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“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...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Colleen Todd - Palm Springs, CA

“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...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: Edmund Bleavins

“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...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Green Family

“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. ”
4 of 11 | Posted by: - 2 Corinthians 1:3,4

“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...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: A friend

“We knew George through Frances Bowes. We found him very bright, inquisitive, and witty. Great company, all in all. End of an era... ”
6 of 11 | Posted by: Leslie and Mac McQuown - Sonoma, CA

“Offering my condolences to the family and loved ones. "May mercy and peace and love be increased to you. "- Jude 2 ”
7 of 11 | Posted by: A friend

“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...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Eva Maria Uhl - Dreieich/Germany

“My deepest condolences to all the family and friends. ”
9 of 11 | Posted by: Antonia Lanzendorfer - Vienna


10 of 11 | Posted by: Christine Girtatos - MA

“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...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: Robert Davi - Northridge, CA


Producer, Director, Screenwriter and Author George Englund passed away on September 14th following complications from a fall. George is 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 is 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 SMA.ORG in memory of Max Englund.