George Englund

George Englund (June 22, 1926 – September 14, 2017) was an American film editor, director, producer, and actor.

George Englund
The Ugly American (1963) 1.jpg
On the set of The Ugly American (1963), from left: cinematographer Clifford Stine, George Englund, Marlon Brando and Sandra Church
George Howe Ripley

(1926-06-22)June 22, 1926
DiedSeptember 14, 2017(2017-09-14) (aged 91)
  • Film editor
  • director
  • producer
  • screenwriter
(m. 1953; div. 1979)

Bonnie Graves
(m. 1980; div. 1992)
RelativesJack Albertson (uncle)
Anabel Englund (granddaughter)


Englund, the son of actress Mabel Albertson and nephew of actor Jack Albertson, was born as George Howe Ripley in Washington, D.C. His father was Harold Austin Ripley. After his parents' divorce, his mother remarried, to Ken Englund, whose surname young George adopted. Englund was married to actress Cloris Leachman from 1953–1979. They had five children: Adam, Bryan (died 1986), George, Jr., Morgan and Dinah.[1] His mother was Jewish.[2] On April 10, 1980 he married actress Bonnie Graves. They had two children: Graves and Max (died 1993). The couple divorced in 1992. For the last ten years of his life, his companion was Frances Bowes, art collector, patron and vice-chairlady at Dia Center for the Arts. [3]

He was best friends with Marlon Brando, who starred in Englund's 1963 film The Ugly American, and wrote a memoir about their friendship.[4][5]

Selected directorial filmographyEdit


Englund lived in Palm Springs, California starting in 1997.[6] He died at his home on September 14, 2017, at the age of 91 following a fall.[3]


  1. ^ George Englund at IMDb
  2. ^ Berkvist, Robert (May 2, 1973). "Jack Spreads A Little Sunshine". The New York Times.
  3. ^ a b "George Howe Englund Sr". Los Angeles Times. September 23, 2017 – via
  4. ^ "Cinema: Marlon Brando by George Englund". The Times. London. July 17, 2005. Retrieved December 16, 2010.
  5. ^ Englund, George (2004). The Way It's Never Been Done Before: My Friendship With Marlon Brando. New York: Harper Collins Publishers. ISBN 978-0060832865. Retrieved September 19, 2020.
  6. ^ Meeks, Eric G. (2014) [2012]. The Best Guide Ever to Palm Springs Celebrity Homes. Horatio Limburger Oglethorpe. p. 341. ISBN 978-1479328598.

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