Don Douglas

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For other people named Donald Douglas, see Donald Douglas (disambiguation).

Don Douglas (24 August 1905 –31 December 1945), born Douglas Kinleyside,[1] was a Scottish actor in films and on radio.

Film[edit]

Douglas appeared in over 100 films from the late 1920s to the 1940s including The Great Gabbo (1929), Life Begins (1932), Men in White (1934), Madame X (1937), Cheers for Miss Bishop (1941), Now, Voyager (1942), Little Tokyo, U.S.A. (1942), Tall in the Saddle (1944), Murder, My Sweet (1944), Show Business (1944) and Gilda (1946).

Radio[edit]

Douglas was a one-man cast on The Black Castle. He played all roles in each episode and was the announcer.[2] A review of The Black Castle in the trade publication Billboard complimented Douglas's handling of multiple roles in the drama. Bob Francis wrote: "Except for the fact that he is inclined to ham the wizard, making the role often seem more silly than awesome, Douglas puts on a good 15 minutes. His vocal changes are sharp and clear, and his characterizations come over effectively."[3]

He also had the title role in John Steele, Adventurer[4] and played Chief Jake Workley in Scattergood Baines.[4]:296 He was also a member of the cast of Kelly's Courthouse.[4]:189

Death[edit]

Douglas died on 31 December 1945 in Los Angeles, California, aged 40, after emergency surgery for a ruptured appendix. He is interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.[5]

Selected filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Room, Adrian (2010). Dictionary of Pseudonyms: 13,000 Assumed Names and Their Origins, 5th ed. McFarland. p. 151. ISBN 9780786457632. Retrieved 20 November 2016. 
  2. ^ Dunning, John. (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3. P. 95.
  3. ^ Francis, Bob (October 9, 1943). ""The Black Castle"" (PDF). Billboard. p. 11. Retrieved 20 November 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c Terrace, Vincent (1999). Radio Programs, 1924-1984: A Catalog of More Than 1800 Shows. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-4513-4. Pp. 177-178.
  5. ^ Wilson, Scott (2016). Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed. (2 volume set). McFarland. pp. 204–205. ISBN 9780786479924. Retrieved 20 November 2016. 

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