Don Porter

Actor
Don Porter is a veteran film and television character actor whose lengthy career spanned everything from nondescript roles in low-budget films to high-profile appearances in successful primetime TV series. Porter, who ... Read more »
Born: 09/24/1912 in Miami, Oklahoma, USA

Filmography

Actor (32)

Old Money 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

All Together Now 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Song 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

The Murder That Wouldn't Die 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Frankie and Annette: The Second Time Around 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas Miracle in Caufield, U.S.A. 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

What's Up Doc? 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

White Line Fever 1976 (Movie)

Josh Cutler (Actor)

A Woman For All Men 1974 (Movie)

(Actor)

Mame 1974 (Movie)

Mr Upson (Actor)

The Morning After 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The Fuzz Brothers 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

40 Carats 1972 (Movie)

Mr Latham (Actor)

The Candidate 1972 (Movie)

Senator Jarmon (Actor)

Live a Little, Love a Little 1968 (Movie)

Mike Landsdown (Actor)

Gidget 1965 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

Youngblood Hawke 1963 (Movie)

Ferdie Lax (Actor)

Gidget Goes to Rome 1962 (Movie)

Russ Lawrence (Actor)

The Ann Sothern Show 1958 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

Bachelor in Paradise 1961 (Movie)

Thomas W Jynson (Actor)

Private Secretary 1952 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

Our Miss Brooks 1956 (Movie)

Lawrence Nolan (Actor)

The Racket 1951 (Movie)

Connolly (Actor)

She Wolf of London 1946 (Movie)

(Actor)

Night Monster 1941 (Movie)

Dick Baldwin (Actor)

Last Hours Before Morning (TV Show)

Actor

Murder or Mercy (TV Show)

Actor

The Ghosts of Buxley Hall (TV Show)

Actor

The Legend of Lizzie Borden (TV Show)

Actor

The Norliss Tapes (TV Show)

Actor

The President's Mistress (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Don Porter is a veteran film and television character actor whose lengthy career spanned everything from nondescript roles in low-budget films to high-profile appearances in successful primetime TV series. Porter, who married actress Peggy Converse in 1944, worked steadily throughout the '40s in forgettable dramas like "Night Monster" and "Eyes of the Underworld," but in the early '50s, he transitioned to television and scored a major role as powerful talent agent Peter Sands on the popular sitcom "Private Secretary." His chemistry with co-star Ann Sothern, who portrayed his devoted secretary, proved so popular that when Sothern was given her own show in 1959, he reprised his role for another two seasons. In 1963, he was cast as the bemused father of teen inguene Gidget in "Gidget Goes to Rome," and a few years later, he landed the same role in the short-lived TV series based on the popular film character. Porter, who appeared in numerous TV series and films during the '70s, gave a memorable performance as a shrewd Republican Senator in the 1972 political drama "The Candidate," about the corruption and pointlessness inherent in the political process. He later appeared as a kindly judge in the Disney TV movie "The Ghosts of Buxley Hall" and as a scheming corporate CEO in the environmental thriller "The Last Song."

Relationships

Peggy Converse

Wife
died on March 2, 2001 at age 95

Melissa Converse

Daughter
survived him

Don Porter

Son
survived him

Milestones

1974

Appeared in "Mame"

1972

Featured in "The Candidate"

1968

Appeared in the Broadway revival of "Front Page"

1964

Appeared in "Any Wednesday" with Sandy Dennis

1963

Co-starred in the comedy feature "Gidget Goes To Rome"

1953

Played Ann Sothern's boss in the CBS comedy series "Private Secretary"

Served as a combat photographer for four years during WWII

Starred in the ABC comedy series "Gidget" as Sally Field's father

Show business career began on stage in Portland, OR

Appeared on "The Ann Sothern Show"

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