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Also Known As: Don Deforest Died: December 22, 1993
Born: August 25, 1913 Cause of Death: Cardiac arrest
Birth Place: Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA Profession: actor

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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...

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Rare Breed, A (1981) Frank Nelson
2.
 The Facts of Life (1960) Jack Weaver
3.
 A Time to Love and a Time to Die (1958) [Herman] Boettcher
4.
 Battle Hymn (1957) Captain [Dan] Skidmore
5.
 And Now Tomorrow (1952)
6.
 A Girl in Every Port (1952) Bert Sedgwick
7.
 No Room for the Groom (1952) Herman Strouple
8.
9.
 Jumping Jacks (1952) Lt. Kelsey
10.
 The Guy Who Came Back (1951) Gordon Towne
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Milestones close milestones

1941:
Film acting debut
1938:
First Broadway role

Education

University of Iowa: Iowa City, Iowa -
Pasadena Community School Theater: -

Contributions

bergy7 ( 2007-09-04 )

Source: wikipedia

Played Shirley Booth's boss - George Baxter, or "Mr. B" - on the 1960's TV sitcom "Hazel" (1961-1965).

albatros1 ( 2007-09-14 )

Source: Wikipedia the internet encyclopedia

Donald John DeFore (August 25, 1913 - December 22, 1993) was born, according to Leslie Halliwell's Filmgoer's Companion, in 1917 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He was an American actor who played "the regular guy" and "the good, ol' boy next door" in many films in the 1940s and 1950s. DeFore's film appearances include: Thirty Seconds over Tokyo (1944), opposite Spencer Tracy and Van Johnson, The Affairs of Susan (1945), Dark City (1950), Battle Hymn (1957), and The Facts of Life (1960), opposite Bob Hope and Lucille Ball. DeFore is best known for his television work. First in the 50s, DeFore made regular appearances as recurring character "Thorny Thornberry" on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. Then in the 1960s DeFore appeared on Hazel, as "Mr. B," co-starring with Shirley Booth, who played the title role. The series ran on primetime from 1961 until 1966. DeFore and his wife were longtime residents of the Mandeville Canyon section of Brentwood. They had five children. Don DeFore died in 1993, aged 80, and was interred in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles.

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