Years active 1947–1997
|Name Don Keefer|
|Full Name Donald Hood Keefer|
Born August 18, 1916 (1916-08-18) Highspire, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died September 7, 2014, Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California, United States
Spouse Catherine McLeod (m. 1950–1997)
Residence Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California, United States
Children Tom Keefer, Don Keefer Jr., John Keefer
Movies and TV shows The Twilight Zone, Sleeper, Liar Liar, Butch Cassidy and the S, It's a Good Life
Similar People Catherine McLeod, Joseph Pevney, Annie Farge, Rod Serling, Dizzy Gillespie
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Donald Hood "Don" Keefer (August 18, 1916 – September 7, 2014) was an American actor known for his versatility in performing comedic as well as highly dramatic roles. In an acting career that spanned more than 50 years, he appeared in hundreds of stage, film, and television productions. He was a founding member of The Actors Studio, and he performed in both the original Broadway play and 1951 film versions of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman. His longest-lasting roles on television were in ten episodes each of Gunsmoke, the CBS series starring James Arness, and Angel, a 1960–1961 sitcom featuring French-American actress Annie Fargé.
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- Early life and career
- Later films and television
- Personal life
- Western roles
- Angel and other comedies
- Dramatic episodes
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Early life and career
Donald Hood Keefer was born in Highspire, Pennsylvania, on August 18, 1916. His parents, John E. Keefer, a butcher, and Edna Hood Keefer, had three sons; he was the youngest of those boys. When he was in his early twenties, Keefer moved to New York City, where he attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, graduating from that prestigious acting school in 1939. That same year, at the New York World's Fair, he performed various roles on stage in excerpts of works by William Shakespeare. During the 1940s, Keefer found work as supporting characters in Broadway plays such as Junior Miss and Othello. He also began studying method acting in Manhattan as an early member of The Actors Studio. In this period he gained some early experience as well performing in the new medium of television. In 1947 Keefer appeared in a televised presentation of Shakespeare's play Twelfth Night and in an episode of the anthology series Kraft Television Theatre. The next year he performed again on Kraft Theatre in an episode titled "The Silver Cord".
By 1949, Keefer was back on Broadway as a cast member in the acclaimed production of Arthur Miller's play Death of a Salesman, directed by Elia Kazan. Keefer's exposure in that play led to his first movie role, reprising his performance as "Bernard" in the 1951 film version of Death of a Salesman. He soon appeared in other films. Some of them include The Girl in White (1952), The Caine Mutiny (1954), Six Bridges to Cross (1955), Away All Boats (1956), and Hellcats of the Navy (1957). Increasingly, however, Keefer in the 1950s began focusing on performing on the "small screen," accepting more roles in a wide variety of television series.
Later films and television
Keefer appeared in dozens of television series, including other early anthologies: Fireside Theatre, Armstrong Circle Theatre, The Philco Television Playhouse, the United States Steel Hour, Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond, and The DuPont Show with June Allyson. In 1957, Keefer appeared as McNair in the episode "Ito of Attu" of ABC Navy Log. That same year, he appeared with David Janssen as the character "Reagan" in "Big Score" of the CBS series Richard Diamond, Private Detective. In 1958, he appeared as Ed Locke in the episode "Wild Green Yonder" of the syndicated crime drama State Trooper, starring Rod Cameron. In 1959, Keefer appeared as John Alastair in the episode "Death Is a Red Rose" of the Craig Stevens NBC crime drama Peter Gunn. Keefer performed in three episodes of CBS's anthology Alfred Hitchcock Presents: in the role of Dr. Elkins in "The Indestructible Mr. Weems" (1957), as Pete Williams in "The Percentage" (1958), and as a tax clerk in "The Kiss-Off" (1961). He also had small roles in some feature films, including Woody Allen's Sleeper. In 1966 he played the character Irving Christiansen in the movie The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming.
On May 7, 1950, Keefer married the actress Catherine McLeod, and the couple remained married for 47 years, until her death on May 11, 1997. At the time of Catherine's death, the Keefers were living in Sherman Oaks in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles County, California. There are three Keefer sons: Donald McLeod, John H., and Thomas James. Don Keefer died at the age of 98 on September 7, 2014, and his burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Santa Monica, California.
Keefer's Gunsmoke appearances included three half-hour episodes and seven full one-hour broadcasts that aired from 1957-1973:
Keefer appeared in more than a dozen other western series:
Angel and other comedies
On Angel, Keefer portrayed the neighbor "George", husband of "Susie", a character played by Doris Singleton, a veteran of the original I Love Lucy series. Marshall Thompson (1925–1992) played Johnny Smith, a young architect and the husband of Fargé's Angel Smith character. Keefer's Angel roles include:
The following are a selection of other sitcoms in which Keefer performed:
Keefer appeared as Cromwell in the 1968 episode "Assignment: Earth" of the NBC science fiction series Star Trek. Earlier, he had roles in the following three episodes of CBS's The Twilight Zone: as Dan Hollis in "It's a Good Life" (1961), as Spiereto in "Passage on the Lady Anne" (1963), and as Fred Danziger in "From Agnes - With Love" (1964).
His other drama roles include:
Keefer's last role was as a beggar at a courthouse in the 1997 film Liar Liar.