Don Keefer

Highest Rated: 100% Sleeper (1973)
Lowest Rated: 10% The Marrying Man (1991)
Birthday: Aug 18, 1916
Birthplace: Not Available
Pennsylvania-born actor Don Keefer enjoyed a 60-year-plus career on stage and screen that saw him range freely across character parts and leading roles in both fields. An actor from his youth, he started early playing leads, portraying the title role in The Adventures of Marco Polo for a production of the Child Study Association. He won the Clarence Derwent Award for his early work on Broadway, and spent his early career working alongside the likes of Ethel Barrymore, Helen Hayes, and José Ferrer, and under such directors as Moss Hart, Elia Kazan, and Margaret Webster (including the famed production of Othello starring Paul Robeson). Keefer was a charter member of the Actors' Studio, and originated the role of Bernard, the studious neighbor son-turned-lawyer in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman. He was the only actor to remain with the production for its entire Broadway run, and subsequently made his screen debut in 1951 in the movie adaptation of the play produced by Stanley Kramer and directed by Laslo Benedek. From that beginning, he went on to appear in more than 130 movie and television productions, in between theatrical work on both coasts (including a stint at the Theatre Group at UCLA under John Houseman). Highlights of his stage career include a highly acclaimed touring production of Anton Chekhov: The Human Comedy, focusing on the lighter side of Chekhov's work. On screen as on stage, Keefer played a wide variety of parts -- he made a fine villain-turned-neutral in "Winchester Quarantine," an early (and very powerful) episode of Have Gun Will Travel, but was equally good as Ensign Twitchell, the comically (yet tragically) over-eager and officious junior officer in Joseph Pevney's Away All Boats, during this same period. Don Keefer was still working in the late '90s, in movies such as Liar Liar and an episode of Profiler. But amid hundreds of portrayals, Keefer's single most memorable role for most viewers -- other than Bernard in Death of a Salesman -- is almost certainly that of Dan Hollis, the doomed neighbor whose birthday celebration comes to a hideous end (his head popping out of a giant jack-in-the-box) in the 1961 Twilight Zone show "It's a Good Life."

Highest Rated Movies



81% Liar Liar Beggar at Courthouse 1997
10% The Marrying Man 3rd Justice 1991
No Score Yet Lucy and Desi: Before the Laughter Grandpa Ball 1991
No Score Yet Amos Winston Beard 1985
No Score Yet Who Will Love My Children? Mr. Henry 1983
72% Creepshow Janitor 1982
No Score Yet The Kid from Not-So-Big Actor 1981
No Score Yet Mirrors Peter 1978
57% The Incredible Hulk Mr. MacIntire 1977
27% The Car Dr. Pullbrook 1977
100% Sleeper Dr. Tyron 1973
64% The Way We Were Radio Actor 1973
No Score Yet The Young Nurses Actor 1973
75% Walking Tall Dr. Lamar Stivers 1973
50% The Grissom Gang Doc 1971
No Score Yet R.P.M. Dean Cooper 1970
No Score Yet Rabbit, Run Mr. Springer 1970
90% Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Fireman 1969
86% The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming Irving Christiansen 1966
No Score Yet The Last Of The Secret Agents? Over-Vain Spy 1966
No Score Yet Incident In An Alley Swanson 1962
No Score Yet The Clown And The Kid Moko 1961
No Score Yet Torpedo Run Ensign Ron Milligan 1958
No Score Yet Hellcats of the Navy Jug 1957
No Score Yet Away All Boats Ens. Twitchell 1956
No Score Yet An Annapolis Story Officer 1955
No Score Yet Six Bridges to Cross Special Prosecutor Sherman 1955
92% The Caine Mutiny Court Stenographer 1954
100% Riot in Cell Block 11 Reporter 1954
No Score Yet The Human Jungle Cleary 1954
No Score Yet Death of a Salesman Bernard 1951


86% Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
Old Benny Rockland
  • 1996
No Score Yet Profiler
Papa Doc
  • 1996
No Score Yet ER
  • 1995
82% Picket Fences
George Billy Shauger
  • 1995
  • 1992
No Score Yet Highway to Heaven
Dr. Washburn
  • 1986
No Score Yet Quincy, M.E.
Terence Morgan Dr. Matson Doc Watson
  • 1982
  • 1980
  • 1979
  • 1978
No Score Yet The Incredible Hulk
  • 1978
No Score Yet The Waltons
Arnie Shimerdy
  • 1977
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
Floyd Babcock Newspaper Editor Chet Rankin Turner Wally Milty Sims Sam Nally
  • 1974
  • 1973
  • 1970
  • 1966
  • 1965
  • 1963
  • 1962
  • 1961
  • 1957
No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D.
Dr. Hendrix
  • 1972
No Score Yet Night Gallery
  • 1972
No Score Yet Bonanza
Billy Harris Hemple
  • 1971
  • 1969
No Score Yet Bewitched
  • 1971
  • 1966
No Score Yet Green Acres
Carl Kelly
  • 1970
80% Star Trek
  • 1968
  • 1967
No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show
Carl Phillips Grover
  • 1968
  • 1967
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
  • 1967
83% The Munsters
Dr. Elliott
  • 1965
No Score Yet The Fugitive
  • 1965
  • 1964
No Score Yet My Favorite Martian
Henry Jim
  • 1964
  • 1963
80% The Twilight Zone
Dan Hollis Fred Danziger Spiereto
  • 1964
  • 1963
  • 1961
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Tax Clerk Mr. Brodheit Pete
  • 1961
  • 1958
  • 1957
No Score Yet Father Knows Best
Mel Buford
  • 1960


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