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Don DeFore

Don DeFore was born, according to Halliwell's Filmgoer's Companion, in 1917 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, though some sources, including IMDB.com, list his date of birth as 1913. He was an American actor who played the regular guy and the good, ole boy nextdoor in many films in the 1940s and 50s. DeFore's film appearances include: Thirty Seconds over Tokyo (1944), opposite Spencer Tracy and Van Johnson, The Affairs of Susan (1945), Dark City (1950), Battle Hymn (1957), and The Facts of Life (1960), opposite Bob Hope and Lucille Ball. DeFore is best known for his television work. First in the 50s, DeFore made regular appearances as recurring character Thorny Thornberry on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. Then in the 1960s DeFore achieved lasting fame on Hazel, as Mr. B, in which he co-starred with Shirley Booth, who played the title role. The series ran on primetime from 1961 until 1966.

DeFore and his wife and many children were longtime residents of the Mandeville Canyon section of Brentwood.

Don DeFore died in 1993 and was interred in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2006.

Don DeFore Facts

BirthdayAugust 25, 1917
BirthplaceCedar Rapids, Iowa, USA
Date of deathDecember 22, 1993 (age 76)

Selected Filmography

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