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‘Route 66’ Star George Maharis Dies at 94

At the moment, the world is reeling from the loss of the renowned Hollywood actor George Maharis. He was best known for playing the role of brooding Buz Murdock in the 1960s acclaimed CBS series Route 66. He passed away at the age of 94.

While having a conversation with The Hollywood Reporter, George’s longtime friend and caregiver Marc Bahan, mentioned that the beloved actor died on Wednesday at his home in Beverly Hills. Continue reading further to know the cause behind the death of George Maharis.

What was the cause behind the demise of George Maharis?

George’s friend Marc Bahan confirmed the news of his demise via his recent Facebook post. At the time of his passing, he was 94 years old. He left for the heavenly abode on Wednesday. As of this moment, the actual cause behind his demise remains a mystery.

Marc wrote, “George Maharis passed away on Wednesday, May 25. George is well known for his stardom in Route 66, stage productions, singing, artist, and above all a great guy would do anything for anyone. My dear friend, you’ll be terribly missed.”

Here’s all you need to know about George Maharis (including his early life, acting career, and more)

George Maharis was an actor and singer who was born on September 1, 1928, in Astoria, New York. He was one of the seven kids. His parents were Greek immigrants. Back in the day, he went to the Flushing High School and soon after, he served in the Navy United States Marine Corps for 18 months.

Then, Maharis studied at the Actor’s Studio and started working in off-Broadway productions. His first TV role saw the light of day in the year 1958 with The Muggar.

Shortly afterward, George starred in TV shows such as Naked City, Exodus, and Search for Tomorrow. In 1960, he bagged the role of Buz Murdock in his kitty. Later on, he had to bid adieu to the show due to health issues.

Why did George Maharis leave the show ‘Route 66’?

For those of you who are unaware, let us share with you, George had to say goodbye to the popular 1960s CBS series Route 66 midway season 3 because of some health concerns. Then, he was down with hepatitis.

During a 2008 interview with The Seattle Times, Maharis said the show “was really kind of a searching or what you may have seen hundreds of years ago where the people came over the mountains to go from one place to the other to find a better life, a place where they belonged, and they didn’t rely on anybody else to do it for them.”

George’s film credits include Quick Before It Melts (1964), Sylvia (1965), A Covenant with Death (1967), and The Happening (1967). In addition to this, he also appeared in many TV shows like Night GalleryMission: Impossible, Barnaby Jones, Rich Man, Poor Man, The Bionic Woman, KojakMedical CenterShaft, The Snoop Sisters, and Fantasy Island. 

We send our deepest condolences to the entire family of George Maharis during this time of difficulty. Don’t forget to stay tuned with us for the latest updates from the world of showbiz.

Meenal Mehta
Hi, I am Meenal. I'm a travel enthusiast, a movie buff and a cricket fan all wrapped in one. I love to capture moments through my words. Writing is my happy space, it has been a great way of putting all my thoughts out and feel liberated.


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