George Cleveland

George Alan Cleveland (September 17, 1885 – July 15, 1957) was a Canadian film actor.[2] He appeared in more than 180 films between 1933 and 1954.[3]

George Cleveland
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George Cleveland as George "Gramps" Miller in the early seasons of Lassie
George Alan Cleveland

September 17, 1885
DiedJuly 15, 1957 (aged 71)
Years active1933–1957
Spouse(s)Helen Cleveland (1905-?)
Victory Bateman (1910-19?) (her death)
Dorothy Melleck (1955-1957) (his death)[1]

Early years

Cleveland was born in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada.[4] Cleveland moved to Hollywood in 1936 and went on to work in films via acting, producing and directing.[5]


Cleveland is perhaps best remembered today as George "Gramps" Miller in the early years of the long running US series Lassie.[4] The early seasons in which Cleveland appeared were retitled Jeff's Collie for syndicated reruns and DVD release. He played the grumpy but-kind hearted father-in-law of farm woman Ellen Miller (Jan Clayton), and grandfather of Lassie's owner, Jeff (Tommy Rettig).

Cleveland appeared in the first three seasons (1954–1956) and in the first 12 episodes of the fourth season (1957). His death in July 1957 was written into the 13th episode of the fourth season (1957) and became the storyline motive for the selling of the farm and the departure of the Millers for Capitol City.


Cleveland died of a heart attack on July 15, 1957, in Burbank, California at age 71.[4][5]

Selected filmography


  1. ^ "Reading Eagle - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved May 29, 2016.
  2. ^ Wilson, Scott (September 16, 2016). Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed. McFarland. ISBN 9781476625997.
  3. ^ Rowan, Terry (2015). Who's Who In Hollywood!. ISBN 9781329074491.
  4. ^ a b c Ellenberger, Allan R. (2001). Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries: A Directory. McFarland. p. 41. ISBN 9780786409839. Retrieved November 18, 2016.
  5. ^ a b "George Cleveland, 'Gramps' Of Lassie Show, Dead at 71". Anderson Daily Bulletin. Indiana, Anderson. International News Service. July 16, 1957. p. 14. Retrieved November 17, 2016 – via open access publication – free to read

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Association for the Study of African American Life and History

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) is an organization dedicated to the study and appreciation of African-American History. It is a non-profit organization founded in Chicago, Illinois, on September 9, 1915, and incorporated in Washington, D.C. on October 2, 1915, as the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH) by Carter G. Woodson, William D. Hartgrove, George Cleveland Hall, Alexander L. Jackson, and James E. Stamps. The association is based in Washington, D.C. ASNLH was renamed the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History in 1973.

ASALH's official mission is "to promote, research, preserve, interpret, and disseminate information about Black life, history, and culture to the global community."ASALH's official vision is " to be the premier Black Heritage and learned society with a diverse and inclusive membership supported by a strong network of national and international branches to continue the Woodson legacy."ASALH created Negro History Week in 1926. Woodson selected the week to coincide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. Each year, Woodson established a national theme for the celebration. Since 1976, ASALH extended the celebration for all of February.

The organization publishes The Journal of African American History (formerly The Journal of Negro History), and the Black History Bulletin (formerly the Negro History Bulletin). In 2005, ASALH established the ASALH Press, reissuing Carter G. Woodson's Mis-Education of the Negro. The same year ASALH established The Woodson Review, a magazine that promotes its Annual Black History Theme, including it as part of its Black History Kit. In 2005, ASALH discovered a previously unpublished manuscript by its founder, Carter G. Woodson, and published it in a special edition as Carter G. Woodson's Appeal: The Lost Manuscript Edition.

ASALH is a membership organization with over twenty-five branches.

Blazing Six Shooters

Blazing Six Shooters is a 1940 American Western film directed by Joseph H. Lewis and written by Paul Franklin. The film stars Charles Starrett, Iris Meredith, Dick Curtis, Alan Bridge, George Cleveland and Henry Hall. The film was released on April 11, 1940, by Columbia Pictures.

Cape Fullerton

Cape Fullerton (Qatiktalik in Inuktitut) is a cape and peninsula in the Kivalliq Region of Nunavut, Canada located on the northwest shores of Hudson Bay on Roes Welcome Sound and includes Fullerton Harbour. Today it is part of Ukkusiksalik National Park.

Although Cape Fullerton was traditionally home to migrant Inuit people including the Aivilingmiut and the Qaernermiut (Caribou Inuit), today the nearest permanently populated settlement is Chesterfield Inlet, roughly 100 kilometers to the southwest.In the early 1900s, Fullerton Harbour was a popular wintering station for American and Scottish whaling ships and a trading point between the Inuit and the southern whalers. In September 1903, the first North-West Mounted Police outpost was established at Cape Fullerton both to establish Canadian sovereignty as well as to administer whaling licenses, collect customs, control liquor, and maintain order. The NWMP closed about 1914.From 1915 until 1919, Captain George Cleveland (1871–1925) ran a trading post at Fullerton Harbour, under the employ of furrier F. N. Monjo of New York City. In 1919, the Hudson's Bay Company obtained the post and Cleveland moved it to Repulse Bay. It was also in 1919 that Captain George Comer grounded his schooner, the Finback, at Cape Fullerton; it was to be his last Arctic voyage.In 1924, an old carpenter's shop and an outbuilding were dismantled from the remains of Cape Fullerton Outpost and the lumber shipped to Chesterfield Inlet.

In the winter of 1940-41, "the disused Police barracks at Fullerton Harbour" were still being used for refuge for travelers.

Don't Get Personal (1936 film)

Don't Get Personal is a 1936 American comedy film directed by William Nigh and written by George Waggner, Clarence Marks and Houston Branch. The film stars James Dunn, Sally Eilers, Pinky Tomlin, Spencer Charters, Doris Lloyd and George Cleveland. The film was released on February 12, 1936, by Universal Pictures.

Fort Defiance (film)

Fort Defiance is a 1951 American Western film directed by John Rawlins and written by Louis Lantz. The film stars Dane Clark, Ben Johnson, Peter Graves, Tracey Roberts, George Cleveland and Ralph Sanford. The film was released on October 9, 1951, by United Artists.

George G. Cleveland

George Grant Cleveland (born May 9, 1939), is a Republican member of the North Carolina House of Representatives, representing the 14th District since 2004. He is a 25-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps.He currently resides in Jacksonville, North Carolina, where he has lived for over 25 years. In 2012, Cleveland generated controversy when he stated that the state of North Carolina has "no one in the state of North Carolina living in extreme poverty" during a debate in the House regarding preschool funding. In a conflicting statement, the non-profit group Action for Children in North Carolina cited statistics claiming one in ten North Carolina children live in extreme poverty.In February 2017, Cleveland joined with Representatives Michael Speciale (R-Craven), and Larry Pittman (R-Cabarrus) in proposing a constitutional amendment that would allow North Carolina voters to repeal Article I, Section 4 of the North Carolina Constitution. This article declares "This State shall ever remain a member of the American Union; the people thereof are part of the American nation," and prohibits the state from seceding from the United States of America, and its inclusion in North Carolina’s 1868 constitution was a condition for being readmitted into the Union after the Civil War.2017 Session

HB 34

During the 2017 session, Cleveland introduced a bill to budget the funds to purchase for the North Carolina State Highway Patrol three rescue helicopters.

2018 Session

H.B. 1050

A bill to authorize the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to apply for Federal Funds for the Expansion of Sandhills 4 State Vets Cemetery and Western Carolina State Cemetery. 2018

In November 2108, Cleveland beat Isaiah Johnson by almost 20 points.

Ghost Town Riders

Ghost Town Riders is a 1938 American Western film written and directed by George Waggner. The film stars Bob Baker, Fay McKenzie, Hank Worden, George Cleveland, Forrest Taylor and Glenn Strange. The film was released on December 16, 1938, by Universal Pictures.

Little Giant

Little Giant is a 1946 comedy/drama film starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello. The film was released in the UK with the title On The Carpet.

Michael Speciale

Michael David Speciale (born December 9, 1955) is an American Republican politician. He is a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives from the 3rd District, being first elected in 2012. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, before moving to North Carolina as a Marine at the age of 18.He represents the counties of Beaufort, Craven and Pamlico.During a debate for an Anti-Puppy Mill Bill, which was a central focus for the First Lady of North Carolina, Ann McCrory's legislative interests, Speciale stated: "Exercise on a daily basis – if I kick him across the floor, is that daily exercise? 'Euthanasia performed humanely' – so I should choose the ax or the baseball bat?"In February 2017, Speciale joined with Representatives George Cleveland (R-Jacksonville), and Larry Pittman (R-Cabarrus) in proposing a constitutional amendment that would allow North Carolina voters to repeal Article I, Section 4 of the North Carolina Constitution. This article declares " "This State shall ever remain a member of the American Union; the people thereof are part of the American nation," and prohibits the state from seceding from the United States of America, and its inclusion in North Carolina's 1868 constitution was a condition for being readmitted into the Union after the Civil War.In April 2017 Representative Speciale along with Representatives Larry Pittman and Carl Ford filed a bill in the N.C. General Assembly that says gay marriage is not valid in North Carolina. The bill, H.B. 780, claimed the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allows gay marriage is not valid in North Carolina. The bill stated, "…the United States Supreme Court overstepped its constitutional bounds when it struck down Section 6 of Article XIV of the North Carolina Constitution in its Obergefell v. Hodges decision of 2015…" and also says that the Supreme Court ruling "…exceeds the authority of the Court relative to the decree of Almighty God that 'a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh' (Genesis 2:24, ESV) and abrogates the clear meaning and understanding of marriage in all societies throughout prior history…" Had the bill passed, marriages of the same gender performed outside North Carolina would also not recognized. House Speaker Tim Moore released a statement Wednesday on the Uphold Historical Marriage Act that said, "There are strong constitutional concerns with this legislation given that the U.S. Supreme Court has firmly ruled on the issue, therefore House Bill 780 will be referred to the House Rules Committee and will not be heard."Speciale sponsored a bill in 2018 supporting arming teachers .

Miss Grant Takes Richmond

Miss Grant Takes Richmond is a 1949 comedy film starring Lucille Ball and William Holden, directed by Lloyd Bacon and released by Columbia Pictures. It was released under the title Innocence is Bliss in the UK.

My Best Gal

My Best Gal is a 1944 American comedy film directed by Anthony Mann and written by Olive Cooper and Earl Felton. The film stars Jane Withers, Jimmy Lydon, Frank Craven, Fortunio Bonanova, George Cleveland and Franklin Pangborn. The film was released on March 28, 1944, by Republic Pictures.

My Pal Wolf

My Pal Wolf is a 1944 American drama film directed by Alfred L. Werker from a screenplay by Lillie Hayward, Leonard Praskins, and John Paxton, based on the story by Frederick Hazlitt Brennan. Produced and distributed by RKO Radio Pictures, the film was released on October 8, 1944. The film stars Sharyn Moffett (in her film debut), Jill Esmond, Una O'Connor, George Cleveland, Charles Arnt, and Claire Carleton. In addition to Moffett's debut, this picture also marked the production debut of Adrian Scott, who was a writer and producer, who would become a member of the Hollywood Ten.

One Man's Law

One Man's Law is a 1940 American Western film directed by George Sherman and written by Bennett Cohen and Jack Natteford. The film stars Don "Red" Barry, Janet Waldo, George Cleveland, Dub Taylor, Edmund Cobb and Dick Elliott. The film was released on June 29, 1940, by Republic Pictures.


Pitsiulartok or Pituilaktok (formerly: Fairway Island), is a small, uninhabited island located at 63°15'N, 90°33'W in Hudson Bay, about 13 km from the community of Chesterfield Inlet, Nunavut, Canada. The narrow island is about 3.5 km in length and barely 1 km wide at its widest point. Traditionally it was a walrus-hunting ground for the local Inuit, and a landmark for southern whalers. It is part of a loose chain of small islands running along the coast, including Sakpik Island and Promise Island.

The name "Pituilaktok" comes from the Inuktitut name for a local bird known in English as the black guillemot (cepphus grylle), "pitiula".

Promise Island

Promise Island (Inuktitut: Nannuyuma; meaning: "polar bear") is located near the western shore of Hudson Bay. It is barely a square kilometer in area and rises 300 ft (91 m) in elevation on its northern side. It is located about 9 km (5.6 mi) from the community of Chesterfield Inlet, Nunavut, Canada, and is part of a loose chain of small islands running along the coast, including the Wag Islands and Pitsiulartok (Fairway Island).

The island is home to a wide range of wildlife, including the Arctic fox (alopex lagopus innuitus), the harbor seal (phoca hispida), the polar bear, the brown lemming (lemmus t. trimucronatus), the barren-ground caribou (rangifer arcticus), and the red phalarope.

The Plunderers (1948 film)

The Plunderers is a 1948 American Western film directed by Joseph Kane and written by Gerald Geraghty and Gerald Drayson Adams. The film stars Rod Cameron, Ilona Massey, Lorna Gray, Forrest Tucker, George Cleveland and Grant Withers. The film was released on October 31, 1948, by Republic Pictures.

The WAC from Walla Walla

The WAC from Walla Walla is a 1952 American comedy film directed by William Witney and written by Arthur T. Horman. The film stars Judy Canova, Stephen Dunne, George Cleveland, June Vincent, Irene Ryan and Roy Barcroft. The film was released on October 10, 1952, by Republic Pictures.

Untamed Heiress

Untamed Heiress is a 1954 American comedy film directed by Charles Lamont, written by Barry Shipman, and starring Judy Canova, Don "Red" Barry, George Cleveland, Taylor Holmes, Chick Chandler and Jack Kruschen. It was released on April 1, 1954, by Republic Pictures.

Victory Bateman

Victory Bateman (April 6, 1865 in Philadelphia – March 2, 1926 in Los Angeles) was an American silent film actress. Her father, Thomas Creese, and her mother, Elizabeth "Lizzie" Creese, were both actors. On stage, Ms. Bateman appeared in the 1900 tour of "The Man From Mexico" and in the 1919 tour of "Seven Days' Leave".

She was born nine days before Abraham Lincoln was assassinated but was named Victory because of the North's eventual win over the Confederate South finishing the Civil War. In the early 1890s she became embroiled in the divorce proceedings of actors Aubrey Boucicault and Amy Busby. Though later exonerated from all involvement in the case Bateman was forced to resign from an all-woman's group called The Professional Woman's League. At one time she was married to Wilfred Clarke, a son of John Sleeper Clarke. They were separated for many years at the time of the Boucicault trial. She was also married, in later years, to Harry Mestayer and to George Cleveland. She and her last two husbands were eventually involved in the silent film industry.

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