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Donald Elson


Donald Elson was raised in the Los Angeles suburb of Inglewood, just a "whoop and a holler" from Hollywood. He was a young college student at the outbreak of WWII. After serving in the Air Force, he attended the Columbia Radio School of Broadcasting on the GI Bill and pursued a career as a radio announcer at stations in Texas and Oklahoma before ... See full bio »
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 2010 Lopez Tonight (TV Series)
Roman Soldier
- Episode dated 9 November 2010 (2010) ... Roman Soldier
 2008 Bones (TV Series)
Old Man
- The Passenger in the Oven (2008) ... Old Man
 2007 Live!
Oxygen Tank Guy
 2003 Strong Medicine (TV Series)
Harold
- Heartbeats and Deadbeats (2003) ... Harold
 2002 Max Bigg's Big Break (Short)
Max Bigg
 2001 Gideon's Crossing (TV Series)
Elderly Man
- The Race (2001) ... Elderly Man
 2001 61* (TV Movie)
Older Man
 2000 If These Walls Could Talk 2 (TV Movie)
Sam (segment "1961")
 1992 Chaplin
Prop Man
 1991 Birch Street Gym (Short)
Chess Player (as Don Elson)
 1984 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Bookstore Owner
- The Murder of Sherlock Holmes (1984) ... Bookstore Owner
 1984 Gremlins
Man on Street (as Don Elson)
 1983 Ace Diamond Private Eye (TV Movie)
The Prima Dona Actor
 1978-1982 Little House on the Prairie (TV Series)
Fred / Farmer #2
- Stone Soup (1982) ... Farmer #2
- Blind Journey: Part 1 (1978) ... Fred
 1981 Mojado Power
Millonario
 1979 Angie (TV Series)
Man with Broom
- The Elopement (1979) ... Man with Broom (as Don Elson)
 1977 The Van
Mr. Hump
 1976 The Great Texas Dynamite Chase
Mr. Smith (as Don Ellson)
 1975 Sixpack Annie
Mr. Piker
 1975 The Invisible Man (TV Series)
Compositor
- Stop When Red Lights Flash (1975) ... Compositor
 1975 The Honorable Sam Houston (TV Movie)
 1973 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Farmer Buey / Brown
- The Hanging of Newly O'Brien (1973) ... Farmer Buey
- Patricia (1973) ... Brown
 1972 Thumb Tripping
Gas Station Attendant
 1971 Ironside (TV Series)
Bomber
- Contract: Kill Ironside (1971) ... Bomber
 1971 Scandalous John (uncredited)
 1971 The Bill Cosby Show (TV Series)
Male Teacher #4
- The Sesame Street Rumble (1971) ... Male Teacher #4 (as Don Elson)
 1970 Dreams of Glass
Timothy
 1964-1969 Bonanza (TV Series)
Clerk / Mr. Lang / Ed Wharton
- The Running Man (1969) ... Clerk
- The Pursued: Part 1 (1966) ... Mr. Lang
- The Roper (1964) ... Ed Wharton
 1968 The Big Valley (TV Series)
Bartender
- Devil's Masquerade (1968) ... Bartender (as Don Elson)
 1967 Batman (TV Series)
Bank Manager
- The Ogg Couple (1967) ... Bank Manager
 1966 Shane (TV Series)
Amos
- The Day the Wolf Laughed (1966) ... Amos (as Don Elson)
 1965 The Cincinnati Kid
Bit Part (uncredited)
 1963 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
The Mailman
- The Paragon (1963) ... The Mailman
 1959-1962 The Rifleman (TV Series)
Aaron - Liveryman / Printer
- Outlaw's Shoes (1962) ... Aaron - Liveryman
- The Coward (1959) ... Printer (as Don Elson)
 1961-1962 Tales of Wells Fargo (TV Series)
J.C. Clegg / Crony #1
- Chauncey (1962) ... J.C. Clegg
- A Fistful of Pride (1961) ... Crony #1 (as Donald Elsom)
 1961 Thriller (TV Series)
Clemins
- The Remarkable Mrs. Hawk (1961) ... Clemins
 1961 Shirley Temple's Storybook (TV Series)
Pirate
- The Return of Long John Silver (1961) ... Pirate
 1960 Inherit the Wind
Bollinger (uncredited)
 1959-1960 Lawman (TV Series)
Mr. Oliver Stage Manager / Stage Manager Oliver
- The Swamper (1960) ... Mr. Oliver Stage Manager
- The Conclave (1959) ... Stage Manager Oliver
 1960 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Clerk of the Court
- Mother, May I Go Out to Swim? (1960) ... Clerk of the Court
 1959 Sugarfoot (TV Series)
Storekeeper / Baines
- The Gaucho (1959) ... Storekeeper (uncredited)
- The Twister (1959) ... Baines
 1959 Wichita Town (TV Series)
Fred Walker
- Death Watch (1959) ... Fred Walker
 1959 Day of the Outlaw
Vic, General Store Owner
 1953 Jack Slade
Mr. Ward (uncredited)
 1953 The Affairs of Dobie Gillis
Advisor (uncredited)
 1953 Julius Caesar
Citizen of Rome

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Stage Play: Desire Under the Elms ANTA Playhouse , (1/16/1952 - 2/23/1952) Opening Date: Jan 16, 1952 Closing Date: Feb 23, 1952 Total Performances: 46 Category: Play, Drama, Revival, Broadway Description: A play in three parts Setting: The Cabot farmhouse, New England. Opening Night Credits: Produced by The American National Theatre and ... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Don Ellson | Donald Elsom | Don Elson

Height:

6' 1" (1.85 m)
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Appeared in an excess of two hundred TV commercials (1960 to present) See more »

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