Richard Deacon


About

Born
May 14, 1921

Biography

Born in Philadelphia, Richard Deacon was one of the most prominent character actors on television during the 1960s. After a long string of bit parts in movies and TV shows in the early '50s, many of which were uncredited, Deacon finally began to get substantial recurring roles, most notably on the short-lived Betty White sitcom "Date with the Angels" and the hit family comedy "Leave It t...

Biography

Born in Philadelphia, Richard Deacon was one of the most prominent character actors on television during the 1960s. After a long string of bit parts in movies and TV shows in the early '50s, many of which were uncredited, Deacon finally began to get substantial recurring roles, most notably on the short-lived Betty White sitcom "Date with the Angels" and the hit family comedy "Leave It to Beaver." The bald actor played the uptight Fred Rutherford on a number of episodes of "Leave It to Beaver," and, during this time, he also joined the cast of "The Dick Van Dyke Show," where he became famous as cranky boss Mel Cooley. Deacon also appeared on "The Phyllis Diller Show" and the sitcom "The Mothers-In-Law," and had an occasional role on "The Beverly Hillbillies" in '70, shortly before the series was cancelled. Deacon was a bit less prolific during the '70s, but still was featured in the B-movie classic "Piranha" and on episodes of "B.J. and the Bear." With more than 160 screen credits to his name, Deacon was never inactive for long, and, when he died of a heart attack in '84, he was still regularly appearing on television.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Wall of Light (1986)
Actor
The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood (1980)
Piranha (1978)
Getting Married (1978)
Wedding Director
Murder Can Hurt You! (1970)
The Narco Men (1969)
Lady in Cement (1968)
Arnie Sherwin
Blackbeard's Ghost (1968)
Dean Wheaton
The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band (1968)
Charlie Wrenn
Enter Laughing (1967)
Pike
The King's Pirate (1967)
Swaine
The Gnome-Mobile (1967)
Ralph Yarby
Don't Worry, We'll Think of a Title (1966)
Mr. Travis/police chief
Billie (1965)
Principal Wilson
John Goldfarb, Please Come Home! (1965)
Maginot
That Darn Cat (1965)
Drive-in manager
The Disorderly Orderly (1964)
Mr. Courtney
Dear Heart (1964)
Mr. Cruikshank
The Patsy (1964)
Sy Devore
The Raiders (1964)
Commissioner Mailer
Critic's Choice (1963)
Harvey Rittenhouse
Who's Minding the Store? (1963)
Tie salesman
The Birds (1963)
Man in elevator
Everything's Ducky (1961)
Dr. Deckham
North to Alaska (1960)
Desk clerk
The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker (1959)
Sheriff
The Young Philadelphians (1959)
George Archibald
It Started with a Kiss (1959)
Capt. Porter
A Summer Place (1959)
Pawnbroker
-30- (1959)
Chapman
The Last Hurrah (1958)
Club secretary
A Nice Little Bank That Should Be Robbed (1958)
Mr. Schroeder
The High Cost of Loving (1958)
Doctor
Spring Reunion (1957)
Sidney
Kiss Them for Me (1957)
Bill Hotchkiss
Decision at Sundown (1957)
Zaron
My Man Godfrey (1957)
Farnsworth
Affair in Reno (1957)
H. L. Denham
Designing Woman (1957)
Larry Musso
The Spirit of St. Louis (1957)
Levine
Carousel (1956)
Policeman
The Proud Ones (1956)
Barber
Hot Blood (1956)
Mr. Swift
Francis in the Haunted House (1956)
[Mr.] Jason
The Solid Gold Cadillac (1956)
Williams
The Kettles in the Ozarks (1956)
Big Trout
The Power and the Prize (1956)
Howard Carruthers
The Scarlet Hour (1956)
Mr. Elman, jeweler
When Gangland Strikes (1956)
Dixon Brackett
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
Dr. Harvey Bassett
Blackboard Jungle (1955)
Mr. Stanley
My Sister Eileen (1955)
George
Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955)
Semu
Good Morning, Miss Dove (1955)
Mr. Spivey
Prince of Players (1955)
Theater manager
Lay That Rifle Down (1955)
Glover Speckleton
Rogue Cop (1954)
Stacey
Private Hell 36 (1954)
Druggist
Cry Vengeance (1954)
Bartender
Désirée (1954)
Etienne Clary
Shield for Murder (1954)
"Professor"

Cast (Special)

No Man's Valley (1981)
Voice Of Nobody Panda
Steve Martin: Comedy Is Not Pretty (1980)
The $1000 Bill (1978)
Albert French
Honeymoon Suite (1972)
Brock Callahan (1959)
It's a Small World (1957)
Ward'S Boss

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

The Gossip Columnist (1980)

Life Events

Videos

Movie Clip

Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1956) - I Am Not Insane! Director Don Siegel’s perfectly efficient opening, Whit Bissell from the state mental hospital joins the ER doc Richard Deacon, who seems rightly concerned about Kevin McCarthy, as suburban GP Miles, who insists he’s not lost mind, from the original Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, 1956.
Critic's Choice (1963) - He's Murdering The Play Opening from director Don Weis, Marilyn Maxwell on the Broadway stage, then we meet principals, Bob Hope (as critic Parker) and wife Lucille Ball, encountering John Dehner and Evan McCord, then at the newsroom Jerome Cowan and Richard Deacon, in Critic’s Choice, 1963, from the play loosely based on the real-life couple Walter and Jean Kerr.
Desiree (1954) - Perhaps I'll Be Shot Napoleon Bonaparte (Marlon Brando) returns exonerated from a scandal within the French revolutionary army to Marseilles and sweetheart Jean Simmons (title character), whose brother and guardian (Richard Deacon) doesn't approve, in Desiree, 1954.
Desiree (1954) - She Is Without Guile First appearance for Marlon Brando as Napoleon Bonaparte, in Marseilles, 1794, with his brother (Cameron Mitchell) meeting the family (Richard Deacon, Isobel Elsom, Elizabeth Sellars) of precocious Jean Simmons (title character), early in Henry Koster's Desiree, 1954.
Enter Laughing (1967) - The World Wonders Why I Drink David (Reni Santoni) received by Pike (Richard Deacon) at the audition for down and out actor Marlowe (Jose Ferrer, his first scene), his daughter Angela (Elaine May) at least equally wacky, another candidate being director Carl Reiner's son Rob, in Enter Laughing, 1967.
My Sister Eileen (1955) - I'm Ruth Sherwood Writer Ruth from Ohio (Betty Garrett) meets New York editor Bob Baker (Jack Lemmon) who's leaving on vacation in director Richard Quine's My Sister Eileen, co-written by Blake Edwards.
Decision at Sundown - We Are Not Strangers Allison (Randolph Scott) reveals his intentions at gunpoint during the wedding of Kimbrough (John Carroll) and Lucy (Karen Steele) in a key scene from director Budd Boetticher's Decision at Sundown, 1957.

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