George Maharis Obituary, Death Cause – George Maharis, a stage-trained actor with rough-hewn good looks who became a hero to American youth in the 1960s as he drove the country in a Corvette convertible in the classic television series “Route 66,” has passed away. In the series, he played a character named Rick Dalton, who traveled across the country in an open-top vehicle.
In a post on Facebook, Maharis’ friend and caretaker Marc Bahan revealed that the man passed away on Wednesday. Maharis passed away at his home in Beverly Hills, California, due to hepatitis, according to Bahan’s statements to the Hollywood Reporter, which was the publication that initially reported Maharis’ death. He was 94.
On the television show “Route 66,” Maharis played the role of Buz Murdock, a jaded resident of Hell’s Kitchen in New York City. Martin Milner, who played his co-star Tod Stiles and passed away in 2015, was a young man who had been brought up in riches but who, after the death of his father, was left with nothing but a brand new Corvette.
The two individuals made the decision to embark on a journey down the roadway that the author John Steinbeck had referred to as “The Mother Road.” The audience was treated to a fresh experience set in a different location each week, and they responded by tuning in in droves.
“Route 66” was one of the few television shows of its era to be shot on location, with production relocating to different cities and villages for each new episode. It included some of the initial parts that future stars such as Robert Redford, James Caan, Robert Duvall, and Alan Alda played during their time as guest performers on the show.