the Provincetown Players. He came to Hollywood in the late Thirties and quickly became a fixture in films of all genres, primarily at Warner Bros. He was a frequent foil for James Cagney and played everything from comedies to dramas and musicals. In the 1960s, he achieved greater fame as the long-suffering neighbor Abner Kravitz on the hit TV show Bewitched (1964). He retired in 1972. He died of cancer a decade later.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

Perhaps best remembered for his TV role in the hit series Bewitched (1964) as the Abner Kravitz who had to put up with his wife's ranting about what was going on at the neighbors. George Tobias was also a well loved character actor who was mostly cast as the amiable and lovable friend of the lead character. Born in New York City, he honed his acting skills one the stage and made his way to Broadway. Catching the eye of a Warner Brothers scout, he went west in the late 1930s and quickly established himself, often teamed up with James Cagney. He playing everything from the lovable dim-wit to the villain in everything from dramas, comedies and musicals. He retired from acting in 1977, after reprising his Bewitched (1964) role in the short-lived sequel Tabitha (1976), and passed away three years later after a battle with cancer.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Keith Burnage

Trivia (4)

The hearse containing his body was stolen on the way to the mortuary. Involved in a fender bender, the vehicle was stolen by carjackers while information was being exchanged by the occupants of the vehicles. The car and the body were found shortly after.
He was a lifelong bachelor but for 40 years had an off-and-on relationship with actress Milicent Patrick until his death in 1980.
He was Abner Kravitz on Bewitched (1964) where Darrin Stephens was played by Dick York and Dick Sargent. He also starred opposite Gary Cooper in Sergeant York (1941).
He appeared in both Ninotchka (1939) and Silk Stockings (1957), its musical remake.

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