January 5, 1908
|Died||February 8, 1963
Hollywood, Los Angeles
Cause of death
|Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California|
|Spouse(s)||Janelle Johnson (1943 – February 8, 1963, his death)|
Four children, including
George Dolenz (born Jure Dolenc; a.k.a. Giorgio Dolenz and George Dolentz; 5 January 1908 – 8 February 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 minor 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 (1950 film) 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.
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 the 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 fifty-five.
- Young Ideas (1943)
- Moonlight in Vermont (1943)
- Enter Arsène Lupin (1944)
- Bowery to Broadway (1944)
- The Climax (1944)
- Resisting Enemy Interrogation (1944)
- The Royal Mounted Rides Again (1945) serial
- Night in Paradise (1946)
- Song of Scheherazade (1947)
- Vendetta (1950)
- My Cousin Rachel (1952)
- Scared Stiff (1953)
- The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954)
- A Bullet for Joey (1955)
- Timbuktu (1959)
- "The Outlander," The Restless Gun, DVD, Timeless Media Group