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Don DeFore ACTOR


Don DeFore was born on August 25th, 1913 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa with the birth name Donald John Defore to parents Joseph Ervin Defore and Albina Sylvia Nezerka.  His father worked as a railroad engineer.  He attended Washington High School in Cedar rapids and went on to study at the  University of Iowa with intentions of pursuing a career in law.   

He became involved in acting when he won a scholarship for three years to study at the Pasadena Playhouse.  When he first entered the entertainment industry he worked as a stage performer touring in various stock companies.  He made his Broadway debut in 1938 and soon after was working in films.
Some of his film roles include, "Brother Rat" (1938), "The Male Animal" (1942), "The Human Comedy" (1943), "A Guy Named Joe" (1943), "The Affairs of Susan" (1945), "Ramrod" (1947), "Too Late for Tears" (1949), "The Guy Who Came Back" (1951) and "Jumping Jacks" (1952).
Along with a long resume of film credits he also made a number of television appearances on such series as, "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" (1952) for which he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor and had a reccurring role on, "Hazel" (1961). 
Even though many do not remember him for his roles on radio, he also had a number of credits on his resume for his radio work on, "The Fountain of Youth" (1949), "Seeds of Promise" (1951) and "You Came Along" (1946) among others.
He also played a number of other roles in the acting industry such as serving as President of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences between 1954 and 1955 and he was also very involved in arranging the Emmy Awards to be broadcasted on national television for the first time in 1955.
Along with working as an actor he also opened a restaurant at Disneyland called the Silver Banjo between 1957 and 1961.  DeFore was also honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  

Don DeFore married his one and only wife, Marion Holmes in 1942 and the couple had five children together, Penny, David, Dawn, Ron and Amy.  They remained married until December 22nd, 1993 when he passed away in Los Angeles, California at the age of eighty after suffering from a heart attack.  He is interred in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.   


1987 St. Elsewhere 
1986 Murder, She Wrote 
1984 A Rare Breed
1983 Matt Houston 
1978 Vega$
1978 Fantasy Island 
1978 Black Beauty
1978 The Love Boat
1976 Ellery Queen
1975 Marcus Welby, M.D.
1970 The Virginian
1970 Mannix 
1969 Mod Squad
1969 My Three Sons
1968 Hallmark Hall of Fame r
1961-1965 Hazel 
1961 Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1960 The Best of the Post
1960 The Facts of Life
1960 The Loretta Young Show
1959 The Philadelphia Story 
1959 G.E. True Theater 
1958 A Time to Love and a Time to Die 
1958 Studio One in Hollywood 
1957 The Ford Television Theatre
1957 Battle Hymn 
1952-1956 The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet 
1953-1956 Lux Video Theatre 
1956 Crossroads
1952-1955 Schlitz Playhouse 
1955 Science Fiction Theatre 
1955 The Eddie Cantor Comedy Theater 
1954 Goodyear Playhouse 
1953 Hollywood Opening Night 
1952 She's Working Her Way Through College 
1952 No Room for the Groom
1952 Jumping Jacks 
1952 And Now Tomorrow 
1952 A Girl in Every Port
1951 The Bigelow Theatre 
1951 The Guy Who Came Back 
1950 Southside 1-1000 
1950 Dark City 
1950 Hollywood Theatre Time
1950 The Silver Theatre 
1949 My Friend Irma 
1949 Too Late for Tears 
1948 One Sunday Afternoon 
1948 Romance on the High Seas 
1947 It Happened on Fifth Avenue
1947 Ramrod 
1946 Without Reservations 
1945 The Stork Club 
1945 You Came Along 
1945 The Affairs of Susan 
1944 Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo 
1944 Return from Nowhere
1944 Practical Joker
1943 A Guy Named Joe 
1943 The Human Comedy 
1943 City Without Men 
1942 You Can't Escape Forever 
1942 Men of the Sky
1942 Wings for the Eagle 
1942 Winning Your Wings
1942 The Male Animal
1942 Right to the Heart 
1941 We Go Fast 
1938 Brother Rat 
1938 Freshman Year 
1937 Submarine D-1 
1937 Kid Galahad 
1936 Reunion 

Matinee Classics - Daddy-O starring Don DeFore
Matinee Classics - The Human Comedy starring Mickey Rooney, Frank Morgan, James Craig, Marsha Hunt, Fay Bainter, Ray Collins, Van Johnson, Donna Reed, Jackie 'Butch' Jenkins, Dorothy Morris, John Craven, Anne Ayars, Mary Nash, Henry O'Neill, Katharine Alexander, Alan Baxter, Darryl Hickman, Barry Nelson, Rita Quigley, Clem Bevans, Adeline De Walt Reynolds, Don DeFore and Robert Mitchum
Matinee Classics - My Friend Irma starring John Lund, Marie Wilson, Diana Lynn, Don DeFore, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Hans Conried, Kathryn Givney, Percy Helton and Gloria Gordon
Matinee Classics - The Facts of Life starring Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Ruth Hussey, Don DeFore, Louis Nye, Philip Ober, Marianne Stewart and Hollis Irving

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