Don DeFore

Don DeFore

Highest Rated: 100% Too Late for Tears (1949)

Lowest Rated: 67% A Guy Named Joe (1943)

Birthday: Aug 25, 1913

Birthplace: Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA

Generally cast as the good-natured, friendly-neighbor type, character actor Don DeFore is best remembered for his television appearances of the '50s and '60s in "The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet" and "Hazel." DeFore took to the stage early, in church plays led by his mother, and he later studied drama at the Pasadena Playhouse. Starting in the late '30s he appeared in both films and plays, including a run on Broadway in "The Male Animal," and reprising his role in the subsequent filmed version. Further film parts followed, including a GI with noble dreams in the 1947 postwar romantic comedy "It Happened on Fifth Avenue." He gained greater visibility with the recurring character of friendly neighbor "Thorny" in the popular family comedy "The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet." In the early '60s, he landed another choice spot in a well-loved series, as the supposed master of the house on "Hazel," with Shirley Booth as the housekeeper of the title. He continued acting until 1987, with a final appearance in an episode of "St. Elsewhere." Off-screen, DeFore acted in radio plays, served a one-year term as President of the National Academy of Arts & Sciences, and was instrumental in organizing the first televised broadcast of the Emmy Awards in '55. He also has the rare distinction of opening the only independent restaurant in Disneyland, Silver Banjo Barbecue.

Highest rated movies

Too Late for Tears
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo
Romance on the High Seas
A Guy Named Joe

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 61% The Facts of Life Jack Weaver (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet 74% A Time to Love and a Time to Die Hermann Boettcher (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 23% Battle Hymn Capt. Dan Skidmore (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales of Adventure Unknown (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet 6% A Girl in Every Port Bert Sedgwick (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 54% Jumping Jacks Lt. Kelsey (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet No Room for the Groom Herman Strouple (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 42% She's Working Her Way Through College Shep Slade (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Southside 1-1000 John Riggs/Nick Starnes (Character) - 1950
100% 63% Too Late for Tears Don Blake (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet 64% My Friend Irma Richard Rhinelander (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet Killer Bait Don Blake (Character) - 1949
88% 61% Romance on the High Seas Michael Kent (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet No Score Yet One Sunday Afternoon Hugo Barnstead (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet 50% Ramrod Bill Schell (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet 79% It Happened on 5th Avenue Jim Bullock (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet 53% Without Reservations Dink (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet No Score Yet You Came Along Captain W. Anders (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Affairs of Susan Mike Ward (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet 53% The Stork Club Sgt. Danny Wilton (Character) - 1945
100% 75% Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo Charles McClure (Character) - 1944
67% 73% A Guy Named Joe James J. Rourke (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet 58% The Male Animal Wally Myers (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wings for the Eagle Gil Borden (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet You Can't Escape Forever Davis (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet Men of the Sky Cadet Dick Mathews (Character) - 1942

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1978-1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mannix Ted Hackett (Guest Star) 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mod Squad George Anders (Guest Star) 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Three Sons Unknown (Guest Star) 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet I've Got a Secret Guest 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hazel Unknown (Character) 1961-1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown (Character) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Showcase 39 Unknown (Character) 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet Unknown (Guest Star) 1952

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