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About Late George Englund - Brief Account on His Life and Career

Published Tue Aug 18 2020 By Aashika
About Late George Englund - Brief Account on His Life and Career

Late George Englund was widely known as an American actor, director, producer, and filmmaker. He is known for notable works as a director of movies Zachariah, Signpost to Murder, Snow Job, and many more.

He was also recognized as the ex-husband of popular actress Cloris Leachman. They were together for almost 26 years and they became parents of five children.

Take a look at some facts that you should know about George Englund. 

Net worth: $1 Million Before Death

George Englund had $1 million as his net worth before his death. He accumulated his huge worth through his contribution to the entertainment industry. He had severed as an actor, producer, director, and filmmaker in numerous movies. 

Former Spouse: Cloris Leachman

The Director was in a married life with actress Cloris Leachman who is an amazing actress, she is the legendary actress who is doing acting since 1947.  

Englund and Leachman got married in the early year 1953. The ex-pairs were happily married until the year 1979. They share five children. 

George Englund with his ex-wife Cloris Leachman.
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Second Wife - Bonnie Graves

After unsuccessful married life with his first wife, George exchanged his vows with Bonnie Graves. They wedded in 1980. The couple has two children from their marriage. After 12 years, they couldn’t take it so far and get divorced in 1992. 

His second wife Bonnie Graves.
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Has Seven Children

George Englund is the father of seven children. He had five from the first marriage and two from second. His children’s name Adam, Bryan, George Jr., Morgan, and Dinah (who are from Cloris Leachman).Similarly, Graves and Max from Bonnie Graves.

Englund’s daughters and sons through first are also a well-known personality in Hollywood whereas his two sons Graves and Max died in 1993. 

Englund with his then-wife and their children.
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Lost His Elder son

His first son, Bryan Englund, who was a prominent actor of his time. On 26th February 1986, he was found dead in his Manhattan YMCA room. 

According to the news of LA times, the police had found two bottles of ulcer medications which implied overdose as the cause of his death. At that time, Englund and his families have to face a tragic phase of their entry life. 

Bryan Englund with his mother Cloris Leachman.
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His Parents

He is the son of Harold Austin Ripley and actress Mabel Albertson. He was born on June 22, 1926, in Washington, D.C., US. His mother was an actress who had done work in television movies and series such as ‘Bewitched’ (series), ‘Perry Mason’ (series), ‘The Case of the Hateful Hero’ (series), 'A Fine Madness' (movie), 'All in a Night’s Work' (movie), 'The Gazebo' (movie), and many more. His parents got separated.

George Englund and his mother Mabel Albertson. 
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Taking the Last Name of Step Father

As we know he was born as George Howe Ripley but his last name has some change. His mother got married to Ken Englund after divorcing his father. As he adopted the surname from his stepfather. 

Prominent As a Director

As being the son of an actress, he got easily the opportunity to step into the industry. He made his first appearances from the movie ‘The Ugly American’ in 1963. After that, he got fame as one of the top directors. Then he became the director of movies like ‘Signpost to Murder’, ‘Zachariah’, ‘Snow Job’, ‘A Christmas to Remember’, and ‘The Vegas Strip War’.

Screenwriter and Actor

Besides directing, he is also a screenwriter. He became a writer of drama television film called 'Challenger'. It was based on the events surrounding the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. 

The film also won the 42nd Primetime Emmy Award in September 1996. On the other hand, he appeared in the drama series 'The Vegas Strip War' in 1984.

Cause of Death

At the age of 91, he died on September 14, 2017and the cause of death was falling. He died peacefully at his house in Palm Spring, California, United States. 

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