Best Known For
Actor George Hamilton has appeared in more than 80 movies and television shows during his career, including the film Light in the Piazza in 1962.
Think you know about Biography?
Answer questions and see how you rank against other players.Play Now
George Hamilton was born on August 12, 1939, in Memphis, Tennessee. Following high school, Hamilton's good looks caught the eye of studio executives. He received more than a dozen movie offers throughout the 1960s.
Actor George Stevens Hamilton was born on August 12, 1939, in Memphis, Tennessee. Hamilton was the first child born to Ann and George Hamilton Sr., who was a touring society bandleader. In order to accommodate George Sr., the family moved frequently, residing in Arkansas, Los Angeles, Boston, New York and Palm Beach. Hamilton attended Palm Beach High School, where he developed an affinity for drama.
After his graduation from high school, he landed his first lead role in 1959's Crime and Punishment. Although his performance was considered wooden, his chiseled features and movie star good looks won the attention of studio executives. Hamilton was offered a steady stream of roles, and in the 1960s, he prospered as an actor opposite Hollywood's most sought after actresses. During this period, he starred in over a dozen films including 1961's By Love Possessed (with Lana Turner) and 1962's Light in the Piazza (with Olivia de Havilland).
However, in 1966, personal obstacles put a damper on his professional career. Hamilton's courtship of Lynda Bird Johnson (President Johnson's daughter) was widely publicized, and eventually erupted into a tabloid scandal. As the scandal progressed, fewer and fewer roles came his way. Hamilton gave in to the pressures of the industry and reluctantly accepted his first television role as the trendy Duncan Carlyle in the series The Survivors (1969).
In 1979, Hamilton made a comeback to the big screen with his appearance as Count Dracula in the horror spoof Love at First Bite. In 1981's Zorro, the Gay Blade he played the title role. For one season in 1985, Hamilton enjoyed a brief stint on the prime time series Dynasty, where he played a ruthless movie producer. Five years later, director Francis Ford Coppola cast Hamilton as Al Pacino’s high-profile lawyer in The Godfather, Part III (1990).
In the early ‘90s, the struggling actor maintained his affluent lifestyle by launching a line of skin products that were sold via the QVC network. In 1995, he partnered with his former wife Alana to introduce their own short-lived talk show, The George and Alana Show. Hamilton has also enjoyed frequent appearances on the morning show Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee, where he served as temporary co-host during Philbin’s absence.
Most recently he appeared as a financier in A&E's four-hour miniseries P.T. Barnum (1999). Based on the life of the founder of the famed circus, the series premiered in October of 1999 and featured Beau Bridges in the title role.
Throughout his career (which includes over 80 movie and television shows), Hamilton came to be known as the perpetually tanned leading man of the big and small screen. In Hamilton's most recent project, he collaborated with Merv Griffin to produce an autobiographical film that focuses on his childhood.
profile name: George Hamilton profile occupation:
Sign in with Facebook to see how you and your friends are connected to famous icons.
Your Friends' Connections
Included In These Groups
Originally called Toast of the Town, The Ed Sullivan Show ran from 1948-1971 on CBS and was an American staple in the 50s and 60s. The American variety show featured the Who's Who of celebritydom over the decades, including Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Tony Bennett, Carol Channing, Lucille Ball, The Jackson 5, and The Doors.
The Ed Sullivan Show Guests 215 people in this group
Primetime Soap Stars 36 people in this group
Famous Leos 558 people in this group