George Cleveland

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George Cleveland
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George Cleveland as George "Gramps" Miller in the early seasons of Lassie
Born George Alan Cleveland
(1885-09-17)September 17, 1885
Sydney, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada
Died July 15, 1957(1957-07-15) (aged 71)
Burbank, California, USA
Cause of death
Heart attack
Occupation Actor
Years active 1933–1957
Spouse(s) Helen Cleveland(1905-?)
Victory Bateman(m. 1910)

George Alan Cleveland (September 17, 1885 – July 15, 1957) was a Canadian film actor. He appeared in more than 180 films between 1933 and 1954.


Cleveland is perhaps best remembered today as George "Gramps" Miller in the early years of the long running US series Lassie. The popular TV show underwent cast & character changes over the years, and the early seasons in which Cleveland appeared were retitled Jeff's Collie for syndicated reruns and DVD release. He played the grumpy but kind hearted father-in-law of farmwoman Ellen Miller (Jan Clayton), and grandfather of Lassie's owner, Jeff (Tommy Rettig). Cleveland appeared in the first three seasons (1954 – 1956) and in the first 12 episodes of the fourth season (1957). His death in July 1957 was written into the 13th episode of the fourth season (1957) and became the storyline motive for the selling of the farm and the departure of the Millers for Capitol City.

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