George Sanders (July 3, 1906 - April 25, 1972) was a Russian-born English film actor who voiced Shere Khan in The Jungle Book and played the villainous gun salesman from In Search of the Castaways, Thomas Ayerton. He got the role through Walt Disney himself as he was a good friend of Walt's and after Walt saw him in the drawings of Shere Khan by animator Ken Anderson. Sanders is the brother of actor Tom Conway who voiced the narrator in Peter Pan and both the Collie and the quizmaster in One Hundred and One Dalmatians. Sanders was famous for playing roles in movies such as Call Me Madam (1953), and The Scarlet Coat (1955). Sanders was often called an aristocratic cad because he was a Russian aristocrat.
Sanders was married four times to
- Susan Larson 1940-1949 (divorced)
- Zsa Zsa Gabor 1949-1954 (divorced)
- Benita Hume 1959-1967 (her death)
- Magda Gabor 1970-1971 (divorced) (sister of his second wife Zsa Zsa Gabor)
On April 25th, 1972 Sanders died in a hotel room from suicide after taking sleeping pills on April 23 and leaving a note saying: "Dear World, I am leaving because I am bored. I feel I have lived long enough. I am leaving you with your worries in this sweet cesspool. Good luck."