Actor George Dolenz

George Dolenz (born Jure Dolenc, or Giorgio Dolenz and George Dolentz; January 5, 1908 – February 8, 1963) was an American film actor born in Trieste (then part of Austria-Hungary, now in Italy), in the city’s Slovene community.


Under the name Giorgio Dolenz, he emigrated to the United States via Cuba, arriving by steamship at the port of Key West, Florida, in October 1934; by 1937, the young actor-to-be was in Hollywood and earning his living as a waiter. After appearing in small parts in B movies, he graduated to supporting roles. Following the end of World War II, Dolenz became a leading man under contract to RKO Pictures under Howard Hughes. However, the failure of the feature film Vendetta in 1950 resulted in his return to character and supporting parts for other studios, including MGM’s The Last Time I Saw Paris as the husband of Donna Reed’s character.

Better luck came to him when he was cast as the star of the 1956 ITC Entertainment 39-episode television series, The Count of Monte Cristo as the title character, Edmond Dantes.

On April 21, 1958, Dolenz played Count Peter Von Gilsa in the episode “The Outlander” of the NBC Western television series The Restless Gun.

In 1959, he portrayed Colonel Gutterez in “The Town Is a Prisoner” of the NBC Western series, Cimarron City.

He was cast as Juan Amontillo in the 1961 episode “The Uncourageous” of the ABC Western series, The Rebel, starring Nick Adams. That same year, he played Ramon Ortega in “Brand of Honesty” on the NBC Western, The Deputy, starring Henry Fonda and Allen Case.

Dolenz, who was of Slovene descent, married actress Janelle Johnson. They had four children: actor and singer Micky Dolenz (George Michael Dolenz) of the 1960s musical group, The Monkees, Gemma “Coco” Dolenz, Gina Dolenz, and Debbie Dolenz.

Dolenz died of a heart attack in 1963 at the age of 55. He is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.

Partial filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1941 Unexpected Uncle George, Colony Club Headwaiter Uncredited
1942 Take a Letter, Darling Assistant Headwaiter Uncredited
1943 No Time for Love Captain of Waiters Uncredited
Young Ideas Pepe
Fired Wife Oscar Blix
The Strange Death of Adolf Hitler Herman Marbach
She’s for Me Phil Norwin
Moonlight in Vermont Lionel Devereau
1944 Resisting Enemy Interrogation Capt. Volbricht Uncredited
In Society Count Alexis
The Climax Amato Roselli
Bowery to Broadway George Henshaw
Enter Arsène Lupin Dubose
1945 Song of the Sarong Kalo
Easy to Look At Antonio
The Royal Mounted Rides Again Constable ‘Frenchy’ Moselle Serial
1946 Girl on the Spot Leon Lorenz
Idea Girl Wilfred Potts
Night in Paradise Frigid Ambassador
1947 Song of Scheherazade Pierre, the Headwaiter
1950 Vendetta Lt. Orso Antonio della Rabia
1952 My Cousin Rachel Guido Rainaldi
1953 Scared Stiff Mr. Cortega
Wings of the Hawk Col. Paco Ruiz
1954 The Last Time I Saw Paris Claude Matine
Sign of the Pagan Emperor Theodosius
1955 The Racers Count Salem
A Bullet for Joey Dr. Carl Macklin
The Purple Mask Marcel Cadonal
1957 The Sad Sack Ali Mustapha
1959 Timbuktu Colonel Charles Dufort
1961 Look in Any Window Carlo
1962 Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Gen. von Kleig

External Links

Actor George Dolenz – Wikipedia

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