Born in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Cleveland is perhaps best remembered today as George Gramps Miller in the early years of the long running US series Lassie (1954 – 1973). The popular TV show underwent cast & character changes over the years, and the early seasons in which Cleveland appeared were retitled Jeff's Collie for syndicated reruns and DVD release. He played the grumpy but kind hearted father in law of farmwoman Ellen Miller (Jan Clayton), and grandfather of Lassie's owner, Jeff (Tommy Rettig). Cleveland appeared in the first three seasons (1954 – 1956) and in the first 12 episodes of the fourth season (1957). His death in July 1957 was written into the 13th episode of the fourth season (1957) and became the storyline motive for the selling of the farm and the departure of the Millers for Capitol City.
Cleveland died in Burbank, California at age 71 from a heart attack.
George Cleveland Facts
|Birthday||September 17, 1885|
|Birthplace||Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada|
|Date of death||July 15, 1957 (Burbank, California, USA, age 71)|