George M. Cohan

George M. Cohan


George M. Cohan
Film: South side of the 6700 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Actor | Dancer | Playwright | Producer | Singer | Songwriter
Born July 4, 1878 in Providence, RI
Died Nov. 5, 1942 of abdominal cancer in New York, NY

The son of a family act that was famous in vaudeville, one of George Cohan's first roles was in the film "Peck's Bad Boy."

Cohan wrote more than 40 plays, about 100 songs and scores of vaudeville sketches. He was awarded the Congressional Medal for his "outstanding contributions to the American spirit," which included many patriotic songs, including the famous "Over There."

He was a man who was the personification of Broadway, and he never liked Hollywood although he went west a few times to make some movies.

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