Don Diamond

Of Russian ancestry, formally trained actor Don Diamond used his ear for accents to accurately mimic the local dialects he heard while stationed in New Mexico during World War II. Upon his return to civilian life ... Read more »
Born: 06/03/1921 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (21)

The Thirteenth Annual Circus of the Stars 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Second Edition 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tarzan/Lone Ranger/Zorro Adventure Hour 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Voice

Herbie Goes Bananas 1980 (Movie)

2nd Local (Actor)

The Toolbox Murders 1977 (Movie)

Sergeant Cameron (Actor)

Shell Game 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Breezy 1973 (Movie)

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Mrs. Pollifax - Spy 1971 (Movie)

DeGomez--Book Shop Proprietor (Actor)

The Flying Nun 1967 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

Viva Max! 1969 (Movie)

Hernandez (Actor)

How Sweet It Is 1968 (Movie)

Bartender (Actor)

F Troop 1965 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

Irma la Douce 1963 (Movie)

Man with Samples (Actor)

The Story of Ruth 1960 (Movie)

Yomar (Actor)

Zorro 1957 - 1959 (TV Show)

Actor

Devlin (TV Show)

Voice

Hawkins on Murder (TV Show)

Actor

How to Steal an Airplane (TV Show)

Actor

Moviola: This Year's Blonde (TV Show)

Actor

The Judge and Jake Wyler (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Of Russian ancestry, formally trained actor Don Diamond used his ear for accents to accurately mimic the local dialects he heard while stationed in New Mexico during World War II. Upon his return to civilian life, Diamond brought his newfound repertoire to radio, where he portrayed Mexican and Native American characters to convincing effect. In the 1950s, he successfully translated his niche talent to the then-burgeoning medium of television. Often filling the role of second banana, Diamond played El Toro, the hero's Mexican companion, on "The Adventures of Kit Carson", and appeared in a similar part on the ABC series "Zorro". His most memorable role emerged in 1965 on "F Troop", a classic Civil-War-era sitcom set on an Army outpost in Kansas. Although he wasn't a featured player until the show's second season, Diamond quickly became a fan favorite as Crazy Cat, the right-hand man of the Native American Hekawi tribe who comically yearned to be chief. Before retiring in 1987, Diamond appeared in over 100 television series and movies, including "Get Smart", "Newhart", "Dallas", "MacGyver", "The Rockford Files", and "Tijuana Toads", a 1970s series of theatrically released animated shorts that featured Diamond as a perpetually outsmarted toad named Toro.

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