A Tribute to George Furth

    Just a note that George Furth one of our best character actors recently passed away at 75 years of age. If you believe, you do not know who George Furth is then take another look at “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” George played the overly loyal railroad employee, Woodcock, who was blown up by Butch (Paul Newman) not once but twice.

 

”Woodcock, you can’t want to get blown up again,” Butch yells out.

“Butch,” Woodcock says, “You know that if were my money, there is no one I would rather have steal it than you. But, you see, I am still in the employment of E.H. Harriman of the Union Pacific Railroad.”

 

    A classic moment in a classic film, the kind of moments that Furth’s  was notable for in every project he was involved in. Furth also appeared in other films including “Games,” “Myra Breckenridge,” “Oh God,” “Cannonball Run,” Young Doctors in Love,” “Shampoo” and “Blazing Saddles” where he played Van Johnson. However, it is TV where he did much of his work starting in the early 1960’s through the late 1990’s.  Shows like “The Odd Couple”, “Murder, She Wrote,” “Happy Days,” “Little House on the Prairie,” “Wings” and many others. George was very distinctive and was generally cast as milquetoast, nervous, jumpy type.

    George was also a playwright collaborating with Stephen Sondheim on “Company” for which he won a Tony. He also collaborated with Sondheim on “Merrily, We Roll Along” and “Getting Away with Murder” Other plays he wrote include  “Twigs,” “The Supporting Cast” and “Precious Sons.”         

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