George Mathews

George Mathews

ACTOR

Burly, craggy-faced tough guy actor George Mathews was brought up in Manhattan and educated in Brooklyn. He had an extensive career on stage, which began in the early 1930s, after he failed to get a job with the US Post Office. Instead, he joined the WPA (Works Progress Administration) Theatre Program, a government agency that provided jobs for the unemployed on public works projects during the Depression. He first appeared on Broadway in the key role of Dynamite Jim in "Processional" (1937). With his broad face, strong eyebrows, gravelly voice and jutting lower lip, Mathews was invariably cast as heavies or hard-as-nails military types. He appeared to great effect on stage in 1942-43 as Sgt. Ruby in "The Eve of St. Mark" on Broadway, and repeated his role in the film version (The Eve of St. Mark (1944)), a perfect showcase for his screen personae. Not just a one-note "plug ugly", he was equally as effective at portraying comic toughs, which he did in Pat and Mike (1952), becoming the recipient of some judo action meted out by Katharine Hepburn; and the Garson Kanin-directed musical comedy 'Do Re Mi' (1960-62), as Fatso O'Rear, starring Phil Silvers.
  • When was
    George Mathews born?

    George Mathews was born on Tuesday, October 10, 1911

  • Where was
    George Mathews born?

    George Mathews was born in New York City, New York, USA

  • How old was
    George Mathews when they died?

    George Mathews was 74

  • When did George Mathews die?

    George Mathews died on
    Wednesday, November 7, 1984

  • How tall is George Mathews?

    George Mathews is 6'1"(1.87m)


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