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      Don DeFore

      Don DeFore

      Highest Rated: 100% Too Late for Tears (1949)

      Lowest Rated: 67% A Guy Named Joe (1943)

      Birthday: Aug 25, 1913

      Birthplace: Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA

      Generally cast as the good-natured, friendly-neighbor type, character actor Don DeFore is best remembered for his television appearances of the '50s and '60s in "The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet" and "Hazel." DeFore took to the stage early, in church plays led by his mother, and he later studied drama at the Pasadena Playhouse. Starting in the late '30s he appeared in both films and plays, including a run on Broadway in "The Male Animal," and reprising his role in the subsequent filmed version. Further film parts followed, including a GI with noble dreams in the 1947 postwar romantic comedy "It Happened on Fifth Avenue." He gained greater visibility with the recurring character of friendly neighbor "Thorny" in the popular family comedy "The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet." In the early '60s, he landed another choice spot in a well-loved series, as the supposed master of the house on "Hazel," with Shirley Booth as the housekeeper of the title. He continued acting until 1987, with a final appearance in an episode of "St. Elsewhere." Off-screen, DeFore acted in radio plays, served a one-year term as President of the National Academy of Arts & Sciences, and was instrumental in organizing the first televised broadcast of the Emmy Awards in '55. He also has the rare distinction of opening the only independent restaurant in Disneyland, Silver Banjo Barbecue.

      Highest rated movies

      Too Late for Tears
      Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo
      Romance on the High Seas
      A Time to Love and a Time to Die
      A Guy Named Joe

      Photos

      WITHOUT RESERVATIONS, Don DeFore, 1946 THE FACTS OF LIFE, Don DeFore, 1960 THE AFFAIRS OF SUSAN, Don DeFore, Joan Fontaine, 1945 THE AFFAIRS OF SUSAN, Walter Abel, Dennis O'Keefe, Joan Fontaine, George Brent, Don DeFore, 1945 WITHOUT RESERVATIONS, from left: John Wayne, Claudette Colbert, Don DeFore, 1946 TOO LATE FOR TEARS, Don DeFore, Lizabeth Scott, 1949 YOU CAME ALONG, (top to bottom) Charles Drake, Don DeFore, Robert Cummings, Lizabeth Scott, 1945 THE GUY WHO CAME BACK, Don DeFore, 1951, TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century-Fox Film Corp. All Rights Reserved NO ROOM FOR THE GROOM, Tony Curtis, Piper Laurie, Don DeFore, 1952 ONE SUNDAY AFTERNOON, Dorothy Malone, Don DeFore, 1948 THIRTY SECONDS OVER TOKYO, Spencer Tracy, Robert Walker, Don DeFore, 1944 YOU CAME ALONG, Charles Drake, Lizabeth Scott, Robert Cummings, Don DeFore, 1945. Script by Ayn Rand ONE SUNDAY AFTERNOON, Don DeFore, Dennis Morgan, Janis Paige, Dorothy Malone, 1948 NO ROOM FOR THE GROOM, Don DeFore, Spring Byington (front), Piper Laurie, Tony Curtis (back), 1952 NO ROOM FOR THE GROOM, from left: Don DeFore, Piper Laurie, Don DeFore, 1952 THIRTY SECONDS OVER TOKYO, Don DeFore, Van Johnson, Robert Walker, 1944 THE AFFAIRS OF SUSAN, Don DeFore, Joan Fontaine, George Brent, 1945 WITHOUT RESERVATIONS, from left: Don DeFore, John Wayne, 1946 YOU CAME ALONG, Lizabeth Scott, Charles Drake, Don DeFore, Robert Cummings, 1945 YOU CAME ALONG, Charles Drake, Robert Cummings, Lizabeth Scott, Don DeFore, 1945

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 61% The Facts of Life Jack Weaver (Character) - 1960
      80% 75% A Time to Love and a Time to Die Hermann Boettcher (Character) - 1958
      No Score Yet 22% Battle Hymn Capt. Dan Skidmore (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales of Adventure Unknown (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet 54% Jumping Jacks Lt. Kelsey (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet No Room for the Groom Herman Strouple (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet 50% She's Working Her Way Through College Shep Slade (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet 11% A Girl in Every Port Bert Sedgwick (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Southside 1-1000 John Riggs/Nick Starnes (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet 65% My Friend Irma Richard Rhinelander (Character) - 1949
      100% 65% Too Late for Tears Don Blake (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Killer Bait Don Blake (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet No Score Yet One Sunday Afternoon Hugo Barnstead (Character) - 1948
      88% 64% Romance on the High Seas Michael Kent (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet 50% Ramrod Bill Schell (Character) - 1947
      No Score Yet 80% It Happened on 5th Avenue Jim Bullock (Character) - 1947
      No Score Yet 54% Without Reservations Dink (Character) - 1946
      No Score Yet 59% The Stork Club Sgt. Danny Wilton (Character) - 1945
      No Score Yet No Score Yet You Came Along Captain W. Anders (Character) - 1945
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Affairs of Susan Mike Ward (Character) - 1945
      100% 75% Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo Charles McClure (Character) - 1944
      67% 73% A Guy Named Joe James J. Rourke (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet No Score Yet You Can't Escape Forever Davis (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet 58% The Male Animal Wally Myers (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wings for the Eagle Gil Borden (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Men of the Sky Cadet Dick Mathews (Character) - 1942

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 89% Murder, She Wrote Jake Sanford (Guest Star) 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1978-1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Virginian Mayor Evans (Guest Star) 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mannix Ted Hackett (Guest Star) 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mod Squad George Anders (Guest Star) 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet My Three Sons Unknown (Guest Star) 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet I've Got a Secret Guest 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hazel Unknown (Character) 1961-1965
      No Score Yet 85% Alfred Hitchcock Presents Arthur Clark (Character) 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Showcase 39 Unknown (Character) 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet Unknown (Guest Star) 1952