George Cisar (actor)

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George Cisar
George Cisar in The Andy Griffith Show 1961.jpg
George Cisar in The Andy Griffith Show 1961
Born(1912-07-28)July 28, 1912
DiedJune 13, 1979(1979-06-13) (aged 66)
Years active1948–1970

George Cisar (July 28, 1912 — June 13, 1979) was an American actor who performed in more than one hundred roles in two decades as a character actor in film and television, often in prominent Hollywood productions. He frequently played background parts such as policemen or bartenders.


In 1949, Cisar co-starred with a young Mike Wallace in the short-lived police drama Stand By for Crime.[1] Among Cisar's more frequent roles was from 1960 to 1963 as Sgt. Theodore Mooney in thirty-one episodes of CBS's Dennis the Menace.[1]:252 Oddly, series co-star Gale Gordon took the name "Theodore Mooney" and added the middle initial "J." for his character, Theodore J. Mooney, a tough-minded banker on Lucille Ball's second sitcom, The Lucy Show.[2]

Cisar appeared in a 1965 episode of The Cara Williams Show with Cara Williams and portrayed character Donald Hollinger's father in That Girl, the Marlo Thomas sitcom which aired on ABC, and Cyrus Tankersley on CBS's The Andy Griffith Show and its sequel Mayberry, R.F.D.

Unbilled in his first film, 1948's Call Northside 777, he was credited at the bottom of the cast list in his next feature, 1949's Johnny Holiday. His final film appearance, also near the end of the list, was as Joe the barber in the 1970 Southern racial drama, ...tick...tick...tick....

Nine years later, Cisar died in Los Angeles, at the age of 66.[3]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ a b Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 1009. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
  2. ^ Rechcigl, Miloslav, Jr. The Encyclopedia of Bohemian and Czech American Biography Volume II. ISBN 978-1524620714.
  3. ^ Wilson, Scott (2016). Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons (3rd ed.). McFarland & Company. p. 136. ISBN 978-0786479924.

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