George Hamilton is a veteran American actor. He is equally famous for his acting as he is for his perpetually bronzed and tanned skin, which has become a pop-culture joke. His most popular movies include, ‘Crime & Punishment, USA’, ‘Light in the Piazza’, ‘The Godfather Part III’, ‘8 Heads in a Duffel Bag’, and ‘Zorro, The Gay Blade’. But his talents are not limited to movies as he has had a stellar career on TV as well. Some of his best-known TV appearances were in the series ‘A Farewell to Arms’, ‘Dynasty’, ‘The Guilt’, ‘Jenny’, ‘2 Broke Girls’, and ‘American Housewife’. These days, he is more known for his off-screen persona of a handsome, suave escort of beautiful women. However, he is still considered to be an acting legend. With a career spanning more than six-decades, Hamilton has kept himself relevant by continuing to appear in realty-TV shows including, ABC’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’ and ‘I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!’. He has also gone on to launch the ‘George Hamilton Sun Care System’ and owns a number of tanning salons.
Childhood & Early Life
George Stevens Hamilton was born on August 12, 1939, in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. His father was George ‘Spike’ Hamilton, who was the leader of a touring band and his mother was Ann Stevens.
He has a brother named David Hamilton and an older half-brother named, William Potter. From a very young age, George Hamilton got involved in the world of acting. He started to attend ‘Palm Beach High School’ and started performing in plays.
In one of the most controversial admissions of his life, George Hamilton stated that he had an affair with his step-mother, singer June Howard. He lost his virginity to her when he was only twelve. He would later reunite with her when he became a Hollywood star.
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George Hamilton moved to Los Angeles in the later period of 1950 to try his luck in Hollywood. He made his TV debut in the mini-series ‘The Veil’ (1958) as Krishna Vernoy. He followed that up with appearances in the series, ‘The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin’, ‘Cimarron City’, etc. in 1959.
In 1959, George Hamilton made his movie debut in the modern day adaptation of ‘Crime and Punishment, USA’. He portrayed the lead character of Robert Cole, based on Raskolnikov. Hamilton’s performance drew critical acclaim.
1960 turned out to be a breakthrough year for George. He was cast in the successful movie ‘Home from the Hill’ and was then signed by ‘Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’ to a long-term contract. But his debut film with ‘MGM’ entitled ‘All the Fine Young Cannibals’ (1960) was a failure.
His next comedy movie with ‘MGM’ entitled ‘Where the Boys Are’ (1960), was a massive hit and remains one of his most successful movies to date. It also established him as a bona fide star in Hollywood.
Trying to shy away from comedic roles, Hamilton appeared in ‘Angel Baby’ (1961), which was a massive flop. He, however, had critical successes with the western ‘A Thunder of Drums’ (1961) and ‘Light in the Piazza’ (1962).
In 1963, he was praised for his portrayal of Cpl. Theodore Trower in ‘The Victors’. He also gained critical acclaim for his performances in movies like ‘Act One’ (1963) and ‘Your Cheatin’ Heart’ (1964).
In the later part of the 1960s, George Hamilton had started to gain more fame for his lifestyle and for dating beautiful women. He returned to TV and had critically acclaimed roles in the series ‘Burke’s Law’ (1964 – 1965) and ‘A Farewell to Arms’ (1966).
He tasted success again with movies ‘Doctor, You've Got to Be Kidding!’ and ‘Jack of Diamonds’ in 1967.
In the 1970s, Hamilton became a producer-actor with his ‘Evel Knievel’ (1971) and ‘Medusa’ (1973).
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In 1979, he delivered the hit ‘Love at First Bite’ and appeared in the TV shows ‘Spies’ (1987) and ‘Columbo’ (1975 – 1991). From then on he had supporting roles in many movies, including ‘The Godfather: Part III’ (1990).
In 2006, he was a contestant on the second season of ‘Dancing with the Stars’. In 2009, George was a participant in ‘I'm a Celebrity…Get Me out of Here! (UK series 9)’. In more recent times, he has been seen in series like ‘American Housewife’ (2017 – 2019) and ‘General Hospital’ (2018).
One of the most notable performances of George Hamilton’s career was in ‘Crime & Punishment, USA’ (1959). The role won him the ‘Golden Globe Award (1960) for ‘Most Promising Newcomer – Male’ and a ‘BAFTA’ nomination in 1961.
He earned another ‘BAFTA’ nomination for ‘Light in the Piazza’ in 1963. He was also nominated twice at the ‘Golden Globe Awards’ for ‘Love at First Bite’ (1979) and ‘Zorro: The Gay Blade (1981).
Awards & Achievements
In 2009, George Hamilton was honored with a star on the ‘Hollywood Walk of Fame’.
Family & Personal Life
George Hamilton dated Lynda Bird Johnson, daughter of former US President Johnson in 1966.
He was married to Alana Stewart from October 29, 1972, to October 13, 1976. He has a son named Ashley George Hamilton (born September 30, 1974 with Alana.
His second son with ex-girlfriend Kimberly Blackford (1997 – 1999), named George Thomas Hamilton, was born in December 1999.
He was also engaged to German dermatologist Dr. Barbara Strum at one point.