George O. Petrie

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George O. Petrie
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Petrie as the star of Charlie Wild, Private Detective on radio, 1950.
Born (1912-11-16)November 16, 1912
New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
Died November 16, 1997(1997-11-16) (aged 85)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Resting place
Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills)
Occupation Actor
Years active 1944–1996
Spouse(s) Patricia Pope (?-1997) (his death) 2 children

George O. Petrie (November 16, 1912 – November 16, 1997) was an American radio and television actor.

Life and career[edit]

Petrie was born on November 16, 1912 in New Haven, Connecticut.

On The Honeymooners, he had recurring character roles throughout the series. He appeared on the popular prime time soap opera Dallas and the 1996 Sequel Dallas: J.R. Returns, in the recurring role of attorney Harv Smithfield.

Petrie started in radio drama, including playing the title role in The Adventures of the Falcon.[1] He played Bill Grant in Call the Police[2] and appeared on programs such as the syndicated horror program "Murder at Midnight" in 1947.

Petrie's film credits include At Sword's Point (1952), Baby Boom (1987), and Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987).

Other television credits include: Rawhide, 77 Sunset Strip, The Twilight Zone, Leave It to Beaver,[3][4] The Andy Griffith Show, Perry Mason, Dr. Kildare, Bonanza, The Addams Family, The Munsters, The Wild Wild West, Hawaii Five-O, Little House on the Prairie, Ironside, Combat!, Maude, Gunsmoke, Three's Company, Cagney and Lacey, Dynasty, Quincy, M.E., Knight Rider, St. Elsewhere, Wiseguy, Night Court, Mad About You and L.A. Law.

Petrie died of lymphoma on his 85th birthday in Los Angeles. He and his wife, the former Patricia Pope, had two children.


Petrie's passing was noted in the end credits of Mad About You's seventh episode of its sixth season, with "For Our Friend George O. Petrie 1912-1997". Petrie had a recurring role on the show, appearing in 10 episodes between 1994 and 1996 as Sid, Paul Buchman's editing assistant. He also had a very short-lived, on-screen love interest with Lolly Stemple (played by actress Meg Wyllie), Jamie (Stemple) Buchman's aunt.


  1. ^ Sies, Luther F. (2014). Encyclopedia of American Radio, 1920-1960, 2nd Edition, Volume 1. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-5149-4. P. 13.
  2. ^ Dunning, John. (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3. P. 131.
  3. ^ "The Credit Card". Internet Movie Database. Leave It to Beaver. 7 February 1963. Episode 215 (season 6, episode 20). Retrieved April 6, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Summer in Alaska". Internet Movie Database. Leave It to Beaver. 9 May 1963. Episode 228 (season 6, episode 33). Retrieved April 6, 2014. 

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