Richard Deacon

Birthday: May 14, 1921
Birthplace: Not Available
Very early in his stage career, Richard Deacon was advised by Helen Hayes to abandon all hopes of becoming a leading man: instead, she encouraged him to aggressively pursue a career as a character actor. Tall, bald, bespectacled and bass-voiced since high school, Deacon heeded Ms. Hayes' advice, and managed to survive in show business far longer than many of the "perfect" leading men who were his contemporaries. Usually cast as a glaring sourpuss or humorless bureaucrat, Deacon was a valuable and highly regarded supporting-cast commodity in such films as Desiree (1954), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), Kiss Them For Me (1957), The Young Philadelphians (1959) and The King's Pirate (1967), among many others. Virtually every major star who worked with Deacon took time out to compliment him on his skills: among his biggest admirers were Lou Costello, Jack Benny and Cary Grant. Even busier on television than in films, Richard Deacon had the distinction of appearing regularly on two concurrently produced sitcoms of the early 1960s: he was pompous suburbanite Fred Rutherford on Leave It to Beaver, and the long-suffering Mel Cooley on The Dick Van Dyke Show. Deacon also co-starred as Kaye Ballard's husband on the weekly TV comedy The Mothers-in-Law (1968), and enjoyed a rare leading role on the 1964 Twilight Zone installment "The Brain Center at Whipples." In his last decade, Richard Deacon hosted a TV program on microwave cookery, and published a companion book on the subject.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Bad Manners Ticket Salesman 1984
No Score Yet Still the Beaver Actor 1983
No Score Yet The Awakening of Cassie Actor 1982
No Score Yet No Man's Valley Actor 1981
No Score Yet The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood (Hollywood Blue) Actor 1980
72% Piranha Earl 1978
82% Blackbeard's Ghost Dean Wheaton 1968
No Score Yet The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band Charlie Wrenn 1968
50% Lady in Cement Arnie Sherwin 1968
No Score Yet The Gnome-Mobile Ralph Yarby 1967
55% Enter Laughing Pike 1967
No Score Yet Don't Worry, We'll Think of a Title Mr. Travis / Police Chief 1966
No Score Yet Billie Principal Wilson 1965
94% That Darn Cat! Drive-in Manager 1965
No Score Yet John Goldfarb, Please Come Home Maginot 1965
60% The Disorderly Orderly Mr. Courtney 1964
No Score Yet Dear Heart Mr. Cruikshank 1964
73% The Patsy Sy Devore 1964
No Score Yet The Raiders Commissioner Mailer 1963
40% Who's Minding the Store? Tie salesman 1963
No Score Yet Critic's Choice Harvey Rittenhouse 1963
96% The Birds Man in Elevator 1963
78% That Touch of Mink Mr. Miller 1962
No Score Yet Everything's Ducky Dr. Deckham 1961
89% Lover Come Back Dr. Melnick 1961
50% North to Alaska Angus Desk Clerk 1960
83% A Summer Place Pawnbroker 1959
67% The Young Philadelphians George Archibald 1959
90% The Last Hurrah Plymouth Club Director 1958
No Score Yet Kiss Them for Me Hotchkiss 1957
No Score Yet My Man Godfrey Farnsworth 1957
No Score Yet Decision at Sundown Zaron 1957
84% The Spirit of St. Louis Levine 1957
100% The Solid Gold Cadillac Williams 1956
No Score Yet The Proud Ones Barber 1956
83% Carousel Policeman 1956
98% Invasion of the Body Snatchers Dr. Harvey Bassett 1956
83% Hot Blood Mr. Swift 1956
No Score Yet When Gangland Strikes Actor 1956
No Score Yet Francis in the Haunted House Jason 1956
No Score Yet The Power and the Prize Howard Carruthers 1956
No Score Yet The Kettles in the Ozarks Cod Head 1956
No Score Yet Good Morning, Miss Dove Mr. Spivey 1955
No Score Yet Lay That Rifle Down Glover Speckleton 1955
No Score Yet Rogue Cop Stacy 1955
27% Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy Semu 1955
71% This Island Earth Pilot 1955
75% Blackboard Jungle Mr. Stanley 1955
No Score Yet My Sister Eileen George 1955
No Score Yet Desiree Etienne 1954
100% Them! Bald Reporter 1954


No Score Yet CHiPs
  • 1977
No Score Yet Green Acres
  • 1971
No Score Yet The Beverly Hillbillies
Brubaker Psychiatrist
  • 1970
  • 1967
No Score Yet I Dream of Jeannie
  • 1967
No Score Yet The Dick Van Dyke Show
Mel Cooley
  • 1966
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  • 1964
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  • 1961
83% The Munsters
  • 1964
80% The Twilight Zone
Wallace V. Whipple
  • 1964
No Score Yet My Favorite Martian
James J. Jackson Mr. Bentley
  • 1964
  • 1963
No Score Yet Leave It to Beaver
Rutherford Fred Rutherford Fred
  • 1963
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  • 1958
  • 1957
No Score Yet Bonanza
Captain Shark
  • 1960
No Score Yet Maverick
Floyd Gimbel
  • 1959
No Score Yet The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet
Mr. Crawford
  • 1959


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