Don DeFore

Birthday: Aug 25, 1913
Birthplace: Not Available
Character actor Don Defore was the son of an Iowa-based locomotive engineer. His first taste of acting came while appearing in church plays directed by his mother. Defore briefly thought of becoming an attorney, but gave up a scholarship to the University of Iowa to study at the Pasadena Playhouse. He began appearing in films in 1937 and in professional theatre in 1938, billed under his given name of Deforest. Defore's career turning point was the Broadway play The Male Animal, in which he played a thickheaded college football player; he repeated the role in the 1942 film version, and later played a larger part in the 1952 remake She's Working Her Way Through College. In most of his film assignments, Defore was cast as the good-natured urbanized "rube" who didn't get the girl. For several years in the 1950s, Defore played "Thorny" Thornberry, the Nelson family's well-meaning next door neighbor, on TV's Ozzie and Harriet. Don Defore's best-known TV role was George Baxter on the Shirley Booth sitcom Hazel (1961-65).

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Rare Breed Frank Nelson 1981
No Score Yet The Facts of Life Jack Weaver 1960
No Score Yet A Time to Love and a Time to Die Boettcher 1958
No Score Yet Battle Hymn Capt. Dan Skidmore 1957
No Score Yet Jumping Jacks Lt. Kelsey 1952
No Score Yet A Girl in Every Port Bert Sedgwick 1952
No Score Yet She's Working Her Way Through College Shep Slade 1952
No Score Yet No Room for the Groom Herman Strouple 1952
No Score Yet Southside 1-1000 (Forgery) (Union 1-1000) John Riggs, Nick Starns 1950
No Score Yet Dark City Arthur Winant 1950
No Score Yet My Friend Irma Richard Rhinelander 1949
No Score Yet Too Late for Tears Don Blake 1949
80% Romance on the High Seas Michael Kent 1948
No Score Yet One Sunday Afternoon Hugo Barnstead 1948
No Score Yet It Happened on 5th Avenue Jim Bullock 1947
No Score Yet Without Reservations Dink Watson 1946
No Score Yet Stork Club Danny Wilton 1945
No Score Yet A Guy Named Joe "Powerhouse" James J. Rourke 1944
100% Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo Charles McClure 1944
80% The Human Comedy Texas 1943
No Score Yet You Can't Escape Forever Reporter Davis 1942
No Score Yet The Male Animal Wally 1942
No Score Yet Submarine D-1 Sailor 1937
No Score Yet Kid Galahad Ringsider 1937
No Score Yet Ramrod Bill Schell 1930

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet St. Elsewhere
1982-1988
Harry Klein
  • 1987
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Jake Sanford
  • 1986
No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D.
1969-1976
Fletcher
  • 1975
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
Arthur
  • 1961
No Score Yet The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet
1952-1966
`Thorny' Thornberry
  • 1958
  • 1956
  • 1955
  • 1954
  • 1953
  • 1952

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