Richard Deacon

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 ... Read more »
Born: 05/14/1921

Filmography

Actor (57)

No Man's Land 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Voice

B.J. and the Bear 1978 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Steve Martin: Comedy Is Not Pretty 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The $1000 Bill 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood 1979 (Movie)

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Piranha 1978 (Movie)

Earl Lyon (Actor)

The Beverly Hillbillies 1962 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

The Narco Men 1970 (Movie)

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Lady in Cement 1968 (Movie)

Arnie Sherwin (Actor)

The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band 1968 (Movie)

Charlie Wrenn (Actor)

Enter Laughing 1967 (Movie)

Pike (Actor)

The Pruitts of Southampton 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

King's Pirate 1966 (Movie)

Swaine (Actor)

Mr. Ed 1960 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dick Van Dyke Show 1961 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

The Gnome-Mobile 1966 (Movie)

Ralph Yarby (Actor)

Don't Worry, We'll Think of a Title 1965 (Movie)

Mr. Travis / Police Chief (Actor)

Have Girls -- Will Travel 1964 - 1965 (TV Show)

Actor

Billie 1964 (Movie)

Principal Wilson (Actor)

Dear Heart 1964 (Movie)

Mr Cruikshank (Actor)

That Darn Cat 1964 (Movie)

Drive-In Manager (Actor)

The Patsy 1964 (Movie)

Sy Devore (Actor)

John Goldfarb, Please Come Home 1963 (Movie)

Maginot (Actor)

Leave It to Beaver 1957 - 1963 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Birds 1963 (Movie)

Man in Elevator (Actor)

Critic's Choice 1962 (Movie)

Harvey Rittenhouse (Actor)

Maverick 1957 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

That Touch of Mink 1962 (Movie)

Mr Miller (Actor)

The Raiders 1962 (Movie)

Commisioner Mailer (Actor)

Who's Minding the Store? 1962 (Movie)

The Salesman (Actor)

North to Alaska 1960 (Movie)

Angus--Desk Clerk (Actor)

The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker 1959 (Movie)

Sheriff (Actor)

A Nice Little Bank That Should Be Robbed 1958 (Movie)

Mr Schroeder (Actor)

A Summer Place 1958 (Movie)

Pawnbroker (Actor)

The Last Hurrah 1958 (Movie)

Plymouth Club Director (Actor)

The Young Philadelphians 1958 (Movie)

George Archibald (Actor)

Decision at Sundown 1957 (Movie)

Zaron (Actor)

Kiss Them For Me 1957 (Movie)

Hotchkiss (Actor)

My Man Godfrey 1957 (Movie)

Farnsworth (Actor)

The Spirit of St. Louis 1957 (Movie)

Levine (Actor)

Carousel 1956 (Movie)

Policeman (Actor)

Hot Blood 1956 (Movie)

Mr Swift (Actor)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1956 (Movie)

Doctor at Hospital (Actor)

The Power and the Prize 1956 (Movie)

Howard Carruthers (Actor)

The Scarlet Hour 1956 (Movie)

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The Solid Gold Cadillac 1956 (Movie)

Williams (Actor)

Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy 1955 (Movie)

Semu (Actor)

Blackboard Jungle 1955 (Movie)

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Good Morning, Miss Dove 1955 (Movie)

Mr Spivey (Actor)

My Sister Eileen 1955 (Movie)

George (Actor)

This Island Earth 1955 (Movie)

Pilot (Actor)

Desiree 1954 (Movie)

Etienne (Actor)

Rogue Cop 1954 (Movie)

Stacy (Actor)

Getting Married (TV Show)

Actor

Honeymoon Suite (TV Show)

Actor

Murder Can Hurt You! (TV Show)

Actor

The Gossip Columnist (TV Show)

Actor

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.

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