Bert Lahr

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  • Birth Name: Irving Lahrheim
  • Birth Place: New York, New York, United States
  • Died: December 4, 1967
  • Profession: Actor, Comedian
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  • Started performing with a children's vaudeville act at age 15.
  • Met first wife Mercedes Delpino when they performed together as a vaudeville dance act.
  • Best known for playing the Cowardly Lion in 1939's The Wizard of Oz.
  • Starred opposite E.G. Marshall in the first New York production of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot in 1956.
  • Appeared in a series of commercials for Lay's Potato Chips with the memorable tagline "Betcha can't eat just one."
  • Died while filming his final movie, The Night They Raided Minsky's; the producers had to hire a body double to finish the film.

Awards

  • 1963, Tony — Actor (Dramatic): Nominee
  • 1964, Tony — Actor (Musical): Winner

Relationships

  • Mildred Schroeder — Wife
  • Augusta Lahrheim — Mother
  • Mercedes Delpino — Ex-wife
  • John Lahr — Son
  • Jacob Lahrheim — Father
  • Jane Lahr — Daughter
  • Herbert Lahr — Son

Details

  • Birth Name: Irving Lahrheim
  • Birth Place: New York, New York, United States
  • Died: December 4, 1967
  • Profession: Actor, Comedian

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