Christopher George

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Christopher John George (February 25, 1931 - November 28, 1983) was an American television and film actor who was perhaps best known for his starring role in the 1966-1968 TV series The Rat Patrol. He was nominated for a Golden Globe in 1967 as Best TV Star for his performance in the series. He was also the recipient of a New York Film Festival award as the Best Actor in a Television Commercial. George was married to actress Lynda Day George. George was born in Royal Oak, Michigan on February 25, 1931, the son of Greek immigrants John and Vaseleke George. John George was born in Thebes, Greece and was a veteran of World War I, and Vaseleke was born in Athens. Christopher George could not speak English until he was six years old, because his family only spoke Greek at home. His father was a traveling salesman during his childhood. George accompanied his father on selling trips to cities such as Akron, New York City, Chicago, St. Louis, Memphis, and Detroit. From Michigan, the family moved to Mountain Lakes, New Jersey. Once George began learning to speak English, his father enrolled him in Greek school in addition to his regular school so that he would not forget the Greek language.
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