George Foghorn Winslow began his career as a child actor with Marilyn Monroe. Starring in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, he earned attention with his booming, husky voice, starring in other films before retiring at age 12. Winslow died on June 13, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Only 69 when he died, George earned the nickname Foghorn for that unmistakable voice that charmed co-stars such as Marilyn and enchanted audiences. In addition to Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Winslow won praise for his roles in films such as Room for One More and The Rocket Man.
George had Cary Grant to thank for his first big movie role. The two acted together in the Grant vehicle Room for One More, with Cary playing to the child star’s foghorn voice. Winslow passed away from a heart attack in California. He was in his own home, with 25 cats sharing the residence with him.
Other stand out roles for George included My Pal Gus with Richard Widmark, shown below.
But the name Foghorn entered the picture when Winslow played in Mister Scoutmaster with Clifton Webb and Edmund Gwenn.
It was George’s speech to Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes that made audiences smile, however. With his foghorn voice booming, Winslow lends a hand to Marilyn when she’s stuck in a porthole.
“The first reason is I’m too young to be sent to jail,” said George in explaining why he decided to help the blonde bombshell. “The second reason is you got a lot of animal magnetism.”
The foghorn-voiced child star also was billed as “Marilyn Monroe’s Favorite Boy Friend.”
As the Inquisitr reported, fans of Monroe recently mourned and were outraged when her home in which she resided at the beginning of her Hollywood career was torn down to be replaced with condos. Those for the development contended that because it wasn’t where Marilyn lived when she made movies such as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, it wasn’t significant.
But for fans of the child star known as Foghorn who made his career starring with the sexy actress, it was those movies in which George and Monroe starred that counted.
Born George Wentzlaff, an appearance on Art Linkletter’s radio program People Are Funny gave “Foghorn” his jump start into Hollywood, reported the Press Democrat.
When Cary heard the then six-year old Winslow, he couldn’t resist the opportunity have him play one of his foster children in Room for One More.
Never married, George was found in bed in his home by a friend Kevin Braafladt, who revealed that his friends knew him as Wally.
“The nicest guy you could ever know,” summed up Braafladt. “I think he was genuinely happy with where his life was.”
Kevin revealed that he will seek help from a group called Forgotten Felines to get the 25 cats living with Winslow into new homes.
“His love was the cats,” admitted Braafladt. “He’d always talk about them.”
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