Don Beddoe in Behind Green Lights, 1946
|Born||Donald T. Beddoe
July 1, 1903
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Died||January 19, 1991
Laguna Hills, California, U.S
|Occupation||Film, television actor|
|Spouse(s)||Joyce Mathews (1974–1991, his death)
Evelyn Beddoe (1943–1974, her death)
Don T. Beddoe (July 1, 1903 – January 19, 1991) was an American character actor.
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Beddoe was the son of a singer, also named Don Beddoe. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati with bachelor's and master's degrees and taught English for three years.
Beddoe gained much theatrical experience playing in stock theater in Boston, Massachusetts, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He made his Broadway acting debut in 1929, receiving top billing (over a young Spencer Tracy) in Nigger Rich. His other Broadway credits include Penny Arcade (1930), The Greeks Had a Word for It (1930), Sing High, Sing Low (1931), The Warrior's Husband (1932), Man Bites Dog (1933), The Blue Widow (1933), Birthright (1933), The Sky's the Limit (1934), Nowhere Bound (1935), First Lady (1935), Father Malachy's Miracle (1937), and Winged Victory (1943).
After a decade of stage work and bit parts in films, Beddoe began more prominent film roles in the late 1930s. He was usually cast as fast-talking reporters and the like. His commercial acting career was put on hold when he served in World War II in the United States Army Air Corps, in which he performed in the Air Force play, Winged Victory.
Beddoe subsequently returned to films playing small character roles. He occasionally appeared in comedy shorts playing comic foils, such as the Three Stooges shorts Three Sappy People and You Nazty Spy!. Beddoe appeared in over 180 films.
Beddoe appeared in more than 250 films.
He also was seen in dozens of television programs. In the 1950s and 1960s, he made four appearances on Have Gun – Will Travel, three times on Lawman, three on Maverick, three on Laramie, three on Lassie, and three on Perry Mason. He was also cast on the western aviation series, Sky King, with Kirby Grant, on the ABC/Warner Brothers series, The Alaskans, with Roger Moore, on the ABC adventure series, Straightaway, with Brian Kelly and John Ashley, and on the NBC western series, The Tall Man, with Barry Sullivan and Clu Gulager. He appeared too on the CBS sitcom, Pete and Gladys, with Harry Morgan and Cara Williams, and on the ABC drama series, Going My Way, with Gene Kelly. He guest starred as well on David Janssen's first series, the crime drama, Richard Diamond, Private Detective. He also made appearances on episodes of the Lone Ranger in the '50s.
During the 1970–1971 season of ABC's Nanny and the Professor, Beddoe made four appearances, three as Mr. Thatcher. In 1984, he made his final television appearance as Kris in NBC's Highway to Heaven starring Michael Landon.
Beddoe played Pat Grady in the soap opera John's Other Wife.
In 1968, Beddoes proposed construction of a "high-rise trailer park," to be built in Capistrano Beach, California. His plan called for making "more efficient use of land in areas where acreage is too expensive for a trailer park" by building an eight-story structure of concrete and steel and using a crane to lift trailers and insert them into their respective spaces.
Beddoe was married to Joyce Rose, who had been a showgirl.
Beddoe died of natural causes on January 19, 1991 at age 87.
- There's That Woman Again (1938)
- The Lone Wolf Spy Hunt
- Mandrake the Magician (serial, 1939)
- Romance of the Redwoods (1939)
- Missing Daughters (1939)
- Golden Boy (1939)
- Taming of the West (1939)
- The Man They Could Not Hang (1939)
- Beware Spooks! (1939)
- Blondie Meets the Boss (1939)
- Those High Gray Walls (1939)
- Coast Guard (1939)
- The Amazing Mr. Williams (1939)
- My Son is Guilty (1940)
- Scandal Sheet (1940)
- The Lone Wolf Strikes (1940)
- Konga, the Wild Stallion (1940)
- Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise (1940)
- Men Without Souls (1940)
- Island of Doomed Men (1940)
- The Man from Tumbleweeds (1940)
- West of Abilene (1940)
- Girls of the Road (1940)
- The Secret Seven (1940)
- Military Academy (1940)
- Before I Hang (1940)
- So You Want to Talk (1940)
- Blondie on a Budget (1940)
- Glamour for Sale (1940)
- Manhattan Heartbeat (1940)
- The Lone Wolf Keeps a Date (1941)
- This Thing Called Love (1941)
- Submarine Zone (1941)
- The Lone Wolf Takes a Chance (1941)
- The Face Behind the Mask (1941)
- Beyond the Sacramento (1941)
- Under Age (1941)
- The Big Boss (1941)
- Sweetheart of the Campus (1941)
- The Blonde from Singapore (1941)
- Texas (1941)
- Sing for Your Supper (1941)
- Unholy Partners (1941)
- Two Latins from Manhattan (1941)
- Harvard, Here I Come (1942)
- Shut my Big Mouth (1942)
- Meet the Stewarts (1942)
- The Talk of the Town (1942)
- Sabotage Squad (1942)
- Not a Ladies' Man (1942)
- Honolulu Lu (1942)
- Lucky Legs (1943)
- Junior Army (1943)
- The Boogie Man will Get You (1943)
- Power of the Press (1943)
- Smith of Minnesota (1943)
- Winged Victory (1944)
- Crime, Inc. (1945)
- One Exciting Night (1945)
- Getting Gertie's Garter (1945)
- Behind Green Lights (1946)
- O.S.S. (1946)
- The Notorious Lone Wolf (1946)
- The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
- The Farmer's Daughter (1947)
- Buck Privates Come Home (1947)
- Welcome Stranger (1947)
- They Won't Believe Me (1947)
- The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947)
- Black Bart (1948)
- Another Part of the Forest (1948)
- An Act of Murder (1948)
- Hideout (1949)
- The Lady Gambles (1949)
- Once More My Darling (1949)
- Easy Living (1949)
- Dear Wife (1949)
- Flame of Youth (1949)
- Dancing in the Dark (1949)
- Emergency Wedding (1949)
- Deadly as the Female (1949)
- Woman in Hiding (1949)
- The Crime Doctor's Diary (1949)
- Bride of Vengeance (1949)
- The Great Rupert (1950)
- Young Daniel Boone (1950)
- Tarnished (1950)
- Beyond the Purple Hills (1950)
- Cyrano de Bergerac (1950)
- The Company She Keeps (1950)
- Gasoline Alley (1951)
- Francis Goes to the Races (1951)
- The Enforcer (1951)
- Starlift (1951)
- Million Dollar Pursuit (1951)
- The Rodeo King and the Senorita (1951)
- Corky of Gasoline Alley (1951)
- The Unknown Man (1951)
- Man in the Saddle (1951)
- The Narrow Margin (1952)
- Hoodlum Empire (1952)
- Carson City (1952)
- Carrie (1952)
- Scandal Sheet (1952)
- Don't Bother to Knock (1952)
- The Iron Mistress (1952)
- Blue Canadian Rockies (1952)
- The Steel Cage (1952)
- Stop, You're Killing Me (1953)
- The Clown (1953)
- The System (1953)
- Cow Country (1953)
- Loophole (1954)
- River of No Return (1954)
- Wyoming Renegades (1955)
- Tarzan's Hidden Jungle (1955)
- The Night of the Hunter (1955)
- Behind the High Wall (1956)
- The Rawhide Years (1956)
- Shootout at Medicine Bend (1957)
- Bullwhip (1958)
- Toughest Gun in Tombstone (1958)
- Warlock (1959)
- Pillow Talk (1959)
- The Wizard of Baghdad (1960)
- The Boy Who Caught a Crook (1961)
- Saintly Sinners (1962)
- Jack the Giant Killer (1962)
- Papa's Delicate Condition (1963)
- The Impossible Years (1969)
- Generation (1969)
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