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It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
 Who was considered for It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World?

George Burns
George Burns reportedly turned down a role.

Judy Garland
Director Stanley Kramer wanted Garland to play the shrewish wife of Ernie Kovacs. Kovacs was tragically killed in a car crash and, when he was replaced by another star, the idea of casting Garland made less sense.
Actor who got the part: Ethel Merman

Bob Hope
Bob Hope reportedly turned down a role.

Buster Keaton
Originally, Buster Keaton had the role of Smiler Gorgan. When the role was reassigned to Jimmy Durante, they gave him a different role.
Actor who got the part: Jimmy Durante

Ernie Kovacs
Kovacs was set to play "Melville Crump," but was killed in an automobile accident.
Actor who got the part: Sid Caesar

Stan Laurel
Laurel was offered to appear, but declined, because he felt he couldn't work without his deceased partner, Oliver Hardy.

Groucho Marx
Ethel Merman's role was originally going to be a "father-in-law," and Groucho Marx was a choice to play it.
Actor who got the part: Ethel Merman

Jackie Mason
Jackie Mason reportedly turned down a role.

Don Rickles
Don Rickles reportedly really wanted a role, but was never offered one. Whenever Stanley Kramer came to one of his shows, Don would always give him trouble about it.

Red Skelton
Red Skelton reportedly turned down a role.

Ed Wynn
Ed Wynn was supposed to play the fire chief at the end of the movie.



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