Hamilton began his film career in 1952. Although he has a substantial body of work in film and television, he is perhaps most famous for his debonair style and, specifically, his perfect and perpetual suntan.
With his matinee-idol looks, it was sometimes noted that he physically resembled Warren Beatty; Beatty's political satire Bulworth contained a running gag about this, with Hamilton appearing as himself in a brief cameo.
One of his most well-known MGM films was 1960's Where the Boys Are, a coming-of-age romantic comedy set during a college-student spring break in the Fort Lauderdale area of Florida in which Hamilton played a smooth Ivy League type. Hamilton received a Golden Globe award in 1960 as Most Promising Newcomer (Male).
He went on to a starring role along with George Peppard as a soldier in 1963's The Victors, a World War II story, and as a Confederate captain who kidnaps the wife of a Union officer (Glenn Ford) in a 1967 drama, A Time for Killing.
Hamilton made two memorable bio-pics: Your **in' Heart (1964), in which he portrayed the country-western music legend Hank Williams, followed by Evel Knievel (1971), the life story of the motorcycle daredevil.
A surprise blockbuster hit came his way in 1979 when Hamilton showed an unforeseen flair for comedy. Love at First Bite was the story of vampire Count Dracula's pursuit of a young Manhattan socialite, played by Susan Saint James. It included such funny scenes as Dracula and his conquest dancing to "I Love the Night Life" at a disco.
That film's box-office success created a popularity surge for Hamilton, who followed it with a comic portrayal of a famed swordsman in 1981's Zorro, the Gay Blade. He was nominated for Golden Globe awards for both Love at First Bite and Zorro.
Film leads dried up quickly, however. In the mid-1980s, Hamilton starred in the sixth season of the ABC Aaron Spelling-produced nighttime television serial Dynasty. Having once played a doctor who uses hypnosis to commit a murder on a 1975 episode of Columbo, Hamilton returned for a second homicide on that long-running Peter Falk detective series in 1991, this time playing the host of an America's Most Wanted-style television show. He later became a semi-regular panelist on the 1998 revival of Match Game.
A big movie break for Hamilton came in 1990 when Francis Coppola cast him as the Corleone family's lawyer in a much-anticipated film, The Godfather, Part III.
In 2003, he hosted The Family, a reality television series on ABC spanning one season in 2003. It starred ten members from a traditional Italian-American family, each fighting for a $1,000,000 prize.
In 2006, he competed in the second season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars and lasted until the sixth round before being voted off. At age 66 and recovering from knee injuries, Hamilton, unable to match the limber dance moves of his younger competitors, charmed the audience and judges with endearingly silly dances utilizing props including a Zorro mask and sword from Zorro, The Gay Blade.
Also in 2006, it was rumored Hamilton would replace Bob Barker on The Price Is Right. He did an audition and in March 2007, TMZ reported that Hamilton was a frontrunner to replace Barker. According to Reuters, Hamilton was one of the final three contenders to host the show, alongside Mark Steines and Todd Newton. Soon thereafter, however, Drew Carey was named as Barker's successor. Subsequently, Hamilton has hosted the live stage adaptation of the show, The Price Is Right Live!.
In August of 2008, Hamilton co-starred in Coma, a web series on Crackle.
In 2009, the film My One and Only is a dramatization of his earlier life.
In Autumn 2009, he will be appearing on the British version of I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!, being filmed in Australia.  Personal life
In 1966, Hamilton had a relationship with Lynda Bird Johnson, the daughter of the President of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson.
Hamilton was married to actress Alana Stewart from 1972 to 1975. Their son, Ashley Hamilton, was born in 1974. George Thomas Hamilton is his younger son (born in January 2000) with Kimberly Blackford.
The divorced Hamiltons reunited in the mid-'90s to co-host a daytime talk show, George & Alana.
Associated forever with his suntan, Hamilton in the late 1980s launched a line of skin-care products and tanning salons. A cigar lounge bearing his name was opened in the 1990s at the New York, New York hotel in Las Vegas, along with a line of cigars bearing the actor's name. A January 1998 article in Cigar Aficionado magazine described Hamilton's style as "Cary Grant meets Pat Riley."
In April 2006, Hamilton served as Grand Marshal for the 79th Annual Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester, Virginia.  Filmography
* Lone Star (1952) * Crime & Punishment, USA (1959) * Home from the Hill (1960) * All the Fine Young Cannibals (1960) * Where the Boys Are (1960) * Angel Baby (1961) * By Love Possessed (1961) * A Thunder of Drums (1961) * The Light in the Piazza (1962) * Two Weeks in Another Town (1962) * The Victors (1963) * Act One (1963) * Looking for Love (1964) (Cameo) * Your **in' Heart (1964) * Viva Maria! (1965) * That Man George (1966) * A Time for Killing (1967) * Jack of Diamonds (1967) * The Power (1968) * Togetherness (1970) * Elvis: That's the Way It Is (1970) (documentary) * Evel Knievel (1971) * Medusa (1973) * The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing (1973) * Columbo (1975, 1991 TV series) * Jacqueline Susann's Once Is Not Enough (1975)
* The Happy Hooker Goes to Washington (1977) * Sextette (1978) * From Hell to Victory (1979) * Love at First Bite (1979) * Zorro, The Gay Blade (1981) * Malibu (1983) * The Godfather Part III (1990) * Doc Hollywood (1991) * Once Upon a Crime (1992) * Amore! (1993) * Double Dragon (1994) * Vanished (1995 TV movie) * Casper Meets Wendy (1995 TV movie) * Playback (1996) * Meet Wally Sparks (1997) * 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag (1997) * The Little Unicorn (1998) * She's Too Tall (1998) * Bulworth (1998) (Cameo) * Casper Meets Wendy (1998) * Pets (1999) * Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles (2001) (Cameo) * Off Key (2001) * Reflections of Evil (2002) * Hollywood Ending (2002) * The L.A. Riot Spectacular (2005) * Rumor Has It... (2005) (Cameo)
* Life's Little Pleasures (co-authored with Alysse Minkoff) (1998) * Don't Mind If I Do (co-authored with William Stadiem) (2008)
Hamilton began his film career in 1952. Although he has a substantial body of work in film and television, he is perhaps most famous for his debonair style and, specifically, his perfect and perpetual suntan.With his matinee-idol looks, it was someti