George Cleveland as George "Gramps" Miller in the early seasons of Lassie
George Alan Cleveland|
September 17, 1885
Sydney, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada
July 15, 1957 (aged 71)|
Burbank, California, U.S.
Helen Cleveland (1905-?)|
Victory Bateman (1910-19?) (her death)
Dorothy Melleck (1955-1957) (his death)
Cleveland is perhaps best remembered today as George "Gramps" Miller in the early years of the long running US series Lassie. 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 farm woman 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.