Del Moore (May 14, 1916 - August 30, 1970) was a comedian, a television and movie actor, and a radio announcer.
Born Marion Delbridge Moore in
Pensacola, Florida, he began his career in radio before moving to television. In 1952, he appeared in the first of several Warner Bros. comedy shorts with So You Want To . . . George O'Hanlon. He co-starred in the early television comedy (1953–1955) with Life with Elizabeth Betty White. A good friend of Jack Webb, with whom he had served in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II, Moore appeared in many episodes of and Dragnet He was a regular on the series Adam-12. playing the annoying next door neighbor Cal Mitchell. For several years in the late 1950s he hosted a daily children's program opposite Willy the Wolf (a muppet-like adult size character) on KTTV Channel 11 in Bachelor Father Los Angeles.
Moore played supporting roles in several
Jerry Lewis films, including and The Big Mouth . He made his feature film debut in Lewis' The Patsy in 1960 and was the university president in 1963's Cinderfella . He was also in the 1967 teen film The Nutty Professor , which later appeared as an "experiment" in a 1990 episode of Catalina Caper . Mystery Science Theater 3000 [1 ]
Moore died of a cerebral hemorrhage in
Encino, California in 1970 at the age of 54. He is survived by his wife, Gayle, daughters Laura and Lesli and son from a former marriage, Del Jr. He was interred in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in [2 ] Glendale, California. [3 ]
For his pioneering work on television, Del Moore received a “Star” on the
Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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