George Bruggeman (George Bruggeman)

George Bruggeman

Actor. Known for athletic and strong-man roles in Hollywood movies, one of his earliest screen appearances was in Paramount’s 1928 silent film “Manhattan Cocktail” starring Nancy Carroll and Richard Arlen. During this time he was also a lifeguard at the Bel Air Bay Club (a private beach club for the wealthy,  located just north of Santa Monica).  His other work included such films as: “I’m No Angel” in 1933,  starring Mae West and Cary Grant (in which he had a part, “Osmes”,  listed in the credits,  although the part was apparently cut out of the later video reproduction), “I Loved You Wednesday” (1933,  starring Victor Jory,  Baxter and Landi),  “Two Years Before the Mast”,  “Ivanhoe”,  “Robin Hood”, “Spartacus”,  and the Tarzan movies when Johnny Weismuller played Tarzan.  George doubled for Weismuller,  including the scenes where Tarzan is seen swinging on vines through the trees (these scenes were filmed at Baldwin Park, and the ”vines” were rigged on pullies.  He injured his back during a location shooting of one of the early Weismuller Tarzan movies, when he tried to save some dwarfs that were being attacked by an elephant that had run amok. Most of the dwarfs survived,  although one was killed,  and George was left with a back condition that bothered him for the rest of his life.  The elephant had lifted him up with his trunk and thrown him to the ground,  as it had done with the dwarfs.   He also did the scene for the Cowardly Lion in “The Wizard of Oz”, where the Lion runs down the corridor and flies through the window in an effort to escape the wrath of the Wizard.  Family links:  Spouse:  Emily Priscilla Mills Bruggeman (1905 – 1995)*  Children:  George Bruggeman (1935 – 2003)* *Calculated relationship


  • November, 01, 1904
  • Belgium


  • June, 06, 1967
  • USA


  • Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills)
  • California
  • USA

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