Don DeFore

Actor
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 ... Read more »
Born: 08/25/1913 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA

Filmography

Actor (15)

Jay Leno's Family Comedy Hour 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

NBC's 60th Anniversary Celebration 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

A Rare Breed 1980 (Movie)

Frank Nelson (Actor)

Black Beauty 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Hazel 1961 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet 1952 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

The Facts of Life 1960 (Movie)

Jack Weaver (Actor)

A Time to Love and a Time to Die 1958 (Movie)

Boettcher (Actor)

Battle Hymn 1957 (Movie)

Captain Skidmore (Actor)

Hollywood Opening Night 1950 - 1953 (TV Show)

Actor

Jack London's Tales of Adventure 1952 (Movie)

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She's Working Her Way Through College 1952 (Movie)

Shep Slade (Actor)

Silver Theater 1949 - 1950 (TV Show)

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It Happened on Fifth Avenue 1947 (Movie)

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Without Reservations 1946 (Movie)

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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.

EDUCATION

Pasadena Community School Theater

University of Iowa

Iowa City , Iowa

Milestones

1940

Film acting debut

1938

First Broadway role

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