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Overview (3)

Born in Inglewood, California, USA
Died in Panorama City, California, USA  (throat cancer)
Height 6' 6" (1.98 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Don Megowan was born on May 24, 1922 in Inglewood, California, USA. He was an actor, known for Blazing Saddles (1974), The Beachcomber (1962) and The Werewolf (1956). He was married to Alva Megowan and Betty Eleanor Wright. He died on June 26, 1981 in Panorama City, California.

Spouse (2)

Alva Megowan (11 May 1974 - 26 June 1981) (his death)
Betty Eleanor Wright (4 January 1947 - 25 July 1962) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (10)

His mother was a motion picture film cutter.
Won a heavyweight boxing title during his Army military service in WWII.
Was an avid card player. Clint Eastwood, Clint Walker and Jack Elam were a few of his more famous regular card-playing buddies back in the 1950s.
Was a track and field star and held the discus record at his Inglewood (California) high school. Received a scholarship to play football at USC (defensive and offensive tackle) and was considered one of the country's biggest lineman at the time.
Don's father Robert Megowan was a baker and mother Lelia Dale Megowan was a film negative cutter at Pathe Studios. Don had two older sisters, Doris and Eileen. Father Robert was 6'7" (same as Don) but mother Lelia was only 5'2". All three of their children grew to be over 6' tall.
According to an interview article on Don for "Classic Images" film magazine, February 2013, by Tom Weaver, Don's daughter Vikki claimed that Don once owned several exotic animals: an ocelot, monkey and an Italian alligator named Juliet.
Suffered major injuries in a 1963 car accident. His car hit a light pole and he was thrown halfway through, pinned by the windshield and nearly "scalped." Because of his giant size, paramedics needed a crane to pull him out of the car. In Tarzan and the Valley of Gold (1966), his head was shaved to emphasize the nasty scar left on his head from the accident.
To supplement his income, he managed apartment buildings in the North Hollywood area. He also was a restaurateur, owning and operating Johnny's Bar and Grill on Lankershim Boulevard in North Hollywood. After that closed he opened Megowan's Clubhouse, which specialized in hamburgers and lasagna, also in North Hollywood. This he owned until his death in 1981.
Don's former wife Bette was a stewardess when they met. They had two children: Vikki and Greg. Don married his second wife, Alva Lacy May, in the late 1970s. She appeared in a few movies as Alva Megowan.
Cousin of Foster Brooks.

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