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King Donovan (1918–1987)

The name might not be familiar-but the face would be. A thinking man's Don Knotts or his smarter brother - well - that would be over-simplifying King Donovan. He was born to vaudevillian parents who traveled the whole country. He was of medium height, slender build, and narrow-faced (like Knotts), but he could be so much more than a comedian. By ... See full bio »

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 1984 Nothing Lasts Forever
Lunartini Husband
 1982 Morning's at Seven (TV Movie)
Carl Bolton
 1981 The Return of the Beverly Hillbillies (TV Movie)
Andy Miller (Father)
 1971 Night Gallery (TV Series)
Husband (segment "The Merciful")
- Death in the Family/The Merciful/Class of '99/Witches' Feast (1971) ... Husband (segment "The Merciful")
 1963-1967 The Beverly Hillbillies (TV Series)
Jake 'J.D.' Clampett / Psychiatrist
- The Army Game (1967) ... Psychiatrist
- The Clampetts Go Hollywood (1963) ... Jake 'J.D.' Clampett
- The Clampetts Are Overdrawn (1963) ... Jake 'J.D.' Clampett
 1967 Please Don't Eat the Daisies (TV Series)
Herb Thornton #2 / Herb
- Professor, Please! (1967) ... Herb Thornton #2
- Pest in the House (1967) ... Herb
 1966 Daktari (TV Series)
Bendix
- Wall of Flames: Part 2 (1966) ... Bendix
- Wall of Flames: Part 1 (1966) ... Bendix
 1966 The Big Valley (TV Series)
Ambrose
- Into the Widow's Web (1966) ... Ambrose
 1965 The Defenders (TV Series)
Lou Desmond
- The Sworn Twelve (1965) ... Lou Desmond
 1965 Profiles in Courage (TV Series)
Rev. Mr. May
- Prudence Crandall (1965) ... Rev. Mr. May
 1963 Arrest and Trial (TV Series)
Fred Stukey
- Run, Little Man, Run (1963) ... Fred Stukey
 1963 The Thrill of It All
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
 1963 Rawhide (TV Series)
Poke Tolliver
- Incident of the Buryin' Man (1963) ... Poke Tolliver
 1960 The Tall Man (TV Series)
Mason Henchman
- Garrett and the Kid (1960) ... Mason Henchman
 1960 Shotgun Slade (TV Series)
Jason Baxter
- Backtrack (1960) ... Jason Baxter
 1959-1960 Hotel de Paree (TV Series)
Jess / Ralph
- Bounty for Sundance (1960) ... Jess
- The Man Who Believed in Law (1959) ... Ralph
 1960 Laramie (TV Series)
Dr. Matthew Hansen
- Cemetery Road (1960) ... Dr. Matthew Hansen
 1960 Bonanza (TV Series)
Twirly Boggs
- The Gunmen (1960) ... Twirly Boggs
 1959 Maverick (TV Series)
Mark Dawson
- Maverick Springs (1959) ... Mark Dawson
 1959 Riverboat (TV Series)
Paddy Britt
- The Boy from Pittsburgh (1959) ... Paddy Britt
 1959 Mr. Lucky (TV Series)
Willie
- My Little Gray Home (1959) ... Willie
 1959 Richard Diamond, Private Detective (TV Series)
Hamilton Chase
- The Counselor (1959) ... Hamilton Chase
 1959 Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV Series)
Sheridan Appleby
- Bad Gun (1959) ... Sheridan Appleby
 1959 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Leggs Carson
- The Kookie Caper (1959) ... Leggs Carson
 1959 The Hanging Tree
Wonder
 1955-1958 The Bob Cummings Show (TV Series)
Harvey Helm
- Collins the Crooner (1958) ... Harvey Helm
- Bob Restores Male Supremacy (1958) ... Harvey Helm
- Bob and the Ravishing Realtor (1958) ... Harvey Helm
- Bob's Forgotten Fiancée (1958) ... Harvey Helm
- Bob Saves Harvey (1958) ... Harvey Helm
 1958 Bat Masterson (TV Series)
Shorty Keenan
- Double Showdown (1958) ... Shorty Keenan
 1958 The Perfect Furlough
Maj. Collins
 1958 Trackdown (TV Series)
Lane Sawyer / Dean Burke
- The Set Up (1958) ... Lane Sawyer
- The Boy (1958) ... Dean Burke
 1958 The Defiant Ones
Solly
 1958 Alcoa Theatre (TV Series)
Frank Mitchell
- Most Likely to Succeed (1958) ... Frank Mitchell
 1958 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Henry Bennett
- The Sally Potter Story (1958) ... Henry Bennett
 1958 Cowboy
Joe Capper, Trailhand
 1958 The People's Choice (TV Series)
Homer Jordan
- The Wrong Indians (1958) ... Homer Jordan
 1957 The Gale Storm Show: Oh! Susanna (TV Series)
Rupert
- Susanna Goes Native (1957) ... Rupert
- Dutch Treatment (1957)
 1957 Tales of Wells Fargo (TV Series)
Will McCloud
- The Feud (1957) ... Will McCloud
 1957 The Iron Sheriff
Leveret
 1957 Navy Log (TV Series)
The Chief
- After You, Ludwig (1957) ... The Chief
 1957 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
The Director
- The Comedian (1957) ... The Director
 1957 The Adventures of Jim Bowie (TV Series)
Pierre Lamont
- Convoy Gold (1957) ... Pierre Lamont
 1956 Cheyenne (TV Series)
Joe Baker
- Mustang Trail (1956) ... Joe Baker
 1956 Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (TV Series)
Clay / Molson
- Jingles Wins a Friend (1956) ... Clay
- The Iron Major (1956) ... Molson
 1956 The Birds and the Bees
Waiter
 1956 December Bride (TV Series)
- Jaywalker (1956)
 1954-1956 It's a Great Life (TV Series)
Chris Norman / Lane / Kerwan / ...
- Glamour Doll (1956) ... Chris Norman
- Screen Test (1956) ... Lane
- The Easy Chair (1955) ... Kerwan
- The Driver's License (1954) ... Eye Clerk
- Daniel's Department Store (1954) ... Section Manager
 1955 The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet (TV Series)
Oliver
- An Invitation to Dinner (1955) ... Oliver
 1955 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Eddie Slate
- The Two Dollar Bettor (1955) ... Eddie Slate
 1955 The Loretta Young Show (TV Series)
Decorator
- The Waiting Game (1955) ... Decorator
 1955 Frontier (TV Series)
Joe Thornton
- Paper Gunman (1955) ... Joe Thornton
 1955 Not as a Stranger
Mr. Slocum (uncredited)
 1955 The Seven Little Foys
Harrison (uncredited)
 1954-1955 Cavalcade of America (TV Series)
- G for Goldberger (1954)
 1955 Medic (TV Series)
Sam Conners
- Break Through the Bars (1955) ... Sam Conners (as King Donavan)
 1955 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Hardy
- The Last Pilot Schooner (1955) ... Hardy
 1955 The Man Behind the Badge (TV Series)
Niles
- The Case of the Fatal Warning (1955) ... Niles
 1954 Four Star Playhouse (TV Series)
Drunk / Thin Man
- Bourbon Street (1954) ... Drunk
- A Study in Panic (1954) ... Thin Man
 1954 The Bamboo Prison
Pop
 1954 The Whistler (TV Series)
Ferguson
- Search for an Unknown (1954) ... Ferguson
 1954 Shower of Stars (TV Series)
- Premiere Show (1954)
 1954 Private Hell 36
Evney Serovitch / Burglar (uncredited)
 1954 Broken Lance
Clerk (uncredited)
 1954 Public Defender (TV Series)
Redmond
- Behind Bars (1954) ... Redmond
 1954 Where's Raymond? (TV Series)
 1954 Big Town (TV Series)
Harry the Shill
- The Auctioneer (1954) ... Harry the Shill
 1954 Waterfront (TV Series)
Vince Beloze
- Floating Mine ... Vince Beloze
 1953-1954 Private Secretary (TV Series)
- Shrinking Vi (1954)
- The Eyes Have It (1953)
 1954 Riders to the Stars
James F. O'Herli
 1954 Police Call (TV Series)
Inspector Williams
- Montreal (1954) ... Inspector Williams
 1953 Tumbleweed
Wrangler
 1953 Forever Female
Playwright
 1953 Easy to Love
Ben
 1953 Three Sailors and a Girl
Sailor (uncredited)
 1953 City of Bad Men
Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
 1953 Half a Hero
Sam Radwell
 1953 The Caddy
Drunk (uncredited)
 1953 Hannah Lee: An American Primitive
Sheriff's Deputy (uncredited)
 1953 The Kid from Left Field
Bartender (uncredited)
 1953 The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms
Dr. Ingersoll
 1953 The Magnetic Monster
Dr. Dan Forbes
 1953 The Life of Riley (TV Series)
Neighbor
- Riley's Kiss in the Dark (1953) ... Neighbor
 1953 Chevron Theatre (TV Series)
- The Prosecutor (1953)
 1953 The Mississippi Gambler
Spud (uncredited)
 1952 Racket Squad (TV Series)
Swifty
- The Suit Club (1952) ... Swifty
- The Con Gambit (1952)
 1952 The Merry Widow
Nitki
 1952 Sally and Saint Anne
Hymie Callahan, Trainer
 1952 Glory Alley
Telephone Technician (uncredited)
 1952 Singin' in the Rain
Rod (uncredited)
 1952 Something to Live For
Stage Manager (uncredited)
 1952 China Smith (TV Series)
 1951 The Unknown Man
News Photographer on Courthouse Steps (uncredited)
 1951 Come Fill the Cup
Kip Zunches (uncredited)
 1951 Angels in the Outfield
Mack McGee
 1951 Behave Yourself!
Lingerie Shop Manager (uncredited)
 1951 His Kind of Woman
Reporter (uncredited)
 1951 Take Care of My Little Girl
Cab Driver (uncredited)
 1951 The Prince Who Was a Thief
Merat (uncredited)
 1951 Little Big Horn
Pvt. James Corbo
 1951 The Scarf
Piano Player
 1951 Three Guys Named Mike
Willie - Passenger Agent (uncredited)
 1951 The Great Missouri Raid
Witness (uncredited)
 1951 The Enforcer
Sgt. Whitlow
 1951 Storm Warning
Ambulance Driver (uncredited)
 1950 The Sun Sets at Dawn
Reporter, National News Service
 1950 Right Cross
Fifth Reporter (uncredited)
 1950 Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye
Driver (uncredited)
 1950 A Lady Without Passport
Surgeon (uncredited)
 1950 Mystery Street
Reporter at Beach House (uncredited)
 1950 Cargo to Capetown
Sparky Jackson (uncredited)
 1950 One Way Street
Grieder
 1949 Side Street
Det. Gottschalk (uncredited)
 1949 The Pilgrimage Play
Salathiel
 1949 All the King's Men
Reporter (uncredited)
 1949 I Was a Male War Bride
Undetermined Role (scenes deleted)
 1949 Alias Nick Beal
Peter Wolfe
 1949 Shockproof
Joe Wilson (uncredited)
 1948 Man from Texas
Sam (uncredited)
 1948 Open Secret
Fawnes, Bigot Gang Member
Show Show Director (3 credits)
Show Show Self (2 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (2 credits)

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Stage: Appeared (as "Carl Bolton"; replacement actor) in "Morning's at Seven" on Broadway. Comedy (revival). Written by Paul Osborn [final credit during lifetime]. Directed by Vivian Matalon. Lyceum Theatre: 10 Apr 1980-16 Aug 1981 (564 performances + 16 previews that began on 27 Mar 1980). Cast: Nancy Marchand (as "Ida Bolton"), ... See more »

Alternate Names:

King Donavan

Height:

5' 8" (1.73 m)
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Star Sign:

Aquarius

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