George N. Neise
|George N. Neise|
February 16, 1917|
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||April 14, 1996
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Wisconsin|
George N. Neise (February 16, 1917 – April 14, 1996) was an American character actor. He made over 120 film and television appearances between 1942 and 1978.
Beginning in 1937, Neise acted in radio in Chicago, playing a variety of roles in programs. He acted in stock theater with the Peninsula Players in the summers of 1938 and 1939. His Broadway credits include Grandma's Diary (1948).
Neise served for four-and-a-half years as a pilot in the United States Army Air Corps in World War II. After that, he became an in-demand character actor, playing everything from Greek kings to angry bosses to airline pilots.
He may be best remembered for the dual role as the patronizing pharmacist Ralph Dimsal and powerful Ancient Greek king, Odius in the Three Stooges feature The Three Stooges Meet Hercules. He also appeared as Martian Ogg and an unnamed airline pilot in the trio's next feature The Three Stooges in Orbit.
Neise played Nat Wyndham on the television Western Wichita Town (1959-1960). His other TV appearances in Westerns were The Lone Ranger, Death Valley Days, Cheyenne, Zorro, Have Gun–Will Travel, The Rifleman, Maverick and as the wanted man in the pilot of Wanted: Dead or Alive.
In addition to his film work, Neise was featured on television drama series such as Perry Mason, in which he made five appearances. Mainly because of the dishonest character roles he played, he was the murder victim in four of the episodes: Albert Tydings in the 1957 episode, "The Case of the Baited Hook," Wilfred Borden in the 1959 episode, "The Case of the Calendar Girl," Morley Theilman in the 1962 episode, "The Case of the Shapely Shadow," and Stacey Garnett in the 1965 episode, "The Case of the Golden Girls." Nash continued being cast as a 'heavy', appearing as a safe cracker in Official Detective TV series episode The Blind Man in 1957. 'He also appeared on sitcoms such as The Dick Van Dyke Show, Green Acres, The Andy Griffith Show, Mister Ed, The Addams Family, Gilligan's Island, Hogan's Heroes, Adam-12, and Get Smart.
Neise died from cancer at his home in Hollywood on April 14, 1996, at age 79. His surviving family included three children, Richard, Edward George and Gregory from his second wife, Danielle Gentile and two children of his first wife, Lorna Thayer, Bonnie and Nikki. [note 2]
- Twenty Plus Two (1961) - Walter Collinson
- The Three Stooges Meet Hercules (1962) - Ralph Dimsal / King Odius
- Rome Adventure (1962) - Benjamin Bentley (uncredited)
- The Three Stooges in Orbit (1962) - Ogg / Airline Pilot
- Cattle King (1963) - Clancy - Reporter (uncredited)
- Johnny Cool (1963) - Adrian Guinness
- Looking for Love (1964) - Mr. Harvey Miller (uncredited)
- Two on a Guillotine (1965) - Reporter at Funeral (uncredited)
- Brainstorm (1965) - Party Guest (uncredited)
- I'll Take Sweden (1965) - Man in Bed with Blonde (uncredited)
- Do Not Disturb (1965) - Swedish Delegate (uncredited)
- Inside Daisy Clover (1965) - Director (uncredited)
- A Fine Madness (1966) - Television Interviewer (uncredited)
- Penelope (1966) - Mr. Halliday (uncredited)
- A Guide for the Married Man (1967) - Man in bed at Banner Motel
- Did You Hear the One About the Traveling Saleslady? (1968) - Ben Milford
- The Girl Who Knew Too Much (1969) - Marvin Easely
- The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969) - College of Knowledge Sponsor (uncredited)
- On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970) - Wytelipt
- The Barefoot Executive (1971) - Network Executive
- An article in the September 19, 1948, issue of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle says, "Mr. Neise began his career in 1937 in Chicago's radio world ..."
- Neise's entry in the book Television Western Players, 1960–1975: A Biographical Dictionary says, "He was survived by his wife Edy and two daughters Adrienne and Nikki from his earlier marriage to actress Lorna Thayer."
- Aaker, Everett (2017). Television Western Players, 1960–1975: A Biographical Dictionary. McFarland. p. 318. ISBN 9781476628561. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
- "'Grandma's Diary' Keeps Neise Safe From Counting House". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. New York, Brooklyn. September 19, 1948. p. 29. Retrieved September 16, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
- "("George Neise" search results)". Playbill Vault. Playbill. Archived from the original on 17 September 2017. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
- Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 1176. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
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