Don DeFore (1913–1993)

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Don DeFore toured the country in stock companies for several years before making his Broadway debut in 1938. In films since 1941, he occasionally played leads in B pictures, but was more often cast as the good-natured buddy of the hero or a likable but gullible character whom the hero has to bail out of trouble. DeFore found much more success on ... See full bio »

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Too Late for Tears Don Blake
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet Thorny / Erskin 'Thorny' Thornberry


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 1987 St. Elsewhere (TV Series)
Harry Klein
- Visiting Daze (1987) ... Harry Klein
 1986 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Jake Sanford
- Unfinished Business (1986) ... Jake Sanford
 1984 Rare Breed
Frank Nelson
 1983 Matt Houston (TV Series)
- The Beverly Woods Social Club (1983) ... Mayor
 1978 Vega$ (TV Series)
Sid Green
- Serve, Volley and Kill (1978) ... Sid Green (as Don De Fore)
 1978 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Mr. Wendover
- The War Games/Queen of the Boston Bruisers (1978) ... Mr. Wendover
 1978 Black Beauty (TV Mini-Series)
Martin Tremaine
 1978 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Everett Loudon
 1976 Ellery Queen (TV Series)
Dave Pierce
- The Adventure of the Sinister Scenario (1976) ... Dave Pierce
 1976 Mobile One (TV Series)
- Libel (1976) ... Loomis
 1975 Marcus Welby, M.D. (TV Series)
- Go Ahead and Cry (1975) ... Fletcher
 1970 The Virginian (TV Series)
Mayor Evans
- The West vs. Colonel MacKenzie (1970) ... Mayor Evans
 1970 Mannix (TV Series)
Ted Hackett
- Murder Revisited (1970) ... Ted Hackett
 1969 Mod Squad (TV Series)
George Anders
- A Place to Run, a Heart to Hide In (1969) ... George Anders
 1969 My Three Sons (TV Series)
Harry Palmer
- The Matchmakers (1969) ... Harry Palmer
 1968 A Punt, a Pass, and a Prayer (TV Movie)
Rooter Baker
 1965 Valentine's Day (TV Series)
Mr. Newman
- I'll Cry at My Wedding (1965) ... Mr. Newman
 1961-1965 Hazel (TV Series)
George Baxter
- The Investor (1965) ... George Baxter
- George's Man Friday (1965) ... George Baxter
- Hazel's Inquisitive Mind (1965) ... George Baxter
- Hazel's Day in Court (1965) ... George Baxter
- What's Buggin' Hazel? (1965) ... George Baxter
 1961 Daddy-O (TV Short)
Ben Cousin a.k.a. Daddy-O
 1961 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Arthur Clark
- Coming, Mama (1961) ... Arthur Clark
 1960 The Best of the Post (TV Series)
- Suicide Flight (1960)
 1960 The Facts of Life
Jack Weaver
 1960 Michael Shayne (TV Series)
- Dolls Are Deadly (1960)
 1960 The Loretta Young Show (TV Series)
Jeremy Parker
- Plain, Unmarked Envelope (1960) ... Jeremy Parker
 1959 The Philadelphia Story (TV Movie)
George Kitteridge
 1959 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
- The Lady's Choice (1959) ... George
 1958 A Time to Love and a Time to Die
Hermann Boettcher
 1958 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Capt. George Lowry
- The Enemy Within (1958) ... Capt. George Lowry
 1957 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Tom Harding
- The Idea Man (1957) ... Tom Harding
 1952-1957 The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (TV Series)
Thorny / Erskin 'Thorny' Thornberry
- Ozzie, the Treasurer (1957) ... Thorny
- David Picks Up the Tab (1956) ... Thorny
- Pool Table (1956) ... Thorny
- Captain Salty and the Submarine (1956) ... Thorny
- Harriet's Secret Admirer (1956) ... Thorny
 1957 Battle Hymn
Capt. Dan Skidmore
 1953-1956 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Sam Bradford / Jack Sargent / Stan
- You Can't Escape Forever (1956) ... Sam Bradford
- Remember the Night (1955) ... Jack Sargent
- Make Believe Bride (1953) ... Stan
 1956 Crossroads (TV Series)
Rev. C.E. 'Stoney' Jackson
- The Comeback (1956) ... Rev. C.E. 'Stoney' Jackson
 1952-1955 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Bill Nichol / Fallon
- A Gift of Life (1955) ... Bill Nichol
- The Marriage of Lit-Lit (1952) ... Fallon
 1955 Science Fiction Theatre (TV Series)
Al Brown
- Time Is Just a Place (1955) ... Al Brown
 1955 The Eddie Cantor Comedy Theater (TV Series)
- Nearly Normal (1955)
 1954 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
 1953 Hollywood Opening Night (TV Series)
 1952 Jumping Jacks
Lt. Kelsey
 1952 No Room for the Groom
Herman Strouple
 1952 A Girl in Every Port
Bert Sedgwick
 1950-1951 The Bigelow Theatre (TV Series)
- Walter and Lavina (1951) ... Walter
- Double Feature (1950)
 1951 The Guy Who Came Back
Gordon Towne
 1950 Southside 1-1000
John Riggs / Nick Starnes
 1950 Dark City
Arthur Winant
 1950 Hollywood Theatre Time (TV Series)
 1950 The Silver Theatre (TV Series)
- Walt and Lavinia (1950) ... Walt
- Double Feature (1950)
 1949 My Friend Irma
Richard Rhinelander
 1949 Too Late for Tears
Don Blake
 1948 One Sunday Afternoon
Hugo Barnstead (as Don De Fore)
 1948 Romance on the High Seas
Michael Kent
 1947 It Happened on Fifth Avenue
Jim Bullock
 1947 Ramrod
Bill Schell
 1946 Without Reservations
 1945 The Stork Club
Sgt. Danny Wilton
 1945 You Came Along
Captain W. Anders
 1945 The Affairs of Susan
Mike Ward
 1944 Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo
Charles McClure
 1944 Return from Nowhere (Short)
Allan (uncredited)
 1944 Practical Joker (Short)
 1943 A Guy Named Joe
James J. Rourke (as Don De Fore)
 1943 The Human Comedy
Bernard 'Texas' Anthony (uncredited)
 1943 City Without Men
Mr. Peters (uncredited)
 1942 You Can't Escape Forever
Davis - Reporter (uncredited)
 1942 Men of the Sky (Short)
Cadet Dick Mathews
 1942 Wings for the Eagle
Gil Borden
 1942 Winning Your Wings (Short)
Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)
 1942 The Male Animal
Wally Myers
 1942 Right to the Heart
Tommy Sands (as Don De Fore)
 1941 We Go Fast
Herman Huff (as Don DeForest)
 1938 Brother Rat
Baseball Catcher (uncredited)
 1938 Freshman Year
Upperclassman (uncredited)
 1937 Submarine D-1
Sailor (uncredited)
 1937 Kid Galahad
Ringsider (uncredited)
 1936 Reunion
Bit Role (uncredited)
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Show Show Self (27 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (2 credits)

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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (as "Clark Redfield" / "Mexican") in "Dream Girl" on Broadway. Comedy (revival). Written b Elmer Rice. Scenic Design by Eldon Elder. Costume Design by Emeline C. Roche. Music by William Brooks. Directed by 'Morton Da Costa'. City Center: 9 May 1951-20 May 1951 (15 performances). Cast: Joseph Dooley (as "Other Mexican" ... See more »

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Official Sites:

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Alternate Names:

Don De Fore | Don J. DeFore | Don DeForest


6' 1" (1.85 m)

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Personal Quote:

[As Master of Ceremonies at Ronald Reagan's victory party in Los Angeles, November 1966, after his election as Governor of California] This is a great night for actors!


As for sidelines, DeFore was a one-time restaurateur, operating with his brother Don DeFore's Silver Banjo at Disneyland in Anaheim, California; was the American delegate to the Moscow Film Festival in 1969; and was a board committee member for the California Department of Rehabilitation. See more »



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