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Don Keefer

Highest Rated:   100% Sleeper (1973)
Lowest Rated:   10% The Marrying Man (1991)
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Pennsylvania-born actor Don Keefer enjoyed a 60-year-plus career on stage and screen that saw him range freely across character parts and leading roles in both fields. An actor from his youth, he started early playing leads, portraying the title role in The Adventures of Marco Polo for a production of the Child Study Association. He won the Clarence Derwent Award for his early work on Broadway, and spent his early career working alongside the likes of Ethel Barrymore, Helen Hayes, and José Ferrer, and under such directors as Moss Hart, Elia Kazan, and Margaret Webster (including the famed production of Othello starring Paul Robeson). Keefer was a charter member of the Actors' Studio, and originated the role of Bernard, the studious neighbor son-turned-lawyer in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman. He was the only actor to remain with the production for its entire Broadway run, and subsequently made his screen debut in 1951 in the movie adaptation of the play produced by Stanley Kramer and directed by Laslo Benedek. From that beginning, he went on to appear in more than 130 movie and television productions, in between theatrical work on both coasts (including a stint at the Theatre Group at UCLA under John Houseman). Highlights of his stage career include a highly acclaimed touring production of Anton Chekhov: The Human Comedy, focusing on the lighter side of Chekhov's work. On screen as on stage, Keefer played a wide variety of parts -- he made a fine villain-turned-neutral in "Winchester Quarantine," an early (and very powerful) episode of Have Gun Will Travel, but was equally good as Ensign Twitchell, the comically (yet tragically) over-eager and officious junior officer in Joseph Pevney's Away All Boats, during this same period. Don Keefer was still working in the late '90s, in movies such as Liar Liar and an episode of Profiler. But amid hundreds of portrayals, Keefer's single most memorable role for most viewers -- other than Bernard in Death of a Salesman -- is almost certainly that of Dan Hollis, the doomed neighbor whose birthday celebration comes to a hideous end (his head popping out of a giant jack-in-the-box) in the 1961 Twilight Zone show "It's a Good Life."

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
82% Liar Liar
  • Beggar at Courthouse
1997
10% The Marrying Man
  • 3rd Justice
1991
No Score Yet Lucy and Desi: Before the Laughter
  • Grandpa Ball
1991
No Score Yet Amos
  • Winston Beard
1985
No Score Yet Who Will Love My Children?
  • Mr. Henry
1983
74% Creepshow
  • Janitor
1982
No Score Yet The Kid from Not-So-Big
  • Actor
1981
No Score Yet Mirrors
  • Peter
1978
57% The Incredible Hulk
  • Mr. MacIntire
1977
No Score Yet Fire Sale
  • Banker
1977
28% The Car
  • Dr. Pullbrook
1977
100% Sleeper
  • Dr. Tyron
1973
64% The Way We Were
  • Radio Actor
1973
No Score Yet The Young Nurses
  • Actor
1973
75% Walking Tall
  • Dr. Lamar Stivers
1973
46% The Grissom Gang
  • Doc
1971
No Score Yet R.P.M.
  • Dean Cooper
1970
No Score Yet Rabbit, Run
  • Mr. Springer
1970
89% Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  • Fireman
1969
86% The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming
  • Irving Christiansen
1966
No Score Yet The Last Of The Secret Agents?
  • Over-Vain Spy
1966
No Score Yet Incident In An Alley
  • Swanson
1962
No Score Yet The Clown And The Kid
  • Moko
1961
No Score Yet Torpedo Run
  • Ensign Ron Milligan
1958
No Score Yet Hellcats of the Navy
  • Jug
1957
No Score Yet Away All Boats
  • Ens. Twitchell
1956
No Score Yet An Annapolis Story
  • Officer
1955
No Score Yet Six Bridges to Cross
  • Special Prosecutor Sherman
1955
92% The Caine Mutiny
  • Court Stenographer
1954
100% Riot in Cell Block 11
  • Reporter
1954
No Score Yet The Human Jungle
  • Cleary
1954
No Score Yet Death of a Salesman
  • Bernard
1951

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
86% Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
1993-1997
  • Old Benny Rockland
  • 1996
No Score Yet Profiler
1996-2000
  • Papa Doc
  • 1996
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Louie
  • 1995
82% Picket Fences
1992-1996
  • George Billy Shauger
  • 1995
  • 1992
No Score Yet Highway to Heaven
1984-1989
  • Dr. Washburn
  • 1986
No Score Yet Alice
1976-1985
  • Wally
  • 1984
No Score Yet Quincy, M.E.
1976-1983
  • Terence Morgan Dr. Matson Doc Watson
  • 1982
  • 1980
  • 1979
  • 1978
No Score Yet The Incredible Hulk
1978-1982
  • MacIntire
  • 1978
No Score Yet The Waltons
1972-1981
  • Arnie Shimerdy
  • 1977
No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco
1972-1977
  • Dr. Mayhill
  • 1976
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
  • Floyd Babcock Newspaper Editor Chet Rankin Turner Wally Milty Sims Sam Nally
  • 1974
  • 1973
  • 1970
  • 1966
  • 1965
  • 1963
  • 1962
  • 1961
  • 1957
No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D.
1969-1976
  • Dr. Hendrix
  • 1972
No Score Yet Night Gallery
1970-1973
  • Coolidge
  • 1972
No Score Yet Columbo
1968-2003
  • le médecin légiste
  • 1971
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
  • Billy Harris Hemple
  • 1971
  • 1969
No Score Yet Bewitched
1964-1972
  • Kimberley
  • 1971
  • 1966
No Score Yet Green Acres
1965-1971
  • Carl Kelly
  • 1970
No Score Yet The High Chaparral
1967-1971
  • Telegrapher
  • 1970
80% Star Trek
1966-1969
  • Cromwell
  • 1968
  • 1967
No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show
1960-1968
  • Carl Phillips Grover
  • 1968
  • 1967
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
1966-1973
  • Zubin
  • 1967
83% The Munsters
1964-1966
  • Dr. Elliott
  • 1965
No Score Yet The Fugitive
1963-1967
  • Ben
  • 1965
  • 1964
No Score Yet My Favorite Martian
1963-1966
  • Henry Jim
  • 1964
  • 1963
82% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Dan Hollis Fred Danziger Spiereto
  • 1964
  • 1963
  • 1961
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
  • Tax Clerk Mr. Brodheit Pete
  • 1961
  • 1958
  • 1957
No Score Yet Father Knows Best
1954-1960
  • Mel Buford
  • 1960

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