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Also Known As: Died: December 4, 1967
Born: August 13, 1895 Cause of Death: massive internal hemorrhage and complications from cancer
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: Cast ...
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1910:
Spent three years touring with Seven Frolics, a children's vaudeville act; adopted stage surname of Lahr
1913:
At age 18, joined the Columbia burlesque circuit; perfected act playing burlesque "Dutch" characters
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Served in the US Navy during WWII
1919:
With Mercedes Delpino, formed act Lahr & Mercedes
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Was first comedian and stage manager for "Roseland Girls"
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Had biggest success in burlesque in "Keep Smiling"
1925:
First played NYC's Palace Theater
1927:
Broadway debut in "Harry Delmar's Revels"; show closed in 16 weeks
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Had year-long run as the prize fighter hero of the musical "Hold Everything"
1930:
Appeared in the stage show "Flying High"
1931:
Feature film debut in "Flying High"
1932:
Starred in "Hot-Cha!", produced by Florenz Ziegfeld
1936:
Played opposite Beatrice Lillie in "The Show Is On", staged and conceived by Vincente Minnelli
1939:
Portrayed the Cowardly Lion/Zeke in "The Wizard of Oz"
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Starred opposite Ethel Merman in the Cole Porter musical "DuBarry Was a Lady"
1944:
Reunited onstage with Beatrice Lille to star in Billy Rose's "Seven Lively Arts", featuring songs by Cole Porter
1946:
Made rare dramatic appearance onstage in "Burlesque"
1948:
Toured in "Make Mine Manhattan" in the role originated by Sid Caesar; appeared in film version
1949:
Reprised stage role in the TV adaptation of "Burlesque" (NBC)
1951:
Starred in the revue "Two on the Aisle"
1956:
Returned to the stage opposite Tom Ewell in Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot" at the Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami, Florida
1956:
Played opposite E G Marshall in the Broadway production of "Waiting for Godot"
1956:
Had leading roles in two TV productions, "Androcles and the Lion" and "School for Wives"
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Starred in the Broadway production "Hotel Paradiso", featuring Angela Lansbury
1959:
Appeared alongside Nancy Walker, Dick Van Dyke and Shelley Berman in the revue "The Girls Against the Boys"
1959:
Starred in the unsold pilot "Mr. O'Malley" (CBS)
1960:
Made first appearance in Shakespeare, cast as Bottom in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and Autolycus in "The Winter's Tale"
1962:
Appeared in "The Beauty Part" by S J Perelman
1964:
Won Tony Award for turn as Volpone in the musical "Foxy"
1964:
Played the father in the TV production of "The Fantasticks" (NBC)
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Appeared in a series of TV commercials for Lay's Potato Chips
1967:
Collapsed during filming of last movie, "The Night They Raided Minsky's"

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