George Maharis, Star of ‘Route 66,’ Dies at 94


He had to leave the popular 1960s CBS series after coming down with hepatitis.

by Mike Barnes, Duane Byrge

The Hollywood Reporter

May 28, 2023

George Maharis

George Maharis, who starred as the brooding Buz Murdock on Route 66 before he quit the acclaimed 1960s CBS drama after contracting hepatitis, has died. He was 94.

Maharis died Wednesday at his home in Beverly Hills, his longtime friend and caregiver Marc Bahan told The Hollywood Reporter.

Route 66, created by Stirling Silliphant and Herbert B. Leonard, featured the Hell’s Kitchen native Murdock and Martin Milner‘s Yale dropout Tod Stiles touring the highways of America in Tod’s Chevrolet Corvette, encountering adventure along the way.

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