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Also Known As: George Robert Lazenby Died:
Born: September 5, 1939 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Australia Profession: actor, model

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Forever enshrined in the footnotes of pop culture history as the second actor to play James Bond on screen - and the one with the shortest tenure in the role - George Lazenby was a former model plucked from relative obscurity to replace Sean Connery as 007 in "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (1969). Lazenby refused to play Bond again thanks to bad career advice, leaving him to languish in relative obscurity for much of the 1970s before resurfacing as a supporting player in several television series and made-for-TV movies. He also made frequent tongue-in-cheek appearances as Bond or a Bond-like secret agent in TV movies and commercials.

Forever enshrined in the footnotes of pop culture history as the second actor to play James Bond on screen - and the one with the shortest tenure in the role - George Lazenby was a former model plucked from relative obscurity to replace Sean Connery as 007 in "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (1969). Lazenby refused to play Bond again thanks to bad career advice, leaving him to languish in relative obscurity for much of the 1970s before resurfacing as a supporting player in several television series and made-for-TV movies. He also made frequent tongue-in-cheek appearances as Bond or a Bond-like secret agent in TV movies and commercials.

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Four Dogs Playing Poker (2000) Carlo
3.
 Star of Jaipur (1999)
4.
 Gut Feeling (1998)
5.
 Twin Sitters (1995)
6.
 Gettysburg (1993) Brigadier General J Johnston Pettigrew (Confederate)
7.
8.
 Hell Hunters (1988) Heinrich
9.
 Never Too Young to Die (1986) Drew Stargrove
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1964:
Moved to London and began modeling
1966:
Made film debut as a British Spy in the Italian-made Bond spoof "Marc Mato, Agente S.077"
1968:
Became the highest-paid male model in the world
1969:
Cast as James Bond in the series¿ sixth film "On Her Majesty's Secret Service"; became the only actor to have played the 007 agent in only one official Bond series film; nominated for a Golden Globe for Most Promising Newcomer
1971:
Cast in the action-drama called "Universal Soldier"; also co-produced and co-wrote
1977:
Appeared in John Landis' "The Kentucky Fried Movie"
1978:
Cast in what was to be his comeback role, co-starring with Bruce Lee in "Game of Death"; the sudden death of Lee delayed the films release and Lazenby was edited out of the final film
1978:
Appeared in the American TV drama "Evening at Byzantium"
1979:
Played a senator in Peter Bogdanovich¿s black comedy "Saint Jack"
1982:
Had a recurring role on the daytime soap "General Hospital" (ABC)
1982:
Played the Aston Martin-driving 'JB' in "The Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E."
1984:
Was a series regular on the syndicated prime time soap opera "Rituals"
1988:
Returned to regular TV work on the syndicated "Superboy" as Jor-El
1992:
Portrayed Mario, opposite Sylvia Kristel¿s Emmanuelle in a series of softcore made-for-cable films
1993:
Appeared as General Pettigrew in the feature, "Gettysburg"
1995:
Played a role in the CD-ROM game, "Fox Hunt"
1999:
Appeared on several episodes of "The Pretender" (NBC)
1999:
Lent his voice to The King, head of the Royal Flush gang, on the animated "Batman Beyond" (WB)
2003:
Announced his official retirement from acting
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Notes

Lazenby was paid $50,000 to portray James Bond.

Lazenby races motorcycles.

"They did exploit me -- they took advantage of my lack of experience. To this day -- Pierce Brosnan included -- I am the only Bond who did all his own stunts." --George Lazenby to the Daily News, November 26, 1995.

"Bond is a disgusting violent man with no respect for women -- but, in my opinion, any guy who says he has never secretly dreamed of being like Bond is lying." --Lazenby in Daily News, November 26, 1995.

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wife:
Christina Ross Townson. Married c. 1970; divorced in 1994.
companion:
Pam Shriver. TV commentator, former tennis pro. Became engaged in 2001.

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father:
George Edward Lazenby. Butcher. Died in 1976.
mother:
Sheila Joan Lazenby. Shop assistant.
daughter:
Jennifer Lazenby. Dance instructor. Born c. 1960; Lazenby was not married to Jennifer's mother.
daughter:
Melanie Lazenby. Born c. 1973; mother, Chritina Townson.
son:
Zachary Lazenby. Born c. 1975; died after lengthy bout with brain cancer at age 19 in 1994.
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