George Riddle, a remarkable actor whose talent graced both the stage and the screen, has left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment. From his humble beginnings as a circus performer to his triumphant moments on Broadway, Riddle’s journey exemplified the pursuit of artistic excellence.
At the age of 86, George Riddle has passed away. His longtime friend Christie Wagner shared the news, revealing that Riddle succumbed to duodenal cancer on Friday in North Plainfield, New Jersey.
The Vibrant Journey of George Riddle
George Riddle, born on May 21, 1937, in Auburn, Indiana, transitioned from the circus to acting. He debuted at the Fred Miller Theatre in 1956 and appeared in the film “Simon” (1980). His final credit was in the series “Little Voice” (2020).
Riddle, a member of The Magic Castle, collected memorabilia and had a passion for cars and motorcycles, notably his 1941 Harley-Davidson. He lived with Christina, daughter of Joan Crawford and author of “Mommie Dearest,” for several years.
Remembering George Riddle: A Versatile Talent
George Riddle, renowned for his portrayal of Joad Cressbeckler in “The Onion News Network” and his success in “The Fantasticks,” had a remarkable 65-year career. He left a lasting impact through notable film appearances in “Arthur,” “The Innkeepers,” and “The Kitchen,” as well as memorable TV roles in “The Sopranos” and “Inside Amy Schumer.”
Riddle’s versatility shone through his portrayal of Civil War General George Crook in “The Trial of Standing Bear.”
On Broadway, he delivered standout performances as the Major General in “The Pirates of Penzance” revival and as Clem Rogers in “The Will Rogers Follies,” earning a Barrymore Award nomination. His contributions extended to other Broadway productions like “Anything Goes” and “Stage Door Charley.”
George Riddle will forever be remembered as an extraordinary talent who brought characters to life with depth and authenticity!