George Dunning

born: 31 July 1918
Boulder, Colorado,
United States of America
died: 03 February 1944
Broward County, Florida,
United States of America
(plane crash, age 25)

American child actor. George's Dad was a foreman for a heavy equipment machinery manufacturer. He worked as a laborer at a gold mine in Calavaras County, CA where his Dad was foreman. By October 1940, George was working at the General Motors Automotive plant near Los Angeles.
In February of 1944, he was an enlisted man in the US Navy as an Aviation Machinist's Mate 2nd Class at the Ft. Lauderdale Naval Air Station. With 8 others, he took off on a routine training flight. Two boats witnessed the plane crashing into the Atlantic, 7 miles east of Miami, from a high altitude and quickly reached the site but recovered only debris. A two-day search recovered no bodies. A further newspaper search doesn't mention any bodies recovered later and records for George do not show up at the 2 major on-line grave websites and military BIRLS site.
The "LA Times" (12 Feb 1944 p.18) blurb about his death says that he had "worked in motion pictures".
Real name: George Kessler Dunning
Height: 5'10" (adult)
Films listed on this page: complete Hal Roach filmography.


Noisy Noises

Acknowledgements & sources:
Watson Family Photographic Archive (header image from "Taxi 13", 1928) (1940 Census CA working gold mine with Dad
(1940 Oct WWII Draft: birth 31 July 1918, Boulder, CO: adult ht. 5'10" (1944 Feb:Plane crash described (1944 Feb: worked in movies (1944 Feb: FL Broward Death Record
Jim Jarvis (research and information)

This page was last updated on: 11 July 2019