George Cleveland

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George Cleveland

George Cleveland as George "Gramps" Miller in the early seasons of Lassie
Born George Alan Cleveland
(1885-09-17)September 17, 1885
Sydney, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada
Died July 15, 1957(1957-07-15) (aged 71)
Burbank, California, U.S.
Cause of death Heart attack
Occupation Actor
Years active 1933–1957
Spouse(s) Helen Cleveland (1905-?)
Victory Bateman (1910-19?) (her death)
Dorothy Melleck (1955-1957) (his death)[1]

George Alan Cleveland (September 17, 1885 July 15, 1957) was a Canadian film actor. He appeared in more than 180 films between 1933 and 1954.

Early years

Cleveland was born in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada.[2]


Cleveland moved to Hollywood in 1936 and went on to work in films via acting, producing and directing.[3]


Cleveland is perhaps best remembered today as George "Gramps" Miller in the early years of the long running US series Lassie.[2] The early seasons in which Cleveland appeared were retitled Jeff's Collie for syndicated reruns and DVD release. He played the grumpy but-kind hearted father-in-law of farm woman Ellen Miller (Jan Clayton), and grandfather of Lassie's owner, Jeff (Tommy Rettig). Cleveland appeared in the first three seasons (19541956) and in the first 12 episodes of the fourth season (1957). His death in July 1957 was written into the 13th episode of the fourth season (1957) and became the storyline motive for the selling of the farm and the departure of the Millers for Capitol City.


Cleveland died of a heart attack on July 15, 1957, in Burbank, California at age 71.[2] He was survived by his wife, Dorothy Melick Cleveland.[3]

Selected filmography


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  2. 1 2 3 Ellenberger, Allan R. (2001). Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries: A Directory. McFarland. p. 41. ISBN 9780786409839. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  3. 1 2 "George Cleveland, 'Gramps' Of Lassie Show, Dead at 71". Anderson Daily Bulletin. Indiana, Anderson. International News Service. July 16, 1957. p. 14. Retrieved November 17, 2016 via
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