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Also Known As: Died: July 2, 1973
Born: August 29, 1899 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Providence, Rhode Island, USA Profession: Cast ... actor art gallery owner
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Prolific, versatile versatile character player, in films from the early 1940s.

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Source: Wikipedia The Internet Encyclopedia

George Macready (August 29, 1899 – July 2, 1973) was a movie actor with a distinctive scar (from an auto accident) that helped him land roles as an aristocratic villain. Macready was born in Providence, Rhode Island and graduated from Brown University. He was an art collector, and claimed to be a descendant of the 19th-century Shakespearean actor William Macready. He established a profitable Los Angeles art gallery with his friend and fellow actor Vincent Price during the 1940s. He was a distinguished Broadway and Shakespearean actor before appearing in films. His movies include A Kiss Before Dying (1956), Vera Cruz (1954), The Big Clock (1948), and perhaps most famously, Gilda (1946), in which he played the sexually ambivalent casino owner Ballin Mundson. He also made a one-scene appearance as Flavius in the opening scene of MGM's Julius Caesar, the critically acclaimed 1953 film version of Shakespeare's play. However, some film aficionados consider his best role to be the fanatical French general from World War I in Stanley Kubrick's classic, Paths of Glory, who ordered his artillery to fire on his own troops when they failed to take an impossible objective. Later in his career, Macready appeared in many television programs. He portrayed the character of Martin Peyton in the television series Peyton Place (1965-1968). Probably one of the most sympathetic characters he ever played was FDR's first Secretary of State, Cordell Hull, in the 1970 Pearl Harbor film Tora! Tora! Tora!. Macready died from emphysema in 1973.

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