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Richard Deacon



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
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
80% 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
50% 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
93% 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
80% The Patsy
  • Sy Devore
1964
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
43% North to Alaska
  • Angus Desk Clerk
1960
83% A Summer Place
  • Pawnbroker
1959
67% The Young Philadelphians
  • George Archibald
1959
89% 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
76% Blackboard Jungle
  • Mr. Stanley
1955
No Score Yet My Sister Eileen
  • George
1955
No Score Yet Desiree
  • Etienne
1954
100% Them!
  • Bald Reporter
1954

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet CHiPs
1977-1983
  • Singleton
The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Wallace V. Whipple

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