George Foghorn Winslow dies of a heart attack last week at his Camp Meeker home. The famous child of the ’50s died at age 69, according to News Max.
Winslow, known for his While known better by his stage name, George Foghorn Winslow, appeared in 10 films in the 1950s along with stars like Cary Grant, Marilyn Monroe and Shirley MacLaine. Retiring from show business at age 12, he finished school, served in the Navy during the Vietnam War, moved to Camp Meeker in the late 1970s and retired from the Postal Service a few years ago.
Friends described him as an easygoing man, quirky and caring and “about the nicest guy you could ever know,” Braafladt said. “I think he was genuinely happy with where his life was.”
George Foghorn Winslow was sharing his home with about 25 cats that Braafladt is now tending at the house; he plans to work with Forgotten Felines to find them adoptive homes. “His love was the cats,” Braafladt said. “He’d always talk about them.”
Nicknamed “Foghorn” for his raspy voice as a slender child with dark blond hair and deep blue eyes, Winslow, a Los Angeles native, broke into the entertainment business on Art Linkletter’s family-oriented radio program, “People Are Funny.” Asked his name by Linkletter, the youngster said: “George Winslow, but I’d rather be Casey Jones,” with a delivery that cracked up Linkletter and the audience and led to about 20 subsequent appearances on the show.
While he was known for his role in a Marilyn Monroe movie, Gary Grant, who heard the show and was impressed with Winslow’s unusual voice and comedy instincts, introduced him to director Norman Taurog in the 1952 film “Room for One More.” The successful movie landed Winslow — under the stage name George Winslow — a contract with Warner Bros. that was bought out two years later by Twentieth Century Fox.
Winslow teamed with Grant again in “Monkey Business,” another 1952 film that co-starred Ginger Rogers and Monroe, making her first movie appearance with platinum-blond hair. Next up was “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” (1953), in which Winslow — playing Henry Spofford III, Monroe’s young admirer — stole scenes from the actress, including his classic line about her possessing a “certain animal magnetism.”
A black-and-white photo from the movie set shows a skinny boy wearing suspenders looking over Monroe’s shoulder. Aurora, a film blogger, calls “Gentlemen” her favorite performance by both Monroe and Winslow.
In the comedy “Mister Scoutmaster” (1953), he traded barbs with Clifton Webb, and in 1955 he had a small role in the musical comedy “Artists and Models,” starring Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Dorothy Malone and newcomer MacLaine. Aurora called it the “last good movie” for George Foghorn Winslow.