This Day in Jewish History The Damaged Man Who Would Play the Damaged Cowardly Lion Is Born

Bert Lahr, bemoaning his lot after the smash success of Wizard of Oz: 'I was typecast as a lion, and there aren't all that many parts for lions'

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August 13, 1895, is the birthday of Bert Lahr, who achieved cinematic immortality with his depiction of the Cowardly Lion in the 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz.”