Beloved Actor George Maharis Dies at 94 After 60-Year Battle With Hepatitis

George Maharis, best known for his role as Buz Murdock on the hit TV series Route 66, passed away on May 24 – though early reports suggested he died on May 25 – after a 60-year battle with hepatitis. He was never married and never had any children, but he is survived by his brother and sister.

“George Maharis passed away on Wednesday, May 25. George is well known for his stardom in route 66, stage productions, singing, artist, and above all a great guy would do anything for anyone. My dear friend, you’ll be terribly missed,” Marc Bahan – Maharis’ longtime friend and caretaker – wrote on Facebook.