Perfect in that he knew when his time on screen was over, and he faded into anonymity.
Until his death on June 13, few people had heard anything about George Winslow — sometimes billed as “Foghorn” because of his deep voice. And although he only made 12 films in his brief career a few of them are still worth watching.
Winslow was born George Wentzlaff in Los Angeles in 1946. His deep voice and his dead pan manner first attracted Art Linkletter always looking for bright kids for his radio program. Cary Grant heard the boy on radio and suggested him for a part in his comedy, 1952’s Room for One More (that’s George seated between Betsy Drake and Cary above).
George had a wonderful bit in Grant’s Howard Hawk‘s hit, Monkey Business.
Perhaps his best film is My Pal Gus, with Richard Widmark, Joanne Dru and Audrey Totter.He plays an unruly child, but only unruly because he’s trying to get his workaholic father’s attention.
But his most memorable role was as Henry Spofford the Third.
In case you don’t recall, the Spoffords owned a state, and not a small one either, “I think it’s Pennsylvania,” Lorilei Lee (Marilyn Monroe) tells her friend Dorothy Shaw (Jane Russell) in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Lorilei is trying to fix Dorothy up with her own millionaire.
But it’s Lorilei that Little Mr. Spofford prefers.
When she needs help (she’s stuck in a porthole while trying to get out of a stateroom) he decides to help, but only after he tells her why. He has two reasons.“The first is, I’m too young to be sent to jail. The second is, you’ve got a lot of animal magnetism.”
His delivery in his low, baritone voice cemented his place as one of the top child stars of the era.