George Maharis was an American actor, singer and artist who portrayed Buz Murdock in the first three seasons of the TV series Route 66.
Maharis was born on September 1, 1928, in Astoria, Queens. His parents were immigrants from Greece. He went to Flushing High School and spent 18 months in the US Marine Corps.
He took acting classes at the Actors Studio and performed in off-Broadway plays. His performance in Jean Genet’s Deathwatch was praised for being “correctly volatile, harsh, soft, and cunning” by a New York Times critic in October 1958.
He participated in the first US production of The Zoo Story by Edward Albee in 1960. Instead, he found employment in television and film.
He performed the role of Bud Gardner in the soap opera Search for Tomorrow as well as on Studio One, Kraft Television Theater, Goodyear Television Playhouse, Stirling Silliphant’s Naked City, and Otto Preminger’s Exodus. He was compared to Humphrey Bogart and John Garfield in the “tough personality” category early in his career.
Earlier in his career, Maharis had albums and singles issued by Epic Records. In June 1962, his cover of the classic song “Teach Me Tonight” became his lone top-40 pop hit, peaking at number 25.
His following songs peaked outside of the top 40. Later, he worked as a nightclub performer and painted impressionist works as a side gig. Maharis continued to paint as of 2008, dividing his time between Beverly Hills, California, and New York.
What happened to George Maharis?
Maharis died at his Beverly Hills home on May 24, 2023, at the age of 94.
George Maharis age?
He was 94 years old when he died. He was born on September 1, 1928, and died on May 24, 2023.
George Maharis height
He stood 5ft 11 ¾ (182.2 cm) tall. In 1960, Maharis appeared as Buz Murdock in the TV series Route 66, which co-starred Martin Milner.
George Maharis family
He was born in Astoria, New York to Greek immigrants. He was born into a family of seven.