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Richard Deacon (I) (1921–1984)


Richard Deacon was the bald, bespectacled character actor most famous for playing television producer Mel Cooley on The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961) from 1961 to 1966. In the first season of that show he also continued to appear on the series he was already appearing on, Leave It to Beaver (1957), playing Lumpy Rutherford's father Fred. Born on May 14... See full bio »

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 1984 The Hoboken Chicken Emergency (TV Movie)
City Council Member
 1984 Growing Pains
Ticket Salesman
 1981-1983 Trapper John, M.D. (TV Series)
Fred Zisk / Reverend Perkins
- I Only Have Ice for You (1983) ... Fred Zisk
- A Family Affair (1981) ... Reverend Perkins
 1983 Alice (TV Series)
R.J. Meyerson
- The Grass Is Always Greener (1983) ... R.J. Meyerson
 1983 Still the Beaver (TV Movie)
Fred Rutherford
 1982 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Dr. Yates
 1981 No Man's Valley (TV Short)
Nobody Panda (voice)
 1980 Murder Can Hurt You! (TV Movie)
Mr. Burnice
 1980 The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood
Joseph Rottman
 1980 The Gossip Columnist (TV Movie)
Director
 1980 Steve Martin: Comedy Is Not Pretty (TV Movie)
King of Cey What
 1979 What's Happening!! (TV Series)
Mr. Bradford
- A Present for Dee (1979) ... Mr. Bradford
 1978 ABC Weekend Specials (TV Series)
Albert French
- The $1000 Bill (1978) ... Albert French
 1978 Getting Married (TV Movie)
Wedding Director
 1978 Rabbit Test
First Newscaster
 1977 CHiPs (TV Series)
Singleton
- Career Day (1977) ... Singleton
 1976 Maude (TV Series)
Colonel Reikert
- Tuckahoe Bicentennial (1976) ... Colonel Reikert
 1975 The Man from Clover Grove
Charlie Strange
 1975 The Lost Saucer (TV Series)
Mr. Kroog
- My Fair Robot (1975) ... Mr. Kroog
 1972-1975 McMillan & Wife (TV Series)
Luther Dorfman / Peter Childs
- Love, Honor and Swindle (1975) ... Luther Dorfman
- The Face of Murder (1972) ... Peter Childs
 1973 Night Gallery (TV Series)
Man with Mallet (segment "How to Cure the Common Vampire")
- Hatred Unto Death/How to Cure the Common Vampire (1973) ... Man with Mallet (segment "How to Cure the Common Vampire")
 1969-1972 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Charles Furman (segment "Love and the Oldly Weds") / Charlie (segment 'Love and the Fountain of Youth') / Boyd Daniels (segment "Love and the Phonies")
- Love and the Girlish Groom/Love and the New You/Love and the Oldlyweds/Love and the Wishing Star (1972) ... Charles Furman (segment "Love and the Oldly Weds")
- Love and the Modern Wife/Love and the Phonies/Love and the Single Couple (1969) ... Boyd Daniels (segment "Love and the Phonies")
 1972 Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law (TV Series)
Resort Manager
- The Color of Respect (1972) ... Resort Manager
 1971-1972 Here's Lucy (TV Series)
Elmer Zellerbach / Harvey Hoople
- Lucy Sublets the Office (1972) ... Elmer Zellerbach
- Lucy and Carol Burnett (1971) ... Harvey Hoople
 1972 Honeymoon Suite (TV Series)
Hotel Manager
 1971 Green Acres (TV Series)
Mr. Oglethorpe
- The Ex-Secretary (1971) ... Mr. Oglethorpe
 1970 Hans Christian Anderson (TV Movie)
Tailor
 1967-1970 The Beverly Hillbillies (TV Series)
Dr. Klingner / Mr. Brubaker
- A Plot for Granny (1967) ... Mr. Brubaker
 1969 The Good Guys (TV Series)
Fogarty
- The Eyes Have It (1969) ... Fogarty
 1969 Get Smart (TV Series)
Internship Doctor
- And Baby Makes Four: Part 2 (1969) ... Internship Doctor (uncredited)
 1968 Lady in Cement
Arnie Sherwin
 1968 The Jackie Gleason Show (TV Series)
Dr. Henry Rankin - The Great Fatchamara
- The Honeymooners: Sleepy Time Gal (1968) ... Dr. Henry Rankin - The Great Fatchamara
 1968 Persecución hasta Valencia
Records clerk
 1967 I Dream of Jeannie (TV Series)
Harley Z. Pool
- Who Are You Calling a Genie? (1967) ... Harley Z. Pool
 1967 The Danny Thomas Hour (TV Series)
Witherspoon
- Instant Money (1967) ... Witherspoon
 1967 The King's Pirate
Swaine
 1967 The Gnome-Mobile
Ralph Yarby
 1967 Enter Laughing
Pike
 1966 The Carol Channing Show (TV Movie)
Leon Thatcher
 1966 Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N.
Survival Manual Narrator (uncredited)
 1966 Don't Worry, We'll Think of a Title
Mr. Travis / Police Chief
 1966 The Farmer's Daughter (TV Series)
John Pilgrim
- Have You Ever Thought of Building (1966) ... John Pilgrim
 1966 The Mouse That Roared (TV Movie)
 1965 Billie
Principal Arnold Wilson
 1965 The Addams Family (TV Series)
Mortimer Phelps
- Cousin Itt and the Vocational Counselor (1965) ... Mortimer Phelps
 1965 John Goldfarb, Please Come Home!
Secretary of Defense Charles Maginot
 1964 The Disorderly Orderly
Secondary Supporting Role (uncredited)
 1964 The Munsters (TV Series)
Borden T. Pike
- Pike's Pique (1964) ... Borden T. Pike
 1964 The Patsy
Sy Devore
 1961-1964 Mister Ed (TV Series)
Tatti / Doctor Stekel / Doctor / ...
- Moko (1964) ... Tatti (voice, uncredited)
- Ed the Musician (1964) ... Doctor Stekel
- The Blessed Event (1963) ... Doctor
- The Price of Apples (1963) ... Dr. Griffith
- Ed Gets Amnesia (1962) ... Dr. Baker
 1964 Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Wallace V. Whipple
- The Brain Center at Whipple's (1964) ... Wallace V. Whipple
 1963-1964 My Favorite Martian (TV Series)
Mr. Bentley / James J. Jackson
- My Nephew the Artist (1964) ... Mr. Bentley
- Russians R in Season (1963) ... James J. Jackson
 1963 The Raiders
Commissioner Mailer
 1963 Who's Minding the Store?
Tie Salesman
 1957-1963 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Mr. Griswold - George's Boss / Mr. Rerun / Melvyn - Appleby's Co-Worker / ...
- Do You Take This Woman for Your Awful Wedded Wife? (1963) ... Mr. Griswold - George's Boss
- My Son, the Monster (1963) ... Mr. Rerun
- Munson's Red Herring or Freddie and the Spies (1959) ... Prof. Phineas T. Munson
- Clem Strikes Oil (1957) ... Oil Man
 1963 Critic's Choice
Harvey Rittenhouse
 1959-1962 The Donna Reed Show (TV Series)
Mr. Moorehead / Mr. Heflin / Mr. Conroy / ...
- The Baby Buggy (1962) ... Mr. Moorehead
- The Electrical Storm (1961) ... Mr. Heflin
- Higher Learning (1960) ... Mr. Conroy
- It's the Principle of the Thing (1959) ... Mr. Johnson
 1962 McKeever & the Colonel (TV Series)
Captain Stadish
- The Bugle Sounds (1962) ... Captain Stadish
 1962 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Mayor Hadden
- The Madame Sagittarius Story (1962) ... Mayor Hadden
 1962 That Touch of Mink
Mr. Miller (uncredited)
 1962 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
John Fiske
- The Boston Terrier (1962) ... John Fiske
 1959-1962 The Real McCoys (TV Series)
Mr. Milton / Mr. Laidlaw / Mr. Wells
- In Grampa We Trust (1962) ... Mr. Milton
- Money in the Bank (1961) ... Mr. Laidlaw
- The Tax Man Cometh (1959) ... Mr. Wells
 1962 Follow the Sun (TV Series)
Lester Markel
- The Inhuman Equation (1962) ... Lester Markel
 1961-1962 Pete and Gladys (TV Series)
Busby / Foster
- The Prize (1962) ... Busby
- Ring-a-Ding-Ding (1961) ... Foster
 1962 About Time (TV Movie)
The Butler
 1962 87th Precinct (TV Series)
Martin
- The Pigeon (1962) ... Martin
 1954-1962 The Jack Benny Program (TV Series)
Shirt Salesman / General Manager Thomas / Harry, Barber / ...
- Jack Goes to Las Vegas (1961) ... General Manager Thomas
- Hong Kong Suit (1960) ... Harry, Barber
 1961 Lover Come Back
Dr. Melnick (uncredited)
 1961 Hawaiian Eye (TV Series)
Funeral Director
- Two for the Money (1961) ... Funeral Director
 1961 National Velvet (TV Series)
Forsythe
- The Riding Mistress (1961) ... Forsythe
 1956-1961 Make Room for Daddy (TV Series)
Hotel Assistant Manager / Dr. Stanley Patman / Principal Conroy / ...
- Everything Happens to Me (1961) ... Hotel Assistant Manager
- Danny and the Dentist (1960) ... Dr. Stanley Patman
- Good Old Days (1958) ... Principal Conroy
- Liz's Boyfriend (1956) ... John Savich
 1961 All in a Night's Work
Fur Salesman (uncredited)
 1961 Guestward Ho! (TV Series)
Mr. Andrews
- Too Many Cooks (1961) ... Mr. Andrews
 1959-1961 The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet (TV Series)
Desk Clerk / Mr. Crawford
- The Chaperones (1961) ... Desk Clerk
- Happy Anniversary (1959) ... Mr. Crawford
 1960 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Wilmer Beaslee
- The Case of the Red Riding Boots (1960) ... Wilmer Beaslee
 1960 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Wallace Friend
- The Duncan Shrine (1960) ... Wallace Friend
 1960 North to Alaska
Angus - Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)
 1960 My Three Sons (TV Series)
Elderly Man
- Adjust or Bust (1960) ... Elderly Man
 1960 Happy (TV Series)
Hotel Manager
- Help Wanted (1960) ... Hotel Manager
 1960 M Squad (TV Series)
Raleigh King
- Fire in the Sky (1960) ... Raleigh King
 1960 The Rifleman (TV Series)
Col. Jebediah Sims
- The Hangman (1960) ... Col. Jebediah Sims (uncredited)
 1960 The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (TV Series)
Mr. Ellingboe
- That's Show Biz (1960) ... Mr. Ellingboe
 1960 Bonanza (TV Series)
Captain Shark
- San Francisco (1960) ... Captain Shark
 1960 Bourbon Street Beat (TV Series)
Philipe Duvere
- Neon Nightmare (1960) ... Philipe Duvere
 1960 The Untouchables (TV Series)
Bill Skidmore
- The Unhired Assassin: Part 1 (1960) ... Bill Skidmore
 1960 Alcoa Theatre (TV Series)
Michael Gilmore
- The Silent Kill (1960) ... Michael Gilmore
 1959 -30-
Chapman
 1959 A Summer Place
Pawnbroker (uncredited)
 1957-1959 The Gale Storm Show: Oh! Susanna (TV Series)
Zonko / Artist Who Paints Nugey
- Come Back Little Beatnik (1959) ... Zonko
- The Parisian Touch (1957) ... Artist Who Paints Nugey (uncredited)
 1959 Maverick (TV Series)
Floyd Gimbel
- The Cats of Paradise (1959) ... Floyd Gimbel
 1959 The Man Who Understood Women
Rossi (uncredited)
 1959 It Started with a Kiss
Capt. Porter (uncredited)
 1959 Adventure Showcase (TV Series)
Michael Gilmore
- Brock Callahan (1959) ... Michael Gilmore
 1959 Zorro (TV Series)
Father Ignacio
- Señor China Boy (1959) ... Father Ignacio (uncredited)
 1959 The Young Philadelphians
George Archibald
 1959 The Thin Man (TV Series)
Mr.Peabody
- Black Wind and Lightning (1959) ... Mr.Peabody
 1959 Bachelor Father (TV Series)
Mr. Haris
- Bentley's Economy Wave (1959) ... Mr. Haris
 1959 Shotgun Slade (TV Series)
 1958 A Nice Little Bank That Should Be Robbed
Milburn Schroeder
 1958 The Last Hurrah
Graves (uncredited)
 1958 The Silent Service (TV Series)
Pharmacist's Mate Wheeler 'Doc' Lipes
- Operation Seadragon (1958) ... Pharmacist's Mate Wheeler 'Doc' Lipes
 1958 Tales of Wells Fargo (TV Series)
Sam Potter
- The Gambler (1958) ... Sam Potter
 1955-1958 The People's Choice (TV Series)
Homer / Dr. Baxter / Dr. Sidney Baxter
- Missing Moolah (1958) ... Homer
 1958 How to Marry a Millionaire (TV Series)
Kranz
- Loco Goes to Night School (1958) ... Kranz
 1957 Navy Log (TV Series)
Captain / Al Carder
- The Big White Albatross (1957) ... Captain
- Goal... Mach Two (1957) ... Al Carder
 1957 Kiss Them for Me
Bill Hotchkiss (uncredited)
 1957 The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour (TV Series)
Winslow, the Butler
- The Celebrity Next Door (1957) ... Winslow, the Butler
 1957 Decision at Sundown
Reverend Zaron
 1957 My Man Godfrey
Farnsworth
 1957 Code 3 (TV Series)
Harry Attwood
- The Hired Man (1957) ... Harry Attwood
 1957 Designing Woman
Larry Musso (uncredited)
 1957 The 20th Century-Fox Hour (TV Series)
Paul Erickson
- The Great American Hoax (1957) ... Paul Erickson
 1957 The Spirit of St. Louis
Charles Levine, President Columbia Aircraft Co. (uncredited)
 1957 Studio 57 (TV Series)
Milk company exec
- It's a Small World (1957) ... Milk company exec
 1957 Spring Reunion
Sidney (uncredited)
 1957 Affair in Reno
H.L. Denham - Attorney
 1955-1957 The Millionaire (TV Series)
Gibson / Jeweler
- The Luke Fortune Story (1955) ... Jeweler
 1957 The Bob Cummings Show (TV Series)
District Attorney
- Eleven Angry Women (1957) ... District Attorney
 1957 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Botkin
- Pucket's New Year (1957) ... Botkin
 1955-1956 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Sheldon / Salambro / Norton / ...
- You Can't Escape Forever (1956) ... Sheldon
- The Wayward Saint (1956) ... Salambro
- Has Anybody Seen My Gal? (1956) ... Norton
- The Life of Emile Zola (1955) ... Van Cassell
 1956 The Power and the Prize
Howard Carruthers
 1956 The Solid Gold Cadillac
Williams - McKeever's Assistant (uncredited)
 1954-1956 The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (TV Series)
Mr. Dayton / The 1st Man
- The Triple Surprise Party (1956) ... Mr. Dayton
 1956 Private Secretary (TV Series)
Doorman / The waiter
- Elusive (1956) ... Doorman
- Old Dogs, New Tricks (1956) ... The waiter (uncredited)
 1956 Crossroads (TV Series)
 1956 December Bride (TV Series)
Bud Hodges
- Lily the Matchmaker (1956) ... Bud Hodges
- Sunken Den (1956)
 1954-1956 It's a Great Life (TV Series)
Dr. Brannigan / Irwin / Dr. Randall / ...
- Operation for Earl (1956) ... Dr. Brannigan
- Smog Gets in Your Eyes (1956) ... Irwin
- The Hospital (1955) ... Dr. Randall
- The Boys Redecorate the Attic (1954) ... Clerk #1
 1956 The Proud Ones
Barber (uncredited)
 1956 Telephone Time (TV Series)
 1956 The Kettles in the Ozarks
Big Trout (uncredited)
 1956 The Scarlet Hour
Mr. Elman, Jeweller (uncredited)
 1956 When Gangland Strikes
Dixon Brackett, Prosecuting Attorney (uncredited)
 1955-1956 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Dr. Thomas Gregory
- On the Nose (1955) ... Dr. Thomas Gregory
 1956 Hot Blood
Mr. Swift (uncredited)
 1956 Carousel
First Policeman (uncredited)
 1956 The Life of Riley (TV Series)
Tree Surgeon
- The Tree That Grew in Brooklyn (1956) ... Tree Surgeon
 1955 Good Morning, Miss Dove
Mr. Spivey (uncredited)
 1955 The Great Gildersleeve (TV Series)
Matthew Walker
- Gildy Goes Diving (1955) ... Matthew Walker
 1955 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Sim Bailey / Planter O'Toole
- A Smattering of Bliss (1955) ... Sim Bailey
- Hanrahan (1955) ... Planter O'Toole
 1955 Screen Directors Playhouse (TV Series)
Hotel Clerk
- Life of Vernon Hathaway (1955) ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
 1955 My Sister Eileen
Baker's Receptionist (uncredited)
 1955 Lay That Rifle Down
Glover Speckleton
 1955 Damon Runyon Theater (TV Series)
- Lonely Heart (1955)
 1955 This Island Earth
Pilot (uncredited)
 1955 Stage 7 (TV Series)
Dr. Constanti
- The Long Count (1955) ... Dr. Constanti
- The Legacy (1955)
 1955 Blackboard Jungle
Mr. Stanley (uncredited)
 1955 The Man Behind the Badge (TV Series)
Reverend Edgefield
- The Case of the Tattooed Man (1955) ... Reverend Edgefield
 1955 Prince of Players
Theatre Manager (uncredited)
 1954 Cry Vengeance
'Shiny' Sam - Bartender (uncredited)
 1954 Desire
Etienne Clary (uncredited)
 1954 Rogue Cop
Stacey (uncredited)
 1954 Private Hell 36
Mr. Mace (uncredited)
 1954 Shield for Murder
The Professor (uncredited)
 1954 Them!
Bald Reporter at L.A. News Conference (uncredited)
 1954 Public Defender (TV Series)
Truant Officer
- Step Child (1954) ... Truant Officer
 1953 Invaders from Mars
MP (uncredited)
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Show Show Archive footage (8 credits)

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Other Works:

In the English version of Ulysses (1954), Deacon dubbed the voice of Alessandro Fersen, who played the physician Diomede. See more »

Height:

6' 2" (1.88 m)
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Trivia:

Attended Ithaca College as a Drama major for two years and later became the actor in residence at Bennington College for a semester. See more »

Trademark:

The role of Fred Rutherford, Clarence (aka Lumpy) Rutherford's father, in the television version of _"Leave It To Beaver" (1957)_.. See more »

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Star Sign:

Taurus

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