Georges Metaxa

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Born11 September 1899
Bucharest, Romania
Died8 December 1950

Georges Radu Metaxa (11 September 1899 - 8 December 1950, occasionally anglicised to George Metaxa) was a Romania-born American singer, film & stage actor. He was known for his crooning high baritone voice and often portrayed genteel antagonists.

Life & Career

Metaxa was born in Bucharest, Romania to Nicholas Metaxa and Emilie Theophilatos.[1] He worked as a civil servant, becoming principle private secretary to the Romanian Ministry of Agriculture before emigrating to London in 1926 to pursue a career in musical comedy.[2]

He first began his showbusiness career recording songs, the first being the Romanian folk song Mandrulita in 1927.[3] After engaging with Charles B. Cochran, his first stage billing was in John Hastings Turner 1929 musical revue Wake Up and Dream (musical). Metaxa was then cast in Noel Coward operetta Bitter Sweet (operetta).[4] He continued to record songs in London until 1931, finishing with Roy Noble Goodnight Sweetheart (Ray Noble, Jimmy Campbell and Reg Connelly song) before moving to New York City with the Bitter Sweet touring company.[2]

His career in New York was slow to start, perhaps in part due to the saturation of similar male leads at the time. He nevertheless managed to find roles, his first film role being in Secrets of a Secretary in 1931. Metaxa was cast in the musical The Cat and the Fiddle (musical) and later the musical comedy Revenge with Music. He notably starred opposite Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire in 1936's Swing Time, playing Astaire's love rival, the band leader Ricky Romero.

He was married to Helene Valoary until their amicable divorce in July 1933, and they had one daughter. He then married 18 year old actress Margaret Stafford in September 1933.[5] In April of 1934, Metaxa and Stafford were involved in an automobile accident in Miami, which killed Margaret and gravely injured Metaxa.[6] He later married Byrnece Macfadden Muckerman (the daughter of American publisher and bodybuilder Bernarr Macfadden) in 1946.[7]

Towards the end of his life, Metaxa's health declined to such a point he had to turn down roles, notably the leading role in South Pacific (musical) that was being shown in London. Metaxa died suddenly of a heart attack 8 December 1950 at a hotel in Monroe, Louisiana, as he and his wife were on their way to their home in Beverley Hills after returning from a seven month long trip around Europe.[8]

Selected Performances


Year Title Role Soundtrack
1931 Secrets of a Secretary Frank D'Agnoll
1931 The House That Shadows Built Frank D'Agnoll Compilation film released by Paramount Pictures to commemorate the studio's 20th anniversary
1933 Kissing Time (Short film) Lieutenant Juan Segovia Performed on the tracks Let's Drink and All My Life I've Waited (For Someone Like You)
1936 Swing Time Ricky Romero Performed on the tracks The Way You Look Tonight and A Fine Romance
1936 Sheik to Sheik (Short film) Lieutenant Georges Performed on the tracks The Song of the Sand and What Makes the Night So Beautiful?
1940 The Doctor Takes a Wife Jean Rovere
1941 Paris Calling Waiter
1943 Background to Danger L.V. Bastaki (uncredited)
1943 Submarine Base Nazi Agent Anton Kroll
1943 Hi Diddle Diddle Tony Spinelli
1943 West Side Kid Dr. Kenton
1944 The Mask of Dimitrios Hans Werner
1945 Scotland Yard Investigator Henri


Year Title Role Notes
1929-1930 Bitter Sweet Carl Linden
1931-1932 The Cat and the Fiddle Victor Florescu 395 Performances
1933 Twenty-five Dollars an Hour Claude de Rozay
1934-1935 Revenge with Music Carlos 158 performances


  3. "George Metaxa – Ideale / Mandrulita (1927, Shellac)" – via
  4. Dietz, Dan (2018). The Complete Book of 1930s Broadway Musicals. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. p. 161. ISBN 9781538102770.
  5. "MARGARET STAFFORD TO MARRY WEDNESDAY; Will Become Bride of Georges Metaxa, the Actor, in Civil Ceremony at Greenwich". The New York Times. September 4, 1933.
  6. "The Evening Independent - Google News Archive Search".
  7. "Georges Metaxa". IMDb.
  8. "Obituary for actor Georges Metaxa, d. 8 Dec 1950, Monroe, Louisiana". The Monroe News-Star. December 11, 1950. p. 2 – via

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