Richard Deacon

Richard Deacon

Highest Rated: 100% The Solid Gold Cadillac (1956)

Lowest Rated: 25% Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955)

Birthday: May 14, 1921

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Born in Philadelphia, Richard Deacon was one of the most prominent character actors on television during the 1960s. After a long string of bit parts in movies and TV shows in the early '50s, many of which were uncredited, Deacon finally began to get substantial recurring roles, most notably on the short-lived Betty White sitcom "Date with the Angels" and the hit family comedy "Leave It to Beaver." The bald actor played the uptight Fred Rutherford on a number of episodes of "Leave It to Beaver," and, during this time, he also joined the cast of "The Dick Van Dyke Show," where he became famous as cranky boss Mel Cooley. Deacon also appeared on "The Phyllis Diller Show" and the sitcom "The Mothers-In-Law," and had an occasional role on "The Beverly Hillbillies" in '70, shortly before the series was cancelled. Deacon was a bit less prolific during the '70s, but still was featured in the B-movie classic "Piranha" and on episodes of "B.J. and the Bear." With more than 160 screen credits to his name, Deacon was never inactive for long, and, when he died of a heart attack in '84, he was still regularly appearing on television.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Awakening of Cassie Unknown (Character) - 1982
69% 41% Piranha Earl Lyon (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Getting Married Wedding Director (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Honeymoon Suite Hotel Manager (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Man From Clover Grove Charlie Strange (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet 62% The Family Band Charlie Wrenn (Character) - 1968
38% 48% Lady in Cement Arnie Sherwin (Character) - 1968
58% 40% Enter Laughing Pike (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet 58% The Gnome-Mobile Ralph Yarby (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet The King's Pirate Swaine (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet 45% Don't Worry, We'll Think of a Title Mr. Travis/Police Chief (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet 50% Billie Principal Arnold Wilson (Character) - 1965
40% 66% Dear Heart Mr. Cruikshank (Character) - 1965
94% 71% That Darn Cat! Drive-in-Mgr. (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Raiders Commissioner Mailer (Character) - 1964
95% 83% The Birds Mitch's City Neighbor (Character) - 1963
40% 64% Who's Minding the Store? Tie Salesman (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet 39% Critic's Choice Harvey Rittenhouse (Character) - 1963
83% 70% A Summer Place Pawnbroker (uncredited) (Character) - 1959
71% 80% The Young Philadelphians George Archibald (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Nice Little Bank That Should Be Robbed Milburn Schroeder (Character) - 1958
85% 75% The Spirit of St. Louis Charles Levine (uncredited) (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 77% Decision at Sundown Reverend Zaron (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 50% The Power and the Prize Howard Carruthers (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Francis in the Haunted House Jason (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet 44% The Proud Ones Barber (Character) - 1956
83% 43% Hot Blood Mr. Swift (Character) - 1956
100% 67% The Solid Gold Cadillac Williams (uncredited) (Character) - 1956
83% 61% Carousel First Policeman (uncredited) (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet 62% My Sister Eileen Baker's Receptionist (uncredited) (Character) - 1955
25% 49% Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy Semu (Character) - 1955
73% 44% This Island Earth Pilot (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 69% Desiree Etienne Clary (uncredited) (Character) - 1954

TV

Credit
33% No Score Yet Alice Unknown (Guest Star) 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Trapper John, M.D. Unknown (Guest Star) 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet B.J. and the Bear Unknown (Character) 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's Happening!! Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tattletales Guest 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet CHiPs Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Maude Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1972-1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Here's Lucy Unknown (Guest Star) 1971-1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Love, American Style Charlie (Character) 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Green Acres Unknown (Guest Star) 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Beverly Hillbillies Unknown (Guest Star) 1970 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shotgun Slade Unknown (Guest Star)
No Score Yet 88% The Good Guys Fogarty (Guest Star) 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Get Smart Unknown (Guest Star) 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mothers-in-Law Roger Buell (Character) 1967-1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet I Dream of Jeannie Harley Z. Pool (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dick Van Dyke Show Mel Cooley (Character) 1961-1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Farmer's Daughter John Pilgrim (Guest Star) 1966
100% 97% The Addams Family Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
83% 100% The Munsters Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
82% 94% The Twilight Zone Wallace V. Whipple (Character) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Favorite Martian Unknown (Guest Star) 1963-1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Leave It to Beaver Unknown (Character) 1957-1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason Wilmer Beaslee (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet 77 Sunset Strip Wallace Friend (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Three Sons Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Untouchables Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet Unknown (Guest Star) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Thin Man Mr.Peabody (Guest Star) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Silent Service Lipes (Character) 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Date With the Angels Roger Finley (Character) 1957-1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet The 20th Century-Fox Hour Unknown (Character) 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunsmoke Botkin (Guest Star) 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Stage 7 Dr. Constanti (Character) 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Man Behind the Badge Reverend edgefield (Character) 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Four Star Playhouse Dr. Constanti (Character) 1954

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