George Maharis is best known from his role as “Buz Murdock” on the 1960s TV series Route 66. Born George Maharias in Astoria, New York, he was one of seven children of Greek immigrant parents. His father owned a restaurant, but Maharis chose acting over being a restaurateur. After studying acting in New York at Actor’s Studio, he appeared off-Broadway in Deathwatch and The Zoo Story. After making a number of appearances on the TV series Naked City, Maharis was cast opposite Martin Milner as two young guys searching for adventure in their Corvette on Route 66. The show was a hit and made Maharis a TV heartthrob. Maharis, who had sung since boyhood, went into the studio and recorded seven albums beginning with 1962’s George Maharis Sings!. After the 1963 season, Maharis left Route 66, allegedly due to artistic differences and a bout of hepatitis. He headed into the movies, starring in films such as The Satan Bug and The Happening. When his film career failed to take-off, Maharis landed in the 1970 TV series The Most Deadly Game. After the end of the short-lived series, Maharis has made several TV movies, and appeared in the 1993 film Doppleganger.