DEAD: ON THIS DATE
-American actor (Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz)
Irving Lahrheim (August 13, 1895 – December 4, 1967) stage name Bert Lahr, was an American actor of stage and screen, vaudevillian and comedian. Lahr is best known for his role as the Cowardly Lion, as well as his counterpart Kansas farmworker Zeke, in the MGM adaptation of The Wizard of Oz (1939). He was well known for his explosive humor, but also adapted well to dramatic roles and his work in burlesque, vaudeville, and on Broadway.
DEATH: Lahr was filming The Night They Raided Minsky’swhen he died on December 4, 1967 at the age of 72. The official cause of death was listed as pneumonia.