Mathews in the 1956 film The Last Wagon
|Born||October 10, 1911|
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Died||November 7, 1984 (aged 73)|
Mathews was born in Brooklyn, New York.
Mathews was tall (6' 1.5"). His career on stage began in the early 1930s, when he failed to get a job with the U.S. Mail. He joined the W.P.A. Theatre, and landed a role in the play Processional (1937) as Dynamite Jim.
Mathews was often cast as heavies or hardened military types. He appeared in both the stage (1942–43) and film version (1944) of The Eve of St. Mark, as Sergeant Ruby. He also portrayed comic thugs in Pat and Mike (1952), starring Katharine Hepburn, and in the Garson Kanin-directed musical comedy Do Re Mi (1960–62), as Fatso O'Rear, starring Phil Silvers. In 1962 he played Stryker in Have Gun - Will Travel, Season 6, Episode 6. He also demonstrated his comedic talent in the short-lived television comedy series Glynis (1963), playing ex-cop Chick Rogers, who assists a mystery writer and amateur sleuth, played by Glynis Johns, in solving "whodunnits", He was also in the Broadway play Catch Me If You Can in 1965. Perhaps his most memorable role was as Harvey in The Bensonhurst Bomber episode of The Honeymooners. He also played the bar owner, John Shanssey, who helped Doc Holliday from hanging in "Gunfight At The OK Corral".
Mathews retired from the screen in 1972.
Personal life and death
|1943||Stage Door Canteen||Marine Sergeant with Ray Bolger||Uncredited|
|1944||Up in Arms||Blackie|
|1944||The Eve of St. Mark||Sgt. Ruby|
|1944||Wing and a Prayer||Dooley|
|1945||The Corn Is Green||Trap Driver||Uncredited|
|1945||The Great John L.||John Flood|
|1952||Pat and Mike||Spec Cauley|
|1952||Sally and Saint Anne||Father Kennedy|
|1952||Yankee Buccaneer||Chief Petty Officer Link|
|1953||Last of the Comanches||Romany O'Rattigan|
|1953||City Beneath the Sea||Capt. Meade aka Ralph Sorensen|
|1953||Act of Love||Henderson|
|1954||The Great Diamond Robbery||Duke Fargoh|
|1955||The Man with the Golden Arm||Williams|
|1956||The Proud Ones||Dillon|
|1956||The Last Wagon||Sheriff Bull Harper|
|1957||Gunfight at the O.K. Corral||John Shanssey|
|1960||Heller in Pink Tights||Sam Pierce|
|1962||The Hole||Construction Worker||(winner of the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film)|
|1971||Going Home||Malloy||(final film role)|
- "George Mathews, actor who played gangsters". The Courier News. New Jersey, Bridgewater. Associated Press. November 13, 1984. p. 23. Retrieved February 8, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
- "George Mathews, 73, Actor On Broadway And In Movies", The New York Times, November 13, 1984.
- Obituary of Mary H. Matthews, The Greenville News, May 7, 2011 (reprinted at legacy.com).
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