Bert Lahr's former home in Beverly Hills is for sale

A Beverly Hills home originally built for

Bert Lahr,


who played the cowardly lion on

"The Wizard of Oz,"

is on the market at $28.5 million.

Designed by Paul R. Williams in 1941, the gated estate sits on 1.3 park-like acres. The 12,000-square-foot main house includes a media room with wet bar, a wine cellar and tasting room, six bedrooms, seven bathrooms and three half-baths. A 3,000-square-foot secondary house, with its own driveway, has two bedrooms and 21/2 bathrooms. A third building contains a two-lane bowling alley, game room, bar and half-bath.

Among other celebrities who have called the compound home were actress

Betty Grable

, band leader

Harry James

and actress

Melanie Griffith


Lahr, who died in 1967 at 72, was an actor and a comedian. He won a Tony for his role in the musical "Foxy" in 1964.

Joe Babajian and Michelle Ficarra of Rodeo Realty, Beverly Hills, are the listing agents.