George Howe Englund Sr.
1926 - 2017
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June 22, 1926 - September 14, 2017 Producer, Director, Screenwriter and Author passed away on September 14th following complications from a fall. George was known for such films as The Ugly American, The Shoes of the Fisherman, Zachariah and Challenger. His literary works include, The Way It's Never Been Done Before: My Friendship with Marlon Brando, and Cloris: My Autobiography. The son of actress Mabel Albertson and Harold Austin Ripley, and nephew of actor Jack Albertson, he was born George Howe Ripley in Washington D.C. After his parents divorced, Mabel married screenwriter, Ken Englund; who adopted George and his sister, Patsy Ripley. His early education was at Black-Foxe Military Institute. As an English/Philosophy major at UCLA, he was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity and captain of the basketball and tennis teams. George was married to actress Cloris Leachman from 1953-1979. They had five children: Adam, Bryan (died 1986), George Jr., Morgan and Dinah. George was then married to Bonnie Graves from 1980-1992; and had two children: Max (died 1993) and Graves. George spent the last decade of his life with his loving friend Frances Bowes; writing, travelling and enjoying life. A man of eloquence and wit, George was known for his towering intellect and legendary sense of humor. He had a tremendous store of poetry and song in him, and he gave beautiful voice to both. His mind was curious, caring and massive. George was in the process of completing his autobiography (to be published). A movie about his life and friendship with actor Marlon Brando is also in development. George's loving family and friends surrounded him when he died at his home in Palm Springs, with the beautiful view of the mountains he cherished. George's sister, two ex-wives, five children, seven grandchildren and one great-grandson survive him. Services are pending and a Memorial in George's honor is being planned for November. In lieu of flowers, please donate to, in memory of Max Englund.

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Published in Los Angeles Times from Sep. 21 to Sep. 25, 2017.
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August 4, 2018
George was a very generous man. He was animated, funny, and so intelligent. He passed those traits along to George Jr as well. George Sr often spent time at the Palm Springs Stroke Recovery Center (aka the Neuro Vitality Center) telling such interesting tales about his life. My husband was a stroke victim and all of us there so appreciated his visits. George Jr volunteered his time there on many occasions also. Even though he was a very busy man with his own career, he was faithful to help whenever he could. We all admired how the family maintained such respect and love for each other and Cloris Leachman performed her one person show for us to the delight of all.Such a talent!!! George had a little dog that he adored and used to bring her to the talks. He will always live on in the hearts of the many people whose lives he touched. He will truly be missed.
Marla Madrigal
October 9, 2017
George would come here to the Stroke Recovery Center (now called the Neuro Vitality Center) and run the discussion group with our clients once or twice monthly. He did this for about 3 or 4 years and everyone here loved him and loved hearing all of his stories. He always walked in the room with a big smile and a wonderful attitude. We will all miss him. Blessings to his family.
Colleen Todd
October 2, 2017
In 1960 my mother and aunt, Polly Bleavins and Laura Williams, were domestic workers for Mr Englund and his wonderful mother.One day I went to work with my aunt. I was washing Mrs Englund car when George drove up. Although my hands were sudsy, he grabbed my hand and shook with vigor. That made me feel special. When he learned that I was graduating from middle school, he instructed my mom to take me to a mens clothing store on Whilshire Boulevard where he had an account. I was to pick out any suit I wanted. I have never forgotten that act of kindness and all the others bestowed on family by George, wife Cloris. And mother Mabel Albertson.
Edmund Bleavins
October 2, 2017
My family sends our sincere condolences for your loss. May happy memories of your loved one and the words of Isaiah 57:15 provide you with much comfort.
Green Family
October 2, 2017
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
October 1, 2017
I had the privilege of getting to know George when I had both Max and Graves in Second grade. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this heartfelt time.
October 1, 2017
We knew George through Frances Bowes. We found him very bright, inquisitive, and witty. Great company, all in all. End of an era...
Leslie and Mac McQuown
September 29, 2017
Offering my condolences to the family and loved ones. "May mercy and peace and love be increased to you. "- Jude 2
September 28, 2017
My truly condolence to all of his family siblings.As I read his book about his friendship with Marlon Brando.Dear George Englund,spread your wings and fly**
Eva Maria Uhl
September 27, 2017
My deepest condolences to all the family and friends.
Antonia Lanzendorfer
September 27, 2017
Christine Girtatos
September 26, 2017
I just found out of George's passing and while we had not kept in touch for quite awhile I must say it was a stab right in the heart. I regret those who have not had the pleasure of his BRILLIANT company and friendship. He is one of the most unique individuals I have ever met. As a filmaker he was ahead of his time in choice of material . George was a Renaissance Man - had he lived then there would be books and plays written about him . We shared many personal experiences and he understood so much - words trivialise his importance to me in my career - MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY HE LOVED SO MUCH - George understood loss and always approached life with the utmost dignity - If I was asked for one word to describe him it would be NOBILITY in all things - Thank You George my life was richer knowing you
Robert Davi
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