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Saturday
Apr122014

Beauty Break: George Hamilton

The perma-tanned actor, playboy and unreal beauty back in the day turns 75 this summer. More photos and a few notes after the jump...

George Hamilton 50+ years ago during the early years of his fame.

George in 1966 George in his natural habitat

Where the Boys Are (1960) was a breakthroughGeorge & Liz (one of the few paramours she DIDN'T marry) at Cannes in the 80sGeorge & Liz again. © Ralph Dominguez

Hamilton is in some ways a tacky celebrity, all TV reality / game show ready (Dancing With the Stars was hardly new territory) and of modest talent but he used it well when he found the right opportunities. His career peak was undoubtedly in the late 70s early 80s when his healthy sense of his own ridiculousness paid off in the Dracula spoof Love at First Bite (1979) and his comic dual role spin on the most legendary of swashbucklers, Zorro The Gay Blade (1981) in which he played both the latin lover swordsman and his gay twin brother Bunny Wigglesworth. It's not quite as offensive as it sounds, surprisingly. He was Golden Globe nominated for both. 

Have you ever seen Where the Boys Are (1960)? It's not much of a movie but it's such a time capsule of social mores of the late 50s as many teen angst films are in their day

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Reader Comments (8)

Wow. I never realized how attractive he was back in the day.

April 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBenji

Godfather III is what I remember him best from even though I've seen most of the others you mention. And he's still working.

April 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHenry

He is one of those men who was too pretty when he was young but aged into a handsome man.

April 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJaragon

I wonder if he and Liz used the same colorest?

April 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHenry

Where the Boys Are is mostly silly fun until it turns dark towards the end. It's day-glo pretty with many terrific performers, Paula Prentiss, Jim Hutton, Delores Hart, Barbara Nichols etc., in it. Love the title tune!

While he is mostly remembered as a walking suntan with a sense of humor now, when he was starting out he gave some good performances. He's a little rough in Act One where he portrays Moss Hart but in Your Cheatin' Heart as Hank Williams he's solid. He also holds his own in Home From the Hill against the formidable trio of Robert Mitchum, Eleanor Parker and George Peppard.

He was attractive in his youth and even with the over-tanning still always looks pulled together and dignified. Just one thing, I believe his birthday is August 12th not today.

April 12, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjoel6

Before the tanning Hamilton was an immaculate young man.

April 12, 2014 | Unregistered Commenter3rtful

joel 6 -- you're right. I fixed the post. so embarrassed. i have no idea how i got the date wrong. argh.

April 12, 2014 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

His role in Light in the Piazza was one of his best.

April 13, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

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