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Don Porter (I) (1912–1997)

Veteran actor Don Porter started his career on stage and in "B" films in the 40s but would be better remembered for his buttoned-down executives and cheery dads on 50s and 60s TV. Universal Studios signed the handsome, articulate, deep-voiced actor to a contract in 1939 debuting in Mystery in the White Room (1939). He continued on in a rather ... See full bio »

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 1988 CBS Summer Playhouse (TV Series)
Charles Porter
- Old Money (1988) ... Charles Porter
 1986 Matlock (TV Series)
Prof. Erskine Tate
- The Professor (1986) ... Prof. Erskine Tate
 1984 All Together Now (TV Movie)
Grandpa Ed Parker
 1983 Hotel (TV Series)
Jonathan Corry
- Faith, Hope & Charity (1983) ... Jonathan Corry
 1978-1983 The Love Boat (TV Series)
George Cowens / Slade Summerhill
 1981 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Emmett Latham
- Also Rans/Portrait of Solange (1981) ... Emmett Latham
 1980 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
Judge Oliver Haynes
- The Ghosts of Buxley Hall: Part 2 (1980) ... Judge Oliver Haynes
- The Ghosts of Buxley Hall: Part 1 (1980) ... Judge Oliver Haynes
 1980 The Ghosts of Buxley Hall (TV Movie)
Judge Oliver Haynes
 1980 The Last Song (TV Movie)
Philip Brockhurst
 1980 Battles: The Murder That Wouldn't Die (TV Movie)
Gen. Rocky Jensen
 1979 Turnabout (TV Series)
- Till Dad Do Us Part (1979) ... Ed
 1978 Sword of Justice (TV Series)
Judge Addams
- Judgement Day (1978) ... Judge Addams
 1978 Frankie and Annette: The Second Time Around (TV Movie)
The Dean
 1978 The Paper Chase (TV Series)
Franklin Ford II
- The Man Who Would Be King (1978) ... Franklin Ford II
 1978 The President's Mistress (TV Movie)
 1975-1977 Switch (TV Series)
Salvensen / Paul Lorimer
- Lady of the Deep (1977) ... Salvensen
- Death by Resurrection (1975) ... Paul Lorimer
 1977 Three's Company (TV Series)
Uncle Fremont
- Jack's Uncle (1977) ... Uncle Fremont
 1976-1977 The Bionic Woman (TV Series)
Dr. James Courtney
- Deadly Ringer: Part 2 (1977) ... Dr. James Courtney
- Deadly Ringer (1977) ... Dr. James Courtney
- Mirror Image (1976) ... Dr. James Courtney
 1977 Phyllis (TV Series)
- Leonard and the Bribe (1977) ... Jack
 1976 City of Angels (TV Series)
 1973-1976 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
Alex Kelsey / Jonathan Cavel
- Legacy of Terror (1976) ... Alex Kelsey
- Murder Is a Taxing Affair (1973) ... Jonathan Cavel
 1975 McMillan & Wife (TV Series)
Adrian Danzinger
- Secrets for Sale (1975) ... Adrian Danzinger
 1975 A Woman for All Men
 1975 White Line Fever
 1975 Last Hours Before Morning (TV Movie)
Mr. Pace
 1975 Archer (TV Series)
Robert Lawrence
- The Vanished Man (1975) ... Robert Lawrence
 1975 Insight (TV Series)
Jim Hinds
 1973-1974 Barnaby Jones (TV Series)
Adam Montgomery / Jeremy Markham
- Web of Deceit (1974) ... Adam Montgomery
- Secret of the Dunes (1973) ... Jeremy Markham
 1974 Murder or Mercy (TV Movie)
Henry Balin
 1974 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
Mason Hammond
- The Lost Man (1974) ... Mason Hammond
 1974 Mame
Mr. Upson
 1974 Chase (TV Series)
- Out of Gas (1974) ... Miller
 1974 The Morning After (TV Movie)
Rudy King
 1974 The Six Million Dollar Man (TV Series)
Dr. Stanley Bacon
- Population: Zero (1974) ... Dr. Stanley Bacon
 1974 Here's Lucy (TV Series)
Ken Richards
- Meanwhile, Back at the Office (1974) ... Ken Richards
 1974 The ABC Afternoon Playbreak (TV Series)
George Owens
- Mother of the Bride (1974) ... George Owens
 1973 Tenafly (TV Series)
- The Cash and Carry Caper (1973) ... Miles
 1973 The New Perry Mason (TV Series)
Otis Temple
- The Case of the Deadly Deeds (1973) ... Otis Temple
 1973 40 Carats
Mr. Latham
 1973 The Fuzz Brothers (TV Movie)
 1973 The Norliss Tapes (TV Movie)
Sanford T. Evans
 1970-1973 Mod Squad (TV Series)
Walter Ryan / Dean Prentiss Markham
- Scion of Death (1973) ... Walter Ryan
- The Judas Trap (1970) ... Dean Prentiss Markham
 1972 The Rookies (TV Series)
Gen. Brooker
- A Deadly Velocity (1972) ... Gen. Brooker
 1972 Banacek (TV Series)
Arnold Leeland
- A Million the Hard Way (1972) ... Arnold Leeland
 1972 The Candidate
Senator Crocker Jarmon
 1972 Cade's County (TV Series)
Martin Russell
- Blackout (1972) ... Martin Russell
 1971 Green Acres (TV Series)
Bob Carter
- Hawaiian Honeymoon (1971) ... Bob Carter
 1969-1971 Love, American Style (TV Series) (segment "Love and the Teddy Bear") / Owen Walker (segment "Love and the Single Couple")
- Love and the Heist/Love and the Love Potion/Love and the Teddy Bear (1971) ... (segment "Love and the Teddy Bear")
- Love and the Modern Wife/Love and the Phonies/Love and the Single Couple (1969) ... Owen Walker (segment "Love and the Single Couple")
 1969 Judd for the Defense (TV Series)
Frank Vinton
- Epitaph on a Computer Card (1969) ... Frank Vinton
 1968 Live a Little, Love a Little
Mike Lansdown
 1966 Love on a Rooftop (TV Series)
- Pilot (1966) ... Narrator (uncredited)
 1965 Vacation Playhouse (TV Series)
Battersea, The Housekeeper
- Cap'n Ahab (1965) ... Battersea, The Housekeeper
 1964 Youngblood Hawke
Ferdie Lax
 1962 I Love My Doctor (TV Movie)
Dr. Jim Barkley
 1961 Bachelor in Paradise
Thomas W. Jynson
 1959-1961 The Ann Sothern Show (TV Series)
James Devery
- The Invitation (1961) ... James Devery
- The Beginning (1961) ... James Devery
- The Wedding (1961) ... James Devery
- Vamp 'Til Ready (1961) ... James Devery
- Pandora (1961) ... James Devery
 1957 Desk Set
Elevator Operator Don (uncredited)
 1953-1957 Private Secretary (TV Series)
Peter Sands
- Two and Two Make Five (1957) ... Peter Sands
- Thy Name Is Sands (1957) ... Peter Sands
- The Efficiency Expert (1957) ... Peter Sands
- Not Quite Paradise (1957) ... Peter Sands
- That's No Lady, That's an Agent (1957) ... Peter Sands
 1956 Our Miss Brooks
Lawrence Nolan
 1952 The Turning Point
Joe Silbray
 1952 Because You're Mine
Captain Burton Nordell Loring
 1952 The Savage
Running Dog (as Donald Porter)
 1952 Cripple Creek
Denver Jones
 1951 The Racket
R.G. Connolly
 1950 Mrs. O'Malley and Mr. Malone
Myron Brynk
 1950 711 Ocean Drive
Larry Mason (as Donald Porter)
 1950 My Friend Irma Goes West
Mr. Brent
 1947 Buck Privates Come Home
Captain Christie
 1946 Wild Beauty
Dr. Dave Morrow
 1946 Cuban Pete
 1944 Resisting Enemy Interrogation
Lt. Frank L. Williams, Jr. - American Co-pilot (uncredited)
 1943 Keep 'Em Slugging
 1942 Madame Spy
David Bannister
 1942 Who Done It?
Art Fraser
 1942 Keeping Fit (Short)
 1942 Night Monster
Dick Baldwin
 1942 Eyes of the Underworld
Edward Jason
 1942 Eagle Squadron
 1942 Top Sergeant
Al Bennett
 1941 Sing for Your Supper
Tim (uncredited)
 1939 Mystery of the White Room
Dr. Donald Fox
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He acted in Muriel Resnik's play, "Any Wednesday," at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Ogunquit, Maine with Rosemary Prinz in the cast. See more »

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Donald Porter


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