Donald Leifert

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Donald "Don" L. Leifert Jr. (February 27, 1951 – October 23, 2010) was an American sci fi/horror films actor, writer, teacher, and film historian.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14] His parents are Dolores J. and Donald L. Leifert, Sr., his daughter is Elizabeth Leifert and sister is Cheryl J. Young.[15][2]

Leifert, a professionally trained actor, worked with Charm City filmmaker Don Dohler, a former journalist, on science fiction/horror films including The Galaxy Invader, Nightbeast, and The Alien Factor.[16][17][18][19] Leifert, called a "Baltimore horror maven" by Michael Sragow, appeared in several films for Dohler, did the costumes for "Galaxy Invader," was quoted as saying "if you watch the films [I was in] carefully, they're really saved in the editing room. He would sit and chain-smoke cigarettes and work at that editing machine for months and months and months--no one would see or hear from him."[16][20] Not wanting to resume his acting career, he launched a "literate film appreciation magazine" named Movie Club with Dohler in 1993, where he managed the editorial side and Dohler the business side, commenting the following year that "it's fun to write about these films, because they're fun films."[20][16]

Leifert was also an English and theater arts teacher at Towson High School in Baltimore, Maryland, and authored the autobiography Riggie: A Journey from 5th Street.[16][21][22][23][15][24] Leifert also had a law degree and taught at the George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology, also called the Carver School for the Arts, before coming to Towson High School in 2000.[15][2] He was also a veteran of the Vietnam War.[25] His memorial service was at Timonium's Grace Fellowship Church and a memorial scholarship fund was set up in his name.[15][2]



  1. ^ "Memorial page". Retrieved October 26, 2010.  Dead link
  2. ^ a b c d "Baltimore Sun obituary". The Baltimore Sun. October 26, 2010. Retrieved October 26, 2010. 
  3. ^ Soister, John T.; Wioskowski, JoAnna (1999). Claude Rains: a comprehensive illustrated reference to his work in film, stage, radio, television and recordings. McFarland. p. x. ISBN 0-7864-0726-3. 
  4. ^ Willis, Donald C. (1984). Horror and Science Fiction Films III - Volume 3. Scarecrow Press. p. 99. ISBN 0-8108-1723-3. 
  5. ^ Young, R.G. (1984). The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Film: Ali Baba to Zombies. Applause. p. 443. ISBN 1-55783-269-2. 
  6. ^ Albright, Brian (2012). Regional Horror Films, 1958-1990: A State-by-State Guide with Interviews. McFarland & Company. p. 222. ISBN 978-0-7864-7227-7. 
  7. ^ Weldon, Michael (1996). The Psychotronic Video Guide To Film. St. Martin's Press. p. 12. ISBN 0-312-13149-6. 
  8. ^ Mank, Georgory Wood (1994). Hollywood Cauldron: Thirteen Horror Films from the Genre's Golden Age. McFarland Classics. p. xiii, 287. ISBN 0-7864-1112-0. 
  9. ^ "Scared Stiff Says Goodbye to Don Leifert". Retrieved February 25, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Made in Maryland". The Baltimore Sun. November 1, 2006. Retrieved February 25, 2017. 
  11. ^ "CRAWLER – In Progress". Retrieved February 25, 2017. 
  12. ^ "BFI:Don Leifert". Retrieved February 25, 2017. 
  13. ^ "The Alien Factor / Fiend: The Don Dohler Collection". Retrieved February 25, 2017. 
  14. ^ "R.I.P. Don Leifert (1950-2010)". Retrieved February 25, 2017. 
  15. ^ a b c d "Towson High Students, Faculty Remember Beloved Teacher". Patch. October 26, 2010. Retrieved October 26, 2010. 
  16. ^ a b c d "Fast, Cheap, and Out of this World". Baltimore City Paper. April 23, 2003. Retrieved 26 October 2010. 
  17. ^ "Don Dohler's Nightbeast gave J.J. Abrams his start in sci-fi". The A.V. Club. November 18, 2015. Retrieved 25 February 2017. 
  18. ^ "TCM: Killer Creature Features: 50 Movie MegaPack DVD". Retrieved February 25, 2017. 
  19. ^ "TCM: The Alien Factor". Retrieved February 25, 2017. 
  20. ^ a b "Baltimore horror mavens: LaMartina, the late Don Leifert". The Baltimore Sun. October 27, 2010. Retrieved February 25, 2017. 
  21. ^ "Centenarian's 'interesting life' chronicled". The Baltimore Sun. November 17, 2004. Retrieved October 26, 2010. 
  22. ^ "BCPL: Local History". Retrieved February 25, 2017. 
  23. ^ "Towson High proud to have its own star in Phelps". The Baltimore Sun. March 31, 2007. Retrieved October 26, 2010. 
  24. ^ "TCM: The Alien Factor". Retrieved February 25, 2017. 
  25. ^ "Towson High students to attend special theatrical event in observance of Veterans Day". Baltimore County Public Schools. Retrieved October 26, 2010. .

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