Cultural depictions of George Washington

George Washington at Princeton,
by Charles Willson Peale, 1779

George Washington has inspired artistic and cultural works for more than two hundred years. The following lists cover various media to include items of historic interest, enduring works of high art, and recent representations in popular culture. The entries represent portrayals that a reader has a reasonable chance of encountering rather than a complete catalog. Lesser known works are not included.

For purposes of classification, popular culture music is a separate section from operas and oratorios. Television covers live action series, TV movies, miniseries, and North American animation but not Japanese anime, which appears with manga and graphic novels.

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Films

Date Title Country Notes IMDB
1909 Washington Under the American Flag USA early black and white silent film directed by J. Stuart Blackton, starring Joseph Kilgour as Washington [1]
1909 Washington Under the British Flag USA early black and white silent film directed by J. Stuart Blackton, starring Joseph Kilgour as Washington [2]
1915 The Battle Cry of Peace USA early black and white silent film directed by J. Stuart Blackton and Wilfrid North, Washington is portrayed by Joseph Kilgour [3]
1916 The Dawn of Freedom USA early black and white silent film directed by Theodore Marston and Paul Scardon, Washington is portrayed by Joseph Kilgour [4]
1917 The Spirit of '76 USA early black and white silent film directed by Frank Montgomery, Washington is portrayed by William Beery [5]
1924 America USA black and white silent film directed by D.W. Griffith, Washington is portrayed by Arthur Dewey [6]
1924 Alexander Hamilton USA black and white silent film directed by Kenneth S. Webb, Washington is portrayed by George Nash [7]
1924 Yorktown USA black and white silent film directed by Webster Campbell, Washington is portrayed by George Nash [8]
1927 The Flag: A Story Inspired by the Tradition of Betsy Ross USA color silent film directed by Arthur Maude, Washington is portrayed by Francis X. Bushman [9]
1933 The Road is Open Again USA short black and white film directed by Alfred E. Green, Washington is portrayed by Alan Dinehart [10]
1936 Give Me Liberty USA short film directed by B. Reeves Eason, Washington is portrayed by Robert Warwick [11]
1939 Sons of Liberty USA directed by Michael Curtiz, Washington is portrayed by Montagu Love [12]
1943 Don't You Believe It USA directed by Edward L. Cahn, Washington is portrayed by Walter Kingsford [13]
1946 Monsieur Beaucaire USA directed by George Marshall, Washington is portrayed by Douglass Dumbrille [14]
1957 The Unbearable Salesman USA directed by Paul J. Smith, starring Daws Butler as Young Washington, Washington's father, and Horace Greeley [15]
1959 John Paul Jones USA movie directed by John Farrow, Washington is portrayed by John Crawford [16]
1961 La Fayette France / Italy movie directed by Jean Dréville, Washington is portrayed by Howard St. John [17]
1976 Independence USA directed by John Huston, Washington is portrayed by Patrick O'Neal [18]
1976 The Spirit of Seventy Sex USA directed by Stu Segall, Washington is portrayed by Tyler Reynolds [19]
2000 The Patriot USA / Germany directed by Roland Emmerich, Washington is portrayed by Terry Layman [20]
2003 George Washington's First War: The Battles for Fort Duquesne USA directed by Robert Matzen, starring Robert Bryan C. Cunning as Washington [21]

Television

Date Title Country Notes IMDB
1952 Hallmark Hall of Fame The Plot to Kidnap George Washington USA Tod Griffin portrayed Washington. [22]
1955 You Are There Washington Crosses the Delaware (December 25, 1776) CBS USA Washington portrayed by Russ Conway. [23]

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1972 Bewitched George Washington Zapped Here (Parts 1 and 2) USA Washington was portrayed by Will Geer. [25] [26]
1998-2001 Histeria! USA Featured a caricature of Washington modelled after Bob Hope as an occasional guest host. [27]
1989 A Little Bit Strange USA/Canada [28]
2007 Masters of Horror "The Washingtonians" USA Washington is portrayed as a cannibal in a fictional account of alternate history.
2011 Deadliest Warrior USA In the third season premiere, Washington will battle Napoleon.

Television movies

Date Title Country Notes IMDB
1975 Valley Forge USA TV movie directed by Fielder Cook, starring Richard Basehart as Washington [29]
1976 The Patriots USA TV movie directed by Bob Hankal and Robert Strane, Washington is portrayed by Ralph Clanton [30]
1979 The Rebels USA TV movie directed by Russ Mayberry, Washington is portrayed by Peter Graves [31]
1992 1775 USA TV movie directed by David Trainer, Washington is portrayed by Adam West [32]
2000 The Crossing USA TV movie directed by Robert Harmonstarring, and starring Jeff Daniels as Washington. [33]
2002 Founding Brothers USA TV documentary with Brian Dennehy as the voice of Washington [34]
2003 Benedict Arnold: A Question of Honor USA TV movie directed by Mikael Salomon, Washington is portrayed by Kelsey Grammer [35]

Miniseries

Date Title Country Notes IMDB
1984 George Washington USA TV miniseries directed by Buzz Kulik, starring Barry Bostwick as Washington [36]
1986 George Washington II: The Forging of a Nation USA TV miniseries directed by William A. Graham, starring Barry Bostwick as Washington [37]
1997 LIBERTY! The American Revolution USA TV miniseries directed by Ellen Hovde and Muffie Meyer, starring Stephen Lang as the voice of Washington [38]
2000 Founding Fathers USA TV miniseries directed by Mark Hufnail and Melissa Jo Peltier with Brian Dennehy as the voice of Washington [39]
2000 The American President USA TV miniseries directed by Philip Kunhardt III, Philip Kunhardt Jr., Peter W. Kunhardt, and James A. Edgar with Walter Cronkite as the voice of Washington [40]
2006 Washington the Warrior USA TV miniseries directed by Robert M. Wise starring Jackson Bolt as Washington with young Washington being portrayed by Shea Patrick [41]
2006 The War That Made America USA TV miniseries directed by Ben Loeterman and Eric Stange starring Larry Nehring as Washington [42]
2008 John Adams USA 1999 Celebrity DeathMatch USA Faced-off against Abraham Lincoln TV miniseries directed by Tom Hooper starring David Morse as Washington [43]

Video games

Date Title Country Notes IMDB
1991 Bill & Ted's Excellent Video Game Adventure USA One of the historical figures that must be retrieved within the game.
1993 Day of the Tentacle USA A character that travels to the past meets George Washington, and among other things, "converts" a kumquat tree to a cherry tree for George to cut down [44]
2005 Age of Empires III USA George Washington is voiced by Daniel Riordan for the game [45]

See also


External links

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