George M Cohan

Playwright, Actor, Songwriter
A brash, jaunty songwriter and performer whose lasting contribution to Americana includes the songs "Give My Regards to Broadway" and "Over There", George M. Cohan virtually brought the Broadway musical into the 20th ... Read more »
Born: 07/03/1878 in Providence, Rhode Island, USA

Filmography

Music (27)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules 2011 (Movie)

("Yankee Doodle Dandy") (Song)

Leatherheads 2008 (Movie)

("Over There") (Song)

Medal of Honor 2008 (Movie)

("Over There") (Song)

Young@Heart 2008 (Movie)

("Yankee Doodle Dandy") (Song)

Little Miss Sunshine 2006 (Movie)

("Give my Regards To Broadway") (Song)

Bring It On 2000 (Movie)

("Give My Regards to Broadway") (Song)

The Legend of Bagger Vance 2000 (Movie)

("Over There") (Song)

Primary Colors 1998 (Movie)

songs("Thru the Years 1776-1969 (contains 'Over There')" "Your're a Grand Old Flag") (Song)

I Know What You Did Last Summer 1997 (Movie)

("You're a Grand Old Flag") (Song)

Life With Mikey 1993 (Movie)

songs("Give My Regards to Broadway" "You're a Grand Old Flag") (Song)

A League of Their Own 1992 (Movie)

("Over There") (Song)

The I Love America Concert 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Song

National Memorial Day Concert 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Music

Born on the Fourth of July 1989 (Movie)

("You're a Grand Old Flag") (Song)

Breaking In 1989 (Movie)

("Yankee Doodle Boy") (Song)

Steel Magnolias 1989 (Movie)

("Yankee Doodle Dandy") (Song)

Off Beat 1986 (Movie)

songs("Yankee Doodle Boy" "Give My Regards to Broadway") (Song)

The All-Star Salute to Ford's Theatre 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Song

Give My Regards to Broad Street 1984 (Movie)

("Give My Regards to Broadway") (Song)

The Return of Captain Invincible 1983 (Movie)

("Give My Regards to Broadway") (Song)

American Pop 1981 (Movie)

songs("Give My Regards to Broadway" "Over There") (Song)

Reds 1981 (Movie)

songs("You're a Grand Old Flag" "Over There" "Yankee Doodle Boy") (Song)

Mikey and Nicky 1976 (Movie)

("Yankee Doodle Dandy") (Song)

George M! 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Song

Yankee Doodle Dandy 1942 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Out of Sync (TV Show)

Song

Uncle Frank (TV Show)

Song
Writer (10)

Elmer the Great (Movie)

(Play Author)

Elmer the Great (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Gambling (Movie)

(Play Author)

Little Johnny Jones (Movie)

(Play Author)

Seven Keys to Baldpate (Movie)

(Play Author)

So This Is London (Movie)

(Play Author)

The Cowboy Quarterback (Movie)

(Play Author)

The Meanest Man in the World (Movie)

(Play Author)

The Miracle Man (Movie)

(Play Author)

Times Square Playboy (Movie)

(Play Author)
Actor (3)

Gambling (Movie)

Al Draper (Actor)

Seven Keys to Baldpate (Movie)

George Washington Magee (Actor)

The Phantom President (Movie)

Theodore Blair/ Doc Peter (Actor)
Production Management (1)

Little Nellie Kelly (Movie)

(From Musical by)

Biography

A brash, jaunty songwriter and performer whose lasting contribution to Americana includes the songs "Give My Regards to Broadway" and "Over There", George M. Cohan virtually brought the Broadway musical into the 20th Century single-handedly. Before him, most musicals and comedies were either imported from Europe or based on European ideals. Cohan invented the wise-cracking, fast-talking show which eventually influenced the screwball comedy films of the 1930s and 40s.

Relationships

Georgette Cohan

Daughter

Jerry Cohan

Father
died on August 1, 1917 at age 69

Helen Cohan

Mother

Helen Cohan

Daughter

Josephine Cohan

Sister
born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1876 married actor Fred Niblo Sr died in July 1916

Ethel Levey

Wife
married in 1899 divorced in 1907 died on February 27, 1955 at age 72

Fred Niblo

Nephew
son of sister Josephine born in 1903 died in 1973

Agnes Nolan

Wife
married in 1907 her brother-in-law was Sam Harris, Cohan's partner

Milestones

1942

Posthumously portrayed by James Cagney in "Yankee Doodle Dandy"

1940

Last Broadway show, "The Return of the Vagabond"

1933

Starred in first non-Cohan play, Eugene O'Neill's "Ah, Wildnerness!"

1932

Talking film debut, "The Phantom President"

1919

Attempted to mediate Actor's Equity Strike

1917

Film acting debut, "Broadway Jones"

1906

Formed producing partnership with Sam Harris

1904

First Broadway hit, "Little Johnny Jones"; Cohan wrote and starred in the musical

1901

Broadway writing and acting debut, "The Governor's Son"

1894

Sold first song, "Why Did Nellie Leave Home"

1890

First big success, touring as "Peck's Bad Boy"

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