Alan Dinehart

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For his second son and former actor, see Mason Alan Dinehart.
Alan Dinehart, Sr.
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Born (1889-10-03)October 3, 1889
St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
Died July 17, 1944(1944-07-17) (aged 54)
Hollywood, California, U.S.
Cause of death Heart attack
Resting place Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California
Other names Allan Dinehart
Occupation Film, stage actor
Years active 19311944
Spouse(s) Louise Dyer Dinehart (1912-1932; she died in 1934) (1 child)
Mozelle Britton (1933-1944) (1 child) (his death)
Children Alan Dinehart, Jr. (1918-1992)
Mason Alan Dinehart

Alan Mason Dinehart, Sr. (born October 3, 1889 in St. Paul, Minnesota - died July 17, 1944, in Hollywood, California), was an American actor, director, writer, and stage manager.


Dinehart left school to appear on stage with a repertory company and had no screen experience when he signed a contract with Fox in May 1931. He became a character actor and supporting player in at least eighty-eight films between 1931 and 1944. Earlier, he appeared in more than twenty Broadway plays.

Dinehart's likeness was drawn in caricature by Alex Gard for Sardi's, the New York City theater district restaurant. The picture is now part of the collection of the New York Public Library.[1]

Dinehart's first wife was the stage actress Louise Dyer (1895-1934), a native of Nassau County, New York. They were divorced in 1932.[2] In 1933, Dinehart married the film actress Mozelle Britton (May 12, 1912 - May 18, 1953), a native of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.[3] They are entombed together at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.[4]

Dinehart had two sons: from the first marriage, Alan Dinehart, Jr. (1918-1992), and from the second marriage, Mason Alan Dinehart, aka Alan Dinehart, III, born in Los Angeles in 1936.

Mason Alan Dinehart was cast in several 1950s television series, including the role of a young Bat Masterson in the ABC/Desilu Studios western, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, starring Hugh O'Brian in the title role.[5]

Partial filmography[edit]


  1. ^ The New York Public Library Inventory of Sardi's Caricatures
  2. ^ "Louise Dyer Dinehart". Retrieved March 5, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Mozelle Britton". Retrieved March 5, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Alan Dinehart". Retrieved March 5, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Full Cast and Crew for The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved March 5, 2013. 

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