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Don DeFore

Highest Rated:   100% Too Late for Tears (1949)
Lowest Rated:   67% A Guy Named Joe (1944)
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Character actor Don Defore was the son of an Iowa-based locomotive engineer. His first taste of acting came while appearing in church plays directed by his mother. Defore briefly thought of becoming an attorney, but gave up a scholarship to the University of Iowa to study at the Pasadena Playhouse. He began appearing in films in 1937 and in professional theatre in 1938, billed under his given name of Deforest. Defore's career turning point was the Broadway play The Male Animal, in which he played a thickheaded college football player; he repeated the role in the 1942 film version, and later played a larger part in the 1952 remake She's Working Her Way Through College. In most of his film assignments, Defore was cast as the good-natured urbanized "rube" who didn't get the girl. For several years in the 1950s, Defore played "Thorny" Thornberry, the Nelson family's well-meaning next door neighbor, on TV's Ozzie and Harriet. Don Defore's best-known TV role was George Baxter on the Shirley Booth sitcom Hazel (1961-65).

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Rare Breed
  • Frank Nelson
1981
No Score Yet The Facts of Life
  • Jack Weaver
1960
80% A Time to Love and a Time to Die
  • Boettcher
1958
No Score Yet Battle Hymn
  • Capt. Dan Skidmore
1957
No Score Yet Jumping Jacks
  • Lt. Kelsey
1952
No Score Yet A Girl in Every Port
  • Bert Sedgwick
1952
No Score Yet No Room for the Groom
  • Herman Strouple
1952
No Score Yet She's Working Her Way Through College
  • Shep Slade
1952
No Score Yet The Guy Who Came Back
  • Gordon Towne
1951
No Score Yet Southside 1-1000 (Forgery) (Union 1-1000)
  • John Riggs, Nick Starns
1950
No Score Yet Dark City
  • Arthur Winant
1950
No Score Yet My Friend Irma
  • Richard Rhinelander
1949
100% Too Late for Tears
  • Don Blake
1949
88% Romance on the High Seas
  • Michael Kent
1948
No Score Yet One Sunday Afternoon
  • Hugo Barnstead
1948
No Score Yet It Happened on 5th Avenue
  • Jim Bullock
1947
No Score Yet Without Reservations
  • Dink Watson
1946
No Score Yet Stork Club
  • Danny Wilton
1945
67% A Guy Named Joe
  • "Powerhouse" James J. Rourke
1944
100% Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo
  • Charles McClure
1944
83% The Human Comedy
  • Texas
1943
No Score Yet You Can't Escape Forever
  • Reporter Davis
1942
No Score Yet The Male Animal
  • Wally
1942
No Score Yet Submarine D-1
  • Sailor
1937
100% Kid Galahad
  • Ringsider
1937
No Score Yet Ramrod
  • Bill Schell
1930

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet
1952-1966
  • `Thorny' Thornberry
  • 2020
  • 2019
  • 1958
  • 1956
  • 1955
  • 1954
  • 1953
  • 1952
No Score Yet St. Elsewhere
1982-1988
  • Harry Klein
  • 1987
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
  • Jake Sanford
  • 1986
No Score Yet The Love Boat
1977-1986
  • Everett Loudon
  • 1978
No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D.
1969-1976
  • Fletcher
  • 1975
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
  • Arthur
  • 1961

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