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Bert Lahr is a Actor and Scriptwriter American born on 13 august 1895 at New York City (USA)

Bert Lahr

Bert Lahr
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Birth name Irving Lahrheim
Nationality USA
Birth 13 august 1895 at New York City (USA)
Death 4 december 1967 (at 72 years) at New York City (USA)

Bert Lahr, born Irving Lahrheim (August 13, 1895 – December 4, 1967), was an American iconic actor, particularly of stage and film and comedian. Lahr is principally known for his role as the Cowardly Lion, as well as his counterpart Kansas farmworker Zeke in The Wizard of Oz (1939). He was well known for his explosive humor, but also adapted well to dramatic roles and his work in burlesque, vaudeville, and on Broadway.


Lahr's later life was troubled. His first wife, Mercedes Delpino, developed mental health problems that left her hospitalized. This complicated his relationship with his second wife, Mildred Schroeder, as he had legal problems with getting a divorce in New York State. She grew tired of waiting and became involved with another man and married him. Lahr was heartbroken but eventually won her back.

Best films

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Usually with

Arthur Freed
Arthur Freed
(3 films)
Jack Haley
Jack Haley
(3 films)
Mervyn LeRoy
Mervyn LeRoy
(2 films)
Buddy Ebsen
Buddy Ebsen
(3 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Bert Lahr (16 films)

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That's Entertainment!, 2h15
Directed by Jack Haley Jr.
Origin USA
Genres Documentary, Musical
Themes Films about films, Films about music and musicians, Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry, Documentary films about cities, Musical films, Documentary films about films
Actors Frank Sinatra, Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Gene Kelly, Peter Lawford, Liza Minnelli
Roles (archive footage)
Rating77% 3.895763.895763.895763.895763.89576
Cette nostalgique leçon d'histoire recèle les trésors cachés des plus grandes comédies musicales de la MGM ainsi que de nombreux autres extraits merveilleux mais moins célèbres, avec Esther Williams, Jimmy Durante, Eleanor Powell et même Clark Gable chantant et dansant. « Il était une fois Hollywood » est une véritable gourmandise pour cinéphiles et amateurs de comédies musicales.
The Night They Raided Minsky's, 1h39
Directed by William Friedkin
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical
Themes Musical films
Actors Jason Robards, Britt Ekland, Bert Lahr, Norman Wisdom, Forrest Tucker, Harry Andrews
Roles Professor Spats
Rating60% 3.0498753.0498753.0498753.0498753.049875
Rachel Schpitendavel (Britt Ekland), an innocent Amish girl from rural Pennsylvania, arrives in New York's Lower East Side, hoping to make it as a dancer. Rachel's dances are based on Bible stories. She auditions at Minsky's Burlesque, but her dances are much too dull and chaste for the bawdy show. But then Billy Minsky (Elliott Gould) and the show's jaded straight man, Raymond Paine (Jason Robards), concoct a plan to foil moral crusader Vance Fowler (Denholm Elliott), who is intent on shutting down the theater. Minsky publicizes Rachel as the notorious Madamoiselle Fifi, performing the "dance that drove a million Frenchmen wild." This will invite a raid by Fowler and the police. But Billy will let Rachel perform her innocuous Bible dances, thus humiliating Fowler.
The Second Greatest Sex, 1h27
Directed by George Marshall
Origin USA
Actors Jeanne Crain, Jimmy Boyd, George Nader, Bert Lahr, Kitty Kallen, Mamie Van Doren
Roles Job McClure
Rating53% 2.6824352.6824352.6824352.6824352.682435
In 1880, men from three Kansas towns feud over which one gets to be the state's county seat. A safe containing important documents will be placed in whichever town is the winner.
Rose Marie
Rose Marie (1954)
, 1h44
Directed by Mervyn LeRoy
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Adventure, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Operetta films
Actors Ann Blyth, Howard Keel, Fernando Lamas, Bert Lahr, Marjorie Main, Joan Taylor
Roles Barney McCorkle
Rating58% 2.9006552.9006552.9006552.9006552.900655
Rose Marie Lemaître (Ann Blyth) rencontre Mike Malone (Howard Keel), policier canadien qui tente de l'utiliser afin de capturer James Duvall (Fernando Lamas), trappeur recherché, et amant de la jeune femme.
Always Leave Them Laughing, 1h56
Directed by Roy Del Ruth
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Milton Berle, Virginia Mayo, Ruth Roman, Bert Lahr, Alan Hale, Jerome Cowan
Roles Eddie Eagen
Rating59% 2.953532.953532.953532.953532.95353
A nobody, comic Kip Cooper does his act on stage in Asbury Park, New Jersey to more snores than roars. He asks out one of the performing Washburn sisters for a date, and finds that Fay's parents once did a vaudeville act that Kip still knows by heart.
Meet the People, 1h40
Directed by Charles Reisner
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical theatre, Romance
Actors Lucille Ball, Dick Powell, Virginia O'Brien, Bert Lahr, Rags Ragland, June Allyson
Roles Commander
Rating58% 2.90532.90532.90532.90532.9053
Welder William "Swanee" Swanson works at a shipyard in Morganville, Delaware. One day he sees the brightly shining Broadway star Julie Hampton speak in front of a crowd of worlers at the yard, and he instantly falls in love with her.
Ship Ahoy
Ship Ahoy (1942)
, 1h35
Directed by Edward Buzzell
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Eleanor Powell, Red Skelton, Bert Lahr, Virginia O'Brien, Tommy Dorsey, Baldwin Cooke
Roles Skip Owens
Rating64% 3.245983.245983.245983.245983.24598
Tallulah Winters is a dancing star who is hired to perform on an ocean liner. Before she leaves, she is recruited by what she believes is a branch of the American government and asked to smuggle a prototype explosive mine out of the country. In fact, she is unknowingly working for Nazi agents who have stolen the mine. Meanwhile, Merton Kibble (Red Skelton), a writer of pulp fiction adventure stories but suffering from severe writer's block, is on the same ship and soon he finds himself embroiled in Tallulah's real-life adventure. Also appearing in the film were Bert Lahr, Tommy Dorsey, Buddy Rich, and Virginia O'Brien.
Sing Your Worries Away, 1h29
Directed by A. Edward Sutherland
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical
Themes Musical films
Actors Buddy Ebsen, Bert Lahr, June Havoc, Patsy Kelly, Dorothy Lovett, Margaret Dumont
Roles Clarence 'Chow' Brewster
Rating59% 2.9584252.9584252.9584252.9584252.958425
The Wizard of Oz, 1h38
Directed by Mervyn LeRoy, George Cukor, Victor Fleming, Norman Taurog, Richard Thorpe, King Vidor
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Musical theatre, Fantasy, Adventure, Musical
Themes Films about magic and magicians, Monde imaginaire, Films about music and musicians, Le pays d'Oz, Witches in film, Musical films, Steampunk films, Children's films
Actors Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Billie Burke
Roles Zeke / Cowardly Lion
Rating79% 3.9977253.9977253.9977253.9977253.997725
The film starts in sepia toned Kansas in the early 1900s. Dorothy Gale lives with her dog Toto on the farm of her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry. Dorothy and Toto get in trouble with a ruthless neighbor, Miss Almira Gulch, when Toto bites her. However, Dorothy's family and the farmhands are all too busy to pay attention to her. Miss Gulch arrives with permission from the sheriff to have Toto euthanized. He is taken away, but escapes and returns to Dorothy; she then decides to run away from home with Toto to escape Miss Gulch.
Just Around the Corner, 1h10
Directed by Irving Cummings, Robert D. Webb
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Musical theatre, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Children's films
Actors Shirley Temple, Charles Farrell, Claude Gillingwater, Joan Davis, Amanda Duff, Bert Lahr
Roles Gus
Rating65% 3.293163.293163.293163.293163.29316
La petite Penny Hale quitte son pensionnat pour retrouver son père, Jeff Hale, un architecte, habitant le penthouse d'une résidence de New York. Mais elle découvre en arrivant dans l'appartement, qu'il est occupé par une autre famille car son père, ruiné est devenu électricien et habite désormais le sous-sol. Ayant changé de statut dans l'immeuble, Penny est plusieurs fois réprimandée le concierge, puis se lie d'amitié avec Milton Ramsby, le jeune fils de la famille habitant désormais le penthouse.
Zaza (1938)
, 1h23
Directed by George Cukor
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Théâtre, Films based on plays
Actors Claudette Colbert, Herbert Marshall, Bert Lahr, Helen Westley, Constance Collier, Genevieve Tobin
Roles Cascart
Rating61% 3.097243.097243.097243.097243.09724
A glamorous female singer (Colbert) has an affair with a married man (Marshall).
Josette (1938)
, 1h13
Directed by Allan Dwan
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Musical, Crime
Themes Children's films
Actors Don Ameche, Simone Simon, Robert Young, Joan Davis, Bert Lahr, Paul Hurst
Roles Barney Barnaby
Rating63% 3.1881953.1881953.1881953.1881953.188195
Pierre et David Brassard, deux frères, entreprennent de tirer leur père vieillissant des griffes d'une chanteuse, Josette, qui cherche à se faire épouser. Mais ils se trompent et prennent pour la chanteuse, la ravissante habilleuse, Renée LeBlanc, dont ils ne tardent pas à tomber, l'un et l'autre, amoureux.
Love and Hisses, 1h22
Directed by Sidney Lanfield
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Walter Winchell, Ben Bernie, Simone Simon, Bert Lahr, Joan Davis, Dick Baldwin
Roles Sugar Boles
Rating63% 3.164053.164053.164053.164053.16405
Hollywood Party, 1h8
Directed by Richard Boleslawski, Charles Reisner, George Stevens, Allan Dwan, Sam Wood, Edmund Goulding, Roy Rowland
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical
Themes Films about animals, Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Buddy films, Children's films
Actors Jimmy Durante, Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Polly Moran, Charles Butterworth, Lucille Ball
Rating61% 3.0504353.0504353.0504353.0504353.050435
Jungle movie star "Schnarzan" (Durante), a character in parody of Tarzan, is advised by his manager he needs new lions for his pictures, as his old ones are "worn out". At a wild Hollywood party with many varied guests, including a "lion provider", hilarity ensues. After it all gets out of hand, Schnarzan awakens to find he is just plain old Durante, who had a strange dream.