George Hearn

Actor, Singer
Having convincingly played everything from a killer barber to a drag queen to a man who loses his family in the Holocaust, George Hearn has come to be considered as one of the stage's most honored and respected actors ... Read more »
Born: 06/17/1934 in St Louis, Missouri, USA

Filmography

Actor (39)

Flags of Our Fathers 2006 (Movie)

Walter Gust (Actor)

Putting It Together 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Durango 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Homicide: Life on the Street 1990 - 1993, 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

L.A. Law 1990 - 1993, 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1990 - 1993, 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sisters 1990 - 1993, 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Barney's Great Adventure 1998 (Movie)

Grandpa Greenfield (Actor)

The Devil's Own 1997 (Movie)

Peter Fitzsimmons (Actor)

All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 1996 (Movie)

of Red (Voice)

Daisy-Head Mayzie 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

Jerry Herman's Broadway at the Bowl 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Pagemaster 1994 (Movie)

Captain Ahab (Actor)

Tom and Jerry Kids Show 1990 - 1994 (TV Show)

Voice

A Deadly Secret: The Robert Bierer Story 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Cheers 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

Crossroads 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Dear John 1990 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

Major Dad 1992 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Vanishing 1993 (Movie)

Arthur Bernard (Actor)

Sneakers 1992 (Movie)

Gregor (Actor)

See You in the Morning 1989 (Movie)

Martin (Actor)

The 39th Annual Tony Awards 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Sweeney Todd 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Sanctuary of Fear 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Sea Marks 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The Adams Chronicles 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The Silence 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

A Piano For Mrs. Cimino (TV Show)

Actor

Annie: A Royal Adventure (TV Show)

Actor

False Arrest (TV Show)

Actor

Fire in the Dark (TV Show)

Actor

Follies in Concert (TV Show)

Actor

Jonny's Golden Quest (TV Show)

Voice

Biography

Having convincingly played everything from a killer barber to a drag queen to a man who loses his family in the Holocaust, George Hearn has come to be considered as one of the stage's most honored and respected actors. Perhaps best-known for his Tony-winning performances in "La Cage aux Folles" (1984) and "Sunset Boulevard" (1995), the actor has appeared in dozens of Broadway and regional productions, as well as countless TV shows and films such as "Sneakers" (1992) and "The Devil's Own" (1997), since he began his acting career in the early 1960s.

Born in St Louis, Missouri, Hearn studied philosophy at Southwestern University before he embarked on a career in the theater, training for the stage with legendary acting coach Irene Dailey. Most of Hearn's early performances were in traditional productions at the New York Shakespeare Festival and theaters at Lincoln Center. He first garnered a bit of notice as John Dickinson in the acclaimed 1969 award-winning musical "1776" and as Liv Ullmann's leading man in "I Remember Mama" (1979). Ironically, Hearn was to grab headlines later that year, when he replaced Len Cariou in the title role of Stephen Sondheim's dark musical "Sweeney Todd" on Broadway, opposite Dorothy Louden as a woman who bakes his character's murder victims into pies. Hearn and original star Angela Lansbury later headed the show's touring company, then reprised their roles for a Showtime production of the musical, which brought him an Emmy for his chilling portrayal of the demon barber of Fleet Street. Hearn and Lansbury remained friends and the actress invited him to guest star on several episodes of her CBS sleuth series "Murder, She Wrote" in the early 1990s.

Although Hearn followed up "Sweeney Todd" with Tony-nominated performances in "Watch on the Rhine" (1980) and "A Doll's Life" (1983), it wasn't until he played flamboyant drag queen Albin in "La Cage aux Folles" (1984) that he got to actually take home one of the coveted prizes. The actor earned his second Tony when he played the creepy butler Max von Mayerling in "Sunset Boulevard". opposite Glenn Close and was nominated for a fifth time for his performance in the 1999 Sondheim revue "Putting It Together", which co-starred Carol Burnett, John Barrowman, Bronson Pinchot and Ruthie Henshell. He also reunited with Close for the TV-movie "Sarah Plain and Tall: Winter's End" that year.

Relationships

George Clark Herman Hearn III

Son
born c. 1997 mother, Leslie Hearn

Susan Babel

Wife
divorced

Dixie Carter Actor

Wife
Married 1977 Divorced 1979

Dixie Carter

Wife
divorced

Mary Harrell

Wife
divorced

David Hearn

Son
mother, Mary Harrell

Leslie Hearn

Wife
mother of Hearn's two younger sons

Jessie Hearn

Son
born in 1999 mother, Leslie Hearn

Betsy Joslyn

Wife
met while performing in "Sweeney Todd" later acted together in "A Doll's Life" divorced

Leslie Simons

Wife
divorced

EDUCATION

Southwestern University

Georgetown , Texas 1956

trained for the stage with Irene Dailey

Milestones

2000

Replaced an ailing Bryn Terfel in concert staging of Sondheim's "Sweeney Todd", performed in honor of the composer's 70th birthday

1999

Reunited with Close in the TV-movie "Sarah, Plain and Tall: Winter's End" (CBS)

1999

Earned Tony nomination for performance in "Putting It Together", a Sondheim musical revue co-starring Carol Burnett and Bronson Pinchot

1997

Played Otto Frank, Anne's father, in Broadway re-staging of "The Diary of Anne Frank"; original play was partially re-written by Wendy Kesselman

1997

Played a judge sympathetic to the IRA in the drama "The Devil's Own" opposite Harrison Ford and Brad Pitt

1995

Won second Tony for supporting performance as Max von Mayerling in "Sunset Boulevard", opposite Glenn Close's Norma Desmond

1992

Co-starred with Robert Redford and Dan Aykroyd in the high-tech caper "Sneakers"

1989

Appeared as the patriarch in the stage musical adaptation of "Meet Me in St. Louis"

1986

Reprised role of Albin in London production of "La Cage aux Folles"

1985

Won Emmy for reprising his role as the demon barber of Fleet Street in Showtime production of "Sweeney Todd", again co-starring with Lansbury

1985

Starred as Ben Stone in a concert staging of teh Stephen Sondheim-James Goldman musical "Follies"; production taped and aired on PBS

1984

Won first Tony for his portrayal of drag queen Albin in the gender-bending musical farce "La Cage aux Folles"

1983

Garnered second Tony nomination for the ill-fated musical "A Doll's Life", a sequel to Ibsen's "A Doll's House"

1980

Nominated for Tony for his role in the Broadway revival of "Watch on the Rhine"

1979

Replaced Len Cariou in title role of Stephen Sondheim's "Sweeney Todd" on Broadway, opposite Dorothy Louden; later headed touring production opposite Angela Lansbury

1979

Co-starred with Liv Ullmann in the short-lived stage musical "I Remember Mama"

1976

Portrayed Henry Clay in the PBS miniseries "The Adams Chronicles"

1975

TV-movie debut in the NBC drama "The Silence"

1975

Film acting debut "The Money"; bit part with then-un known Danny DeVito

1973

Appeared on Broadway alongside John Lithgow in the drama "The Changing Room"

1968

Cast as John Dickinson in the award-winning stage musical "1776"; later toured in the role

1964

Toured in "Camelot" as Sir Dinadan

Played principal roles in New York Shakespeare Festival productions of "Antony and Cleopatra", "As You Like It" and "Hamlet" in the 1960s

Stage acting debut as Petruchio in "Kiss Me, Kate"

Bonus Trivia

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He bought a farm in upstate New York in 1999.

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