*BERT LAHR~born: Aug 13, 1895,New York, New York USA. Death: Dec 4, 1967, New York City, USA (hemorrhage + pneumonia) Birth name: Lahrheim. Starred in "The Wizard of Oz" as the Cowardly Lion, 1939. He has been known for being in burlesque, vaudeville + Broadway.Dropped out of high school at 15 for a juvenile vaudeville act, worked his way up to top billing of the Columbia Burlesque Circuit....died in 1967.
Bert Lahr. The Cowardly Lion, Zeke. Bert Lahr [1895–1967] (Zeke / The Cowardly Lion) reportedly added his own dialogue to "The Wizard of Oz" and remained in motion pictures until his final role in 1968's "The Night They Raided Minsky's." His son, John Larh, grew up to become a drama critic and distinguished author of 16 books including the bestselling Notes On a Cowardly Lion: The Biography of Bert Lahr.