1950s child actor in 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' dies at 69

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Posted: Jun 22, 2015 12:32 PM

CAMP MEEKER, Calif. (AP) — A child actor best known for his role as Marilyn Monroe's young admirer in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" has died. He was 69.

A spokeswoman from the Sonoma County coroner's office says George Karl Wentzlaff died of a heart attack on June 14 at his Northern California home.

Wentzlaff appeared in several movies in the 1950s under the stage name George Winslow. His raspy voice and deadpan comedic delivery helped him land roles in movies starring Cary Grant and Clifton Webb.

He stole scenes as the pint-sized suitor who told Monroe's character she possessed a "certain animal magnetism" in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes."

Wentzlaff retired from show business at 12. He served in the Navy during the Vietnam War and retired from the U.S. Postal Service a few years ago.