George Shannon, MSG, PhD, was an Instructional Associate Professor of Gerontology, holder of the Kevin Xu Chair in Gerontology and director of the Rongxiang Xu Regenerative Life Science Research Lab at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. He taught 14 different courses at the USC Leonard Davis School, published seven peer-reviewed papers that investigated innovative ways to provide long-term care services to under-served older adults living in the community, in nursing homes and in assisted living, lectured at meetings and conferences in China and the U.S. and authored or co-authored 15 grant proposals and final reports to funding organizations, such as the California Healthcare Foundation, Kaiser-Permanente and the Motion Picture & Television Foundation. In addition, he was an editor or reviewer for five top-rated Gerontology and Geriatrics Journals. Moreover, for 30 years he worked as an actor in Chicago, New York, Paris and Los Angeles, performing in theater, films and television. He studied with Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio in New York and Los Angeles and with Josephine Forsberg at Second City in Chicago.