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George Robert Lazenby was born on the 5th September 1939, in Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia, and is an actor and former model, best known to the world for portraying the British Secret Service agent James Bond in the film “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” (1969), then as Franco Serpieri in the film “Who Saw Her Die?” (1972), and in the film “Gettysburg” (1993), as Brig. Gen. J. Johnston Pettigrew, among other differing roles.
Have you ever wondered how rich George Lazenby is, as of early 2017? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Lazenby’s net worth is as high as $100 million. Only a part of this has been earned through his career as an actor, since he has ventured into real estate and other investments, acquiring property in Hawaii, Australia, a ranch estate in Valyermo, California, and also in Maryland and Hong Kong.
George Lazenby Net Worth $100 Million
George is the son of railway worker George Edward Lazenby and Sheila Joan Lazenby, who was a worker at Fosseys. George attended Goulburn Public School and then Goulburn High, but only until he was 14 years old, since he and his family moved to Queanbeyan, where he continued his education. He started working as a car salesman and mechanic, and then joined the Australian Army.
Once he was back, he fell in love with a woman who then moved to London. George made the same move and found a job as a used car salesman in Finchley, but was soon selling new cars in Park Lane, where he was spotted by a talent scout, who gave him the chance of becoming a model which George accepted, and was soon earning $25,000 per year. Some of his most notable commercials included for Big Fry Chocolate. For three years in London, George was voted as Top Model of the Year.
George was sought for the role of James Bond by none other than Albert R. Broccoli, who met him while both were at the hairdresser’s. George agreed to audition, and soon he was the next James Bond, after Sean Connery decided to leave the Bond franchise. This collaboration resulted in the film “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”, which earned George a Golden Globe Award- nomination in the category Most Promising Newcomer. He wanted to stay for another Bond film, however he left because his ideas on the set and for the whole film were ignored by producer and director.
George then received numerous offers, and in 1972 starred in the films “Universal Soldier” and “Who Saw Her Die?”, then moved to Hong Kong, and appeared in three films for the Golden Harvest film production company. He was also scheduled to appeared next to Bruce Lee in the film “Game of Death”, however, Lee passed away and the project was left incomplete.
His next career move was return to Australia, where he tried to influence the Australian film industry but with no luck, only featuring in a couple of television films, “Is There Anybody There?” (1975), and “The Newman Shame” (1978). Struggling to make his way as an actor, George returned to commercials, and shot the advertisement for Benson and Hedges cigarettes.
George then left for Hollywood, and in 1978 made an appearance in the film “Evening in Byzantium” next to Glenn Ford, Eddie Albert and Vince Edwards. The following year he featured in the BAFTA- nominated film “Saint Jack”, which also increased his net worth. The ‘80s weren’t too good for George since he only had brief roles in such TV series as “Bring ‘Em Back Alive” (1983), “Rituals” (1984), and “Freddy’s Nightmares” (1989), while also appearing in the film “The Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Fifteen Years Later Affair” in 1983, as J.B, a spoof character of the famous fiction secret agent he once portrayed.
In the ‘90s George was back on track, with the role of Mario in the television film series about Emmanuelle, which consists of seven installments all in 1993 starring Marcela Walerstein. The same year he had a role in the war drama “Gettysburg”, with Tom Berenger in the lead role, and in 1996 featured in “Fox Hunt”. Before the ‘90s ended he starred in the film “Star of Jaipur” (1998).
He has stayed active as an actor until the present day, however, his roles are few and unworthy of mentioning, except in the film “A Winter Rose” (2016), and he is currently filming “The Order”, which is scheduled for release late in 2017.
Regarding his personal life, George has been married twice, firstly to Christina Garnett from 1971 until divorcing in 1995; they had two children, however, one of them died at 19 years old. In 2002 he married former tennis player Pam Shriver, and they had three children, before Pam filed for divorce in 2008.