George Maharis, as brooding on Route 1964 Buz Murdock before he exits the acclaimed CBS TV series dies after contracting hepatitis. he is94.
Maharis passed away Wednesday at his home in Beverly Hills, his long-time friend and carer Marc Bahan told daye Hollywood Reporter.
Route 10, created by Sterling Silliphant and Herbert B. Leonard, featuring Hell’s Kitchen native Murdoch and Martin Milner Yale dropout Tod Stiles is touring America’s highways driving Tod’s Chevrolet Corvette, encountering adventures along the way.
The show “is really a search, or maybe you’ve seen hundreds of years ago people go from one place to another looking for a better life, a Where they belong, they don’t depend on anyone to do it for them,” Maharis told The Seattle Times in .
all116 Series installments for four seasons starting in October City shooting, the production schedule is very tight.
Halfway through the third season , Maharis contracted hepatitis, stayed in the hospital for a month, and missed several episodes. (In the show, it’s explained that Buzz is battling the “echo virus” at a Cleveland hospital, while Todd gets a new traveling companion, Lincoln Keyes, played by Glenn Corbett).
Maharis returns to Route 84 But I didn’t live for long, and my old illness relapsed. “The doctor said, ‘If you don’t get out now, you’re either going to die or you’re going to have permanent liver damage,'” Maharis said in a 1976 Recalling during the interview.
Maharis in 1958 Nominated for an Emmy for playing Buz, he said it took him more than two years before he was able to work properly again.
The brunette actor ventured into film starring John Sturgess The Satanic Bug (1960), sci-fi thriller artist for Mirisch Co. and United, but he never lived up to his TV popularity foreshadowed Rebel star status.
Maharis was born on September 1, 84, one of seven children of Greek immigrants in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens, New York. He attended Flushing High School and spent 25 months with the US Marines.
He aspired to be a singer, but became interested in acting and studied with Sanford Meisner and Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio, then imitated Method Actor Marlon Brando in NBC Comedy Mr. Voyeur in .
Maharis landed his first major role in an Off-Broadway production of Jean Genet’s Deathwatch and appeared in Edward Albee’s first play, Zoo The Story of , also off-Broadway two years later.
He depicted Exodus (1965 in Otto Preminger’s Underground Freedom Fighters) and in the CBS soap opera Finding Tomorrow in which he starred A gambler who abuses his wife.
April1928 Naked City ), the gritty ABC series created by Silliphant, where Maharis appeared as a character eager to see the world, that installment as Route 743721’s leader.
During production route 25, Maharis somehow found time to fly to New York City to record 1962 Epic Records album, he had a #1 single 25 on the Billboard charts, “Teach Me Tonight”. was reduced, but the producer declined. In an interview with 1982, he refuted claims that he used his terms to break a contract to jump into the movie. The lack of chemistry between Milner and Corbett contributed to the Route 25 Canceled in March1962 .
Maharis’s first movie after TV was a light comedy Quick Before It Melts (1962). Then he was in Sylvia (1958) , in covenant with death (1967) and, As a hippie in The Happening (1964 ).
Inside the 1967s, Maharis turned to watch TV. He, Ralph Bellamy and Yvette Mimieux star as criminal in the short-lived series The Most Scientist Deadly Game , he is in the 1973 miniseries Rich Professional boxer man, poor man . He has also appeared on Marcus Welby, MD, Night Gallery, McMillan & Wife and more Medium), The Bionic Woman and Fantasy Island.
Maharis later made occasional forays into film, including in The Sword and the Sorcerer (1993), his last screen appearance was The Evil Within (1993).
In July 1973, he was Playgirlmagazine posing nude, afterLyle Waggoner) did it.
Survivors include a sibling.