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George Sanders

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Academy Award-winning British film and tv professional known for his jobs simply because Addison DeWitt in every About Eve and Shere Khan in The Jungle Reserve. He graduated from Manchester Techie College and proved helpful at an marketing company. He released two crime books, Criminal offense on My Hands in 1944 and Stranger in the home in 1946. He was wedded four moments and is at a romantic relationship with Lorraine Chanel during his loss of life in 1972. He was wedded to Zsa Zsa Gabor from 1949-1954.

Quick Facts


Full Name George Sanders
Date Of Birth July 3, 1906
Place Of Birth Saint Petersburg, Russia
Height 1.9 m
Profession TV Actor
Education Brighton College, University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology
Nationality British
Spouse Magda Gabor, Benita Hume, Zsa Zsa Gábor, Susan Larson
Parents Henry Sanders, Margaret Sanders
Siblings Tom Conway, Margaret Sanders
Awards Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominations Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Movies All About Eve, Rebecca, The Jungle Book, Village of the Damned, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Foreign Correspondent, Journey to Italy, A Shot in the Dark, Samson and Delilah, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Strange Woman, Ivanhoe, The Saint Strikes Back, While the City Sleeps, Hangover Square, Mr. Moto's Last Warning, The Saint in Palm Springs, Man Hunt, The Lodger, The Private Affairs of Bel Ami, Forever Amber, Rage in Heaven, The Gay Falcon, The Saint in London, Lured, The Saint Takes Over, Quiet Please: Murder, The Kremlin Letter, Solomon and Sheba, Moonfleet, Call Me Madam, The Black Swan, In Search of the Castaways, The Saint's Double Trouble, Witness to Murder, The Falcon Takes Over, The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry, The Quiller Memorandum, This Land Is Mine, Psychomania, Death of a Scoundrel, A Scandal in Paris, The Falcon's Brother, Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake, Confessions of a Nazi Spy, Allegheny Uprising, A Date with the Falcon, Lloyd's of London, The Son of Monte Cristo, Four Men and a Prayer, Tales of Manhattan
TV Shows Batman, The George Sanders Mystery Theater
Star Sign Cancer

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#Fact
1Both he and his elder brother Tom Conway worked with Thomas Heathcote: Conway in Three Stops to Murder (1953) and The Last Man to Hang? (1956) and Sanders in Village of the Damned (1960).
2He played the brother of his real-life elder brother Tom Conway in both The Falcon's Brother (1942) and Death of a Scoundrel (1956).
3Is referenced in The Kinks' 1972 song "Celluloid Heroes", with the lines "If you covered him in garbage, George Sanders would still have style.".
4Had one younger sister: Margaret Sanders (born 1912).
5He was cremated after death and his ashes were scattered in the English Channel.
6Had appeared in two Best Picture Academy Award winners: Rebecca (1940) and All About Eve (1950).
7He appeared with Wendy Barrie in five films: The Saint Strikes Back (1939), The Saint Takes Over (1940), The Gay Falcon (1941), The Saint in Palm Springs (1941) and A Date with the Falcon (1942).
8He appeared with John Carradine in six films: Four Men and a Prayer (1938), International Settlement (1938), Mr. Moto's Last Warning (1939), Man Hunt (1941), Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake (1942) and The Private Affairs of Bel Ami (1947).
9He was awarded two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Motion Pictures at 1636 Vine Street; and for Television at 7007 Hollywood Boulevard.
10Famously stated that he loathed giving interviews because he did not get paid for them; never gave autographs and rather enjoyed being perceived as "a rude and disagreeable person".
11He committed suicide on April 25, 1972, less than three months from what would have been his 66th birthday on July 3.
12His first steady employment was in the tobacco industry, traveling through Brazil and Argentina. He was sacked from jobs twice: the first time after turning up at his boss' wedding in a drunken stupor, the second time after having fought a pistol duel over a paramour.
13His Hollywood career began at 20th Century-Fox (1936-38). From there he went to RKO Pictures (1939-41), back to 20th Century-Fox (1942-43 and 1947-50) and MGM (1954-55). He worked for most of the great directors, including Alfred Hitchcock, Fritz Lang and Douglas Sirk.
14During his college days, George enjoyed a reputation as a good swimmer and boxer, as well as beginning to cultivate his image as a bounder.
15Prior to Sanders' casting in The Jungle Book (1967), animator Milt Kahl drew several drawings of Shere Khan looking quite haughty. One of the individuals who looked at the drawings immediately remarked on how similar they were to Sanders.
16He and his ex-wife Zsa Zsa Gabor both played "Special Guest Villains" in Batman (1966).
17His ex-wives Zsa Zsa Gabor and Magda Gabor were sisters.
18His mother Margaret Sanders, his third wife Benita Hume, and his brother Tom Conway all passed away in 1967.
19Was one of two stars of the Pink Panther series to commit suicide. Capucine, who played Inspector Clouseau's wife in The Pink Panther (1963), killed herself in 1990.
20Credited as the author of the mystery novel "Stranger at Home". The novel was actually ghostwritten by Leigh Brackett. The novel's dedication reads "To Leigh Brackett, whom I have never met.".
21Possessed of a fine baritone singing voice, often raised at parties, Sanders released an album entitled "The George Sanders Touch: Songs for the Lovely Lady" (ABC-Paramount: 1958), today a much sought-after collector's item.
22Featured in a crime novel, "Crime On My Hands", in which he solved a murder on a film set. The novel was ghostwritten by Falcon screenwriter Craig Rice. The Author's Dedication reads "To Craig Rice, without whom it would not have been possible.".
23Withdrew from the lead in the Broadway-bound musical version of "The Man Who Came to Dinner" called "Sherry!" (with Dolores Gray) during its Boston tryout in March 1967 when his wife Benita Hume was diagnosed with bone cancer. He was replaced by Clive Revill. The show was a quick failure on Broadway, and Hume passed away that November.
24First got involved in acting when a secretary in the same advertising firm suggested it. That secretary was Greer Garson.
25After being convinced by a woman he had taken up with, Sanders sold his beloved house in Majorca, Spain. Soon afterward he checked into a hotel in Barcelona, and two days later his body was discovered next to five empty tubes of Nembutal.
26Sanders told David Niven in 1937 that he intended to commit suicide when he got older. In 1972 he fulfilled his promise, leaving this note: "Dear World, I am leaving because I am bored. I feel I have lived long enough. I am leaving you with your worries in this sweet cesspool. Good luck.".
27Brother of actor Tom Conway. The two appeared together in The Falcon's Brother (1942), in which they portrayed--appropriately enough--brothers, and which was Sanders' final appearance as "The Falcon", a role he had grown tired of. In this entry, Sanders hands off the role to Conway, who took it up for nine subsequent films through 1946.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Saint's Double Trouble1940Simon Templar aka The Saint / 'Boss' Duke Bates
Allegheny Uprising1939Capt. Swanson
Nurse Edith Cavell1939Capt. Heinrichs
The Saint in London1939Simon Templar The Saint
Confessions of a Nazi Spy1939Schlager
The Saint Strikes Back1939The Saint
So This Is London1939Dr. de Reseke
The Outsider1939Anton Ragatzy
Mr. Moto's Last Warning1939Eric Norvel
Four Men and a Prayer1938Wyatt Leigh
International Settlement1938Del Forbes
Lancer Spy1937Baron Kurt von Rohback / Lt. Michael Bruce
The Lady Escapes1937Rene Blanchard
Slave Ship1937Lefty
Love Is News1937Count Andre de Guyon
Lloyd's of London1936Lord Everett Stacy
Dishonour Bright1936Lisle
The Man Who Could Work Miracles1936Indifference
Find the Lady1936Curly Randall
Strange Cargo1936Roddy Burch
Things to Come1936Pilot (uncredited)
Love, Life & Laughter1934Singer in Public Bar (uncredited)
The Death Wheelers1973Shadwell
Endless Night1972Andrew Lippincott
Doomwatch1972The Admiral - Sir Geoffrey
Mission: Impossible1971TV SeriesArmand Anderssarian
Appuntamento col disonore1970General Downes
ITV Saturday Night Theatre1970TV SeriesJames Fortune
The Kremlin Letter1970Warlock
The Best House in London1969Sir Francis Leybourne
Rio 701969Masius
The Body Stealers1969General Armstrong
The Candy Man1969Sidney Carter
King of Africa1968Captain Walter Phillips
Laura1968/ITV MovieWaldo Lydecker
The Jungle Book1967Shere Khan the Tiger (voice)
Good Times1967Mordicus / Knife McBlade / White hunter / ...
Warning Shot1967Calvin York
The Quiller Memorandum1966Gibbs
Batman1966TV SeriesMister Freeze
Daniel Boone1966TV SeriesCol. Roger Barr
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.1965TV SeriesG. Emory Partridge
The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders1965The Banker
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea1965TV SeriesFenton
The Rogues1965TV SeriesLeonard Carvel
Einer spielt falsch1965Professor Schlieben
The Golden Head1964Basil Palmer
Last Plane to Baalbek1964Prince Makowski
A Shot in the Dark1964Benjamin Ballon
Dark Purpose1964Raymond Fontaine
The Cracksman1963Guv'nor
Cairo1963The Major
In Search of the Castaways1962Thomas Ayerton
Operation Snatch1962Maj. Hobson
Checkmate1962TV SeriesRichard Gilmore
Le rendez-vous1961J.K. / Kellermann
General Electric Theater1956-1961TV SeriesMajor Watkins / William Clark / Dr. Grissom
Call Me Genius1961Sir Charles Brewer
Five Golden Hours1961Mr. Bing
Village of the Damned1960Gordon Zellaby
Trouble in the Sky1960Sir Arnold Hobbes
Bluebeard's 10 Honeymoons1960Henri Landru
The Last Voyage1960Captain Robert Adams
Alcoa Theatre1960TV Series
A Touch of Larceny1960Sir Charles Holland
Solomon and Sheba1959Adonijah
That Kind of Woman1959A.L.
From the Earth to the Moon1958Stuyvesant Nicholl
Decision1958TV Series
The Whole Truth1958Carliss
Rock-a-Bye Baby1958Danny Poole (scenes deleted)
Schlitz Playhouse1958TV SeriesJohn York
The Seventh Sin1957Tim Waddington
The George Sanders Mystery Theater1957TV Series
Death of a Scoundrel1956Clementi Sabourin
Man Against Crime1956TV Series
Screen Directors Playhouse1956TV SeriesCharles Ferris / Baron
That Certain Feeling1956Larry Larkin
While the City Sleeps1956Mark Loving
The Ford Television Theatre1956TV SeriesJay Rossiter
Never Say Goodbye1956Victor
The 20th Century-Fox Hour1955TV SeriesWaldo Lydecker
The King's Thief1955Charles II
The Scarlet Coat1955Dr. Jonathan Odell
Moonfleet1955Lord Ashwood
Jupiter's Darling1955Fabius Maximus
Journey to Italy1954Alexander 'Alex' Joyce (as Georges Sanders)
King Richard and the Crusaders1954King Richard I
Witness to Murder1954Albert Richter
Call Me Madam1953General Cosmo Constantine
Assignment: Paris1952Nicholas Strang
Ivanhoe1952De Bois-Guilbert
The Light Touch1951Felix Guignol
I Can Get It for You Wholesale1951J.F. Noble
Captain Blackjack1950Mike Alexander
All About Eve1950Addison DeWitt
Samson and Delilah1949The Saran of Gaza
The Fan1949Lord Robert Darlington
Forever Amber1947King Charles II
Lured1947Robert Fleming
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir1947Miles Fairley
The Private Affairs of Bel Ami1947Georges Duroy
The Strange Woman1946John Evered
A Scandal in Paris1946Eugéne François Vidocq
The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry1945Harry Melville Quincey
The Picture of Dorian Gray1945Lord Henry Wotton
Hangover Square1945Dr. Allan Middleton
Summer Storm1944Fedor Mikhailovich Petroff
Action in Arabia1944Michael Gordon
The Lodger1944Inspector John Warwick
Paris After Dark1943Dr. Andre Marbel
Appointment in Berlin1943Wing Cmdr. Keith Wilson
They Came to Blow Up America1943Carl Steelman / Ernst Reiter
This Land Is Mine1943George Lambert
Quiet Please: Murder1942Jim Fleg
The Black Swan1942Capt. Billy Leech
The Moon and Sixpence1942Charles Strickland
The Falcon's Brother1942Gay Lawrence
Tales of Manhattan1942Williams
Her Cardboard Lover1942Tony Barling
The Falcon Takes Over1942Gay Lawrence
Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake1942Sir Arthur Blake
A Date with the Falcon1942Gay Lawrence The Falcon
The Gay Falcon1941Gay Laurence The Falcon
Sundown1941Coombes
Man Hunt1941Major Quive-Smith
Rage in Heaven1941Ward Andrews
The Saint in Palm Springs1941Simon Templar The Saint
The Son of Monte Cristo1940Gen. Gurko Lanen
Bitter Sweet1940Baron von Tranisch
Foreign Correspondent1940ffolliott
The Saint Takes Over1940Simon Templar The Saint
Rebecca1940Jack Favell
The House of the Seven Gables1940Jaffrey Pyncheon
Green Hell1940Forrester

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Jungle Book1967performer: "That's What Friends Are For The Vulture Song" 1967 - uncredited
Call Me Madam1953performer: "Marrying for Love", "The Best Thing For You Would be Me", "Finale: You're Just In Love/Something to Dance About"
The Picture of Dorian Gray1945performer: "La Ci Darem La Mano" excerpt - uncredited
The Falcon Takes Over1942performer: "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow" - uncredited

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Unholy Four1954novel

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Hollywood Squares1970TV SeriesGuest Appearance
The David Frost Show1970TV SeriesHimself
The Hollywood Palace1967TV SeriesHimself - Sketch Actor
Witchdoctor in Tails1966DocumentaryNarrator
Today1966TV SeriesHimself
Il mondo di notte numero 31964DocumentaryNarrator
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall1957-1961TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself / Guest
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1960TV SeriesHimself
World by Night1960DocumentaryNarrator (English version, voice)
Frances Langford Presents1959TV SeriesHimself
Women in Love1958TV MovieHimself - Host
What's My Line?1957-1958TV SeriesHimself - Guest Panelist / Himself - Mystery Guest
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show1958TV SeriesHimself
The Patrice Munsel Show1958TV SeriesHimself
Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium1957TV SeriesHimself
The George Sanders Mystery Theater1957TV SeriesHimself - Host / Narrator
The Ed Sullivan Show1957TV SeriesHimself
Ford Star Jubilee1956TV SeriesHimself
The Bob Hope Show1956TV SeriesHimself / Herself
The Jimmy Durante Show1956TV SeriesHimself - Actor
The 25th Annual Academy Awards1953TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member (New York)
Kort möte med familjen Rossellini1953ShortHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Stars of the Silver Screen2011TV SeriesAddison DeWitt
Diálogos de cine2008TV MovieAddison DeWitt
The Bare Necessities: The Making of 'The Jungle Book'2007Video documentary shortHimself - Voice of Shere Khan
Edgar G. Ulmer - The Man Off-screen2004Documentary
Living Famously2003TV Series documentaryBenjamin Ballon
Roberto Rossellini: Frammenti e battute2000DocumentaryAlexander Joyce
Ex-S2000TV Series documentaryHimself
Film Breaks1999TV Series documentaryEric Norvel
20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years1997TV Movie documentaryActor 'All About Eve' (uncredited)
Arena1995TV Series documentaryHimself
Disney Sing-Along-Songs: You Can Fly1988Video shortShere Khan
Marilyn Monroe: Beyond the Legend1987DocumentaryAddison DeWitt
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1977-1978TV SeriesThomas Ayerton Shere Khan
Bob Hope's World of Comedy1976TV MovieHimself
The Dick Cavett Show1971TV SeriesBenjamin Ballon from film A SHOT IN THE DARK

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 1636 Vine Street
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionOn 8 February 1960. At 7007 Hollywood Blvd.
1951OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Supporting RoleAll About Eve (1950)
1942Sour AppleGolden Apple AwardsLeast Cooperative Actor

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1951Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Supporting ActorAll About Eve (1950)


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#Quote
1[to Rex Reed's observation, "I understand you were a great fan of Tyrone Power"] Who told you that? He died on the set of Solomon and Sheba (1959). But he was just someone I knew. One knew lots of people. Every film is like an ocean voyage, a transatlantic crossing. You swear you will meet each other again. But you never do.
2[on being asked how he felt about his divorce from Zsa Zsa Gabor] Like a squeezed lemon.
3Where on the screen I am invariably a son-of-a-bitch, in life I am a dear, dear boy.
4The important thing for a star is to have an interesting face. He doesn't have to move it very much. Editing and camerawork can always produce the desired illusion that a performance is being given.
5I never really thought I'd make the grade. And let's face it, I haven't.
6I was beastly but never coarse. A high-class sort of heel.
7I don't ask questions. I just take their money and use it for things that really interest me.
8I am not one of those people who would rather act than eat. Quite the reverse. My own desire as a boy was to retire. That ambition has never changed.
9Acting is like roller-skating. Once you know how to do it, it is neither stimulating nor exciting.
10A woman, a dog and a walnut tree, the more you beat them, the better they be.

#Trademark
1Deep smooth voice
2Skill at delivering cutting lines
3Often played purring, sinister villains
4Often played the "cad" in his films, such as Jack Favell in Rebecca (1940)

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