George Irving (American actor)

George Irving

Irving in Craig's Wife (1928)
Born (1874-10-05)October 5, 1874
New York City, U.S.
Died September 11, 1961(1961-09-11) (aged 86)
Hollywood, U.S.
Cause of death Heart attack
Years active 1914–1954
Spouse(s) Katherine Gilman
Children Katharine Irving (1907-1994); Dorothy Irving

George Henry Irving (October 5, 1874 September 11, 1961) was an American film actor and director.


George Irving started his prolific career as a theatre actor, notably on the Broadway in the 1900s. He came to Hollywood in 1914 and played in over 250 films from 1914 until 1948. Irving was initially an actor-director and directed about 35 silent films, which are mostly forgotten today. He switched exclusively to acting in the mid-1920s and became a character actor until the later 1940s.

Irving usually played reputable and stern persons of authority in supporting roles. He is perhaps best known for his roles as Robert Wentworth in Coquette (1929), and as the lawyer Alexander Peabody in Bringing Up Baby (1938). He ended his prolific career with two television roles in the 1950s.

Personal life

George Irving and his wife, Katherine Gilman, had two daughters, Katharine and Dorothy. He died from a heart attack in Hollywood in 1961, aged 86.

Selected filmography

As an actor

As director

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