Lahr, Bert (1895 – 1967)
American actor and comedian known principally for his role as the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz.
Vintage autograph on a small card; professionally double matted in grey tones with by a 8″x10″ black and white vintage reproduction glossy character still as the Cowardly Lion. Under glass and a sleek gilt wood frame.
Observed Lahr: After The Wizard Of Oz I was typecast as a lion, and there aren’t all that many parts for lions.
Lahr also played the role of farmworker Zeke in the 1939 movie. Less known is his early work in burlesque, vaudeville and on Broadway. He made his film debut in 1931 in Flying High, playing the part of the oddball aviator he had previously played on stage.
Winner of a 1964 Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his role in Foxy. Mr. Lahr was filming The Night They Raided Minsky’s when he died of cancer. It was later revealed that he had quietly suffered from cancer for some time. A gentle soul who is greatly missed by so many. His manner was very reminiscent of Ed Wynn, another comedic genius (SEE item elsewhere in this category).