Carter DeHaven

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Carter DeHaven
Carter DeHaven 1916.jpg
Born Francis O'Callaghan
(1886-10-05)October 5, 1886
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died July 20, 1977(1977-07-20) (aged 90)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Resting place Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Glendale, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, director and writer
Years active 1903-1965
Spouse(s) Flora Parker DeHaven (divorced); 1 child
Evelyn Burd (divorced); 1 child
Children Gloria DeHaven
Carter De Haven, Jr.

Carter DeHaven (born Francis O'Callaghan, October 5, 1886 – July 20, 1977) was an American movie and stage actor, movie director, and writer.


DeHaven started his career in vaudeville and started acting in movies in 1915. He regularly starred in comedy shorts up until 1923. While working for Paramount in 1920, some of these were directed by Charley Chase.

A 1927 short, Character Studies, purports to display DeHaven's quick-change abilities, as he transforms himself in seconds into the spitting image of various major film stars of the era: Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Douglas Fairbanks, Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle and 13-year-old Jackie Coogan. This was the only film in which Keaton and Lloyd appeared together and also marked Keaton's last film appearance with Arbuckle, his former partner.

DeHaven went on to work with Charlie Chaplin, as assistant director on Modern Times (1936) and assistant producer for The Great Dictator (1940). In the latter film, he also played the Bacterian Ambassador. In the 1959-60 season, he appeared four times in various roles and his daughter Gloria once, as Rosemary Blaker in the episode "Love Affair", of the CBS western television series, Johnny Ringo, starring Don Durant. At this time he also guest starred on the ABC sitcom, The Donna Reed Show in the role of Fred Miller in "It Only Hurts When I Laugh". In 1965, DeHaven played "Henry", an old man walking with his wife in a park, in the Bewitched episode, "Eye of the Beholder".[1]

Personal life and death[edit]

He was married to actress Flora Parker. They would often be paired together in films such as The College Orphan (1915) and Twin Beds (1920). Their daughter, actress Gloria DeHaven, made her first screen appearance in Modern Times. Both Carter and Gloria DeHaven have their own stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. After their divorce, Carter De Haven remarried, to Evelyn Burd (a union which also ended in divorce), by whom he had a son, Carter De Haven, Jr., also an actor and director.

Carter DeHaven died in 1977 at age 90 and was interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Glendale, California, U.S.

Partial filmography[edit]

Carter and Flora Parker DeHaven in an advertisement for their film Their Day of Rest (1919)
  • From Broadway to a Throne (1916)
  • Their Day of Rest (1919)
  • Am I Dreaming? (1920)
  • Twin Beds (1920)
  • The Thoroughbred (1925)
  • The Great Dictator (1940)

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