The entertainment industry lost a wonderfully talented actor and singer with the recent passing of George Maharis, best known for his role as Buz Murdock on the hit 1960’s CBS Drama “Route 66”. As a talented artist in both singing and acting, Maharis enjoyed success throughout his career.
Maharis was forced to take a break from Route 66 due to contracting hepatitis midway through the third season. After being hospitalized for a month and missing several episodes, Maharis returned to the show but unfortunately had to leave soon after when he suffered a relapse. His departure from the show greatly affected its ratings and it was ultimately cancelled in March 1964.
Despite his brief stint on “Route 66”, it was not the only legacy Maharis left behind. He was also an accomplished singer and released a number of records later in his career. He scored some of his biggest successes with covers of “Highway of Love” and “Teach Me Tonight,” which reached number 25 on the Billboard charts.
In addition to making a name for himself in both film and music, Maharis was a great humanitarian. He spent much of his career raising money for a charity he founded called “Shared Pain.” The foundation aimed to provide support to those struggling with physical and mental illness.
George Maharis will be remembered by both the entertainment and humanitarian communities for his many accomplishments. He was a great performer and a driving force behind some of television’s most beloved shows and a passionate advocate for those suffering from illness. His legacy will never be forgotten.