Don Defore


Actor
Don Defore

About

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

Biography

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 pla...

Photos & Videos

Too Late for Tears - Lobby Cards
Too Late for Tears - Publicity Stills
Romance on the High Seas - Lobby Cards

Biography

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.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

A Rare Breed (1981)
Frank Nelson
The Facts of Life (1960)
Jack Weaver
A Time to Love and a Time to Die (1958)
[Herman] Boettcher
Battle Hymn (1957)
Captain [Dan] Skidmore
Jumping Jacks (1952)
Lt. Kelsey
She's Working Her Way Through College (1952)
Shep Slade
No Room for the Groom (1952)
Herman Strouple
A Girl in Every Port (1952)
Bert Sedgwick
And Now Tomorrow (1952)
The Guy Who Came Back (1951)
Gordon Towne
Southside 1-1000 (1950)
John Riggs
Dark City (1950)
Arthur Winant
Too Late For Tears (1949)
Don Blake
One Sunday Afternoon (1949)
Hugo Barnstead
My Friend Irma (1949)
Richard Rhinelander
Romance on the High Seas (1948)
Michael Kent
It Happened on 5th Avenue (1947)
Jim Bullock
Ramrod (1947)
Bill Schell
Without Reservations (1946)
[Lieutenant] Dink [Watson]
The Stork Club (1945)
Danny Wilton
You Came Along (1945)
Shakespeare, also known as Captain W. Anders
The Affairs of Susan (1945)
Mike Wardrobe
A Guy Named Joe (1944)
James J. Rourke
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)
Charles McClure
City Without Men (1943)
Mr. Peters
The Human Comedy (1943)
"Texas" Anthony
You Can't Escape Forever (1942)
Davis
The Male Animal (1942)
Wally Myers
Wings for the Eagle (1942)
Gil Borden
Right to the Heart (1942)
Tommy Sands
We Go Fast (1941)
Herman Huff
Freshman Year (1938)
Upper classman
Garden of the Moon (1938)
Buck Delanye, cowboy
Brother Rat (1938)
Catcher
Submarine D-1 (1937)
Sailor

Cast (Special)

Jay Leno's Family Comedy Hour (1987)
NBC's 60th Anniversary Celebration (1986)
Mystery and Mrs (1950)
Husband

Cast (Short)

Return from Nowhere (1944)
Men of the Sky (1942)
Winning Your Wings (1942)

Life Events

1938

First Broadway role

1941

Film acting debut

Photo Collections

Too Late for Tears - Lobby Cards
Too Late for Tears - Lobby Cards
Too Late for Tears - Publicity Stills
Too Late for Tears - Publicity Stills
Romance on the High Seas - Lobby Cards
Here are a few Lobby Cards from Romance on the High Seas (1948), starring Doris Day. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.

Videos

Movie Clip

Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944) - Twenty Four B-25's Opening scenes with Col. Doolittle (Spencer Tracy) and the B-25 piloted by Ted Lawson (who wrote the book, played by Van Johnson), crewmen Tim Murdock, Don DeFore, Gordon McDonald and Robert Walker, from Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, 1944.
Guy Named Joe, A - Twin Hooks, Rhode Island Monitoring in-training pilot Ted (Van Johnson) at a night-spot, deceased aviator Pete (Spencer Tracy) encourages him to approach Ellen (Esther Williams), who's worried about recruit Sanderson (Charles Smith), in A Guy Named Joe, 1944.
Facts Of Life, The (1960) - Just The Six Of Us After a prologue in which she narrated meeting with Bob Hope for a secret tryst, the title song and credits, then California housewife Lucille Ball further introduces Hope, Louis Nye the dentist, Philip Ober, Marianne Stewart, Ruth Hussey, and Don DeFore as her husband, in The Facts Of Life, 1960.
It Happened On Fifth Avenue - When The House Is Boarded Up Newly-evicted veteran Jim (Don DeFore) is discovered on a Manhattan park bench by vagrant McKeever (Victor Moore), who happens to be squatting in a mansion, in Roy Del Ruth's It Happened On Fifth Avenue, 1947.
Without Reservations - To Jack Benny Off the train in Chicago, "Kit" (Claudette Colbert) signs her book for Jack Benny, then chases down Rusty (John Wayne), whom she wants for the lead in the movie, and Dink (Don Defore), who still don't know she wrote the book, Erskine Sanford in the liquor store, in Without Reservations, 1946.
Without Reservations - He's Lana Turner Author Christopher "Kit" Madden (Claudette Colbert) joins her new Marine pals Rusty (John Wayne) and Dink (Don DeFore) in the dining car, them still not knowing she wrote the ubiquitous best-seller, about to be made into a movie, in Without Reservations, 1946.
It Happened On Fifth Avenue - Shed That Mink! Jim (Don DeFore) still doesn't know that he and McKeever (Victor Moore) are squatting in the home of a wealthy industrialist, when his daughter Mary (Ann Harding) arrives, in Roy Del Ruth's It Happened On Fifth Avenue, 1947.
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944) - We'll Have These Talks Col. Doolittle (Spencer Tracy) addressing pilots (including Van Johnson as "Ted," Robert Mitchum as "Bob") and crews (Don DeFore, Robert Walker) about their still-secret mission, in Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo 1944.
Male Animal, The - Five Hundred Dollar Kiss Scenes introducing professor Tommy (Henry Fonda), wife Ellen (Olivia de Havilland), her sister Patricia (Joan Leslie), and her boyfriend, halfback Wally (Don DeFore), in The Male Animal, 1942, directed by Elliott Nugent from the play he wrote with James Thurber.
Male Animal, The - He Went To Soviet Russia! Faculty wife Ellen (Olivia de Havilland) and husband Tommy (Henry Fonda) are hosting a homecoming weekend event for her one-time boyfriend, football hero Joe (Jack Carson), who's glad to see trustee Keller (Eugene Pallette), early in The Male Animal, 1942.
It Happened On Fifth Avenue - That's What Christmas Means... Harry Revel's That's What Christmas Means To Me is the vehicle for Mary (Ann Harding), Jim (Don DeFore), McKeever (Victor Moore), Mike (Charlie Ruggles) and Trudy (Gale Storm), squatting in a mansion when the cops arrive, in It Happened On Fifth Avenue, 1947.

Bibliography