Don Porter

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Don Porter
Don Porter Gidget 1968.JPG
as Russell Lawrence in the 1965 television series Gidget
BornDonald Porter
(1912-09-24)September 24, 1912
Miami, Oklahoma, U.S.
DiedFebruary 11, 1997(1997-02-11) (aged 84)
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1939 – 1988
Spouse(s)Peggy Converse (m. 1944–97)
 
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Don Porter
Don Porter Gidget 1968.JPG
as Russell Lawrence in the 1965 television series Gidget
BornDonald Porter
(1912-09-24)September 24, 1912
Miami, Oklahoma, U.S.
DiedFebruary 11, 1997(1997-02-11) (aged 84)
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1939 – 1988
Spouse(s)Peggy Converse (m. 1944–97)

Donald Porter (September 24, 1912 – February 11, 1997) was an American actor who appeared in a number of films in the 1940s, including Top Sergeant and Eagle Squadron, but is perhaps best known for his role as Russell Lawrence, the widowed father of 15-year old Frances "Gidget" Lawrence (Sally Field) in the 1965 ABC situation comedy Gidget.

Career[edit]

Born in Miami, Oklahoma,[1] Porter began his acting career in the late 1930s. He appeared in various film in the 1940s before landing the role of Peter Sands, the boss of Susan Camille MacNamara (Ann Sothern) on the 1950s situation comedy Private Secretary. A retooled version of the series appeared later, titled The Ann Sothern Show. It featured many of the same actors, including Porter, in the venue of a fashionable New York City hotel. He later guest starred on episodes of Green Acres, Love, American Style, The Mod Squad, Barnaby Jones, The Six Million Dollar Man, Hawaii Five-O, Three's Company, on which he played John Ritter's uncle, and Switch. Porter also had a lucrative stage career that included the long-running hit Any Wednesday (1964) opposite Sandy Dennis and Gene Hackman.

Porter also appeared in numerous films including The Turning Point (1952), Our Miss Brooks (1956), Gidget Goes to Rome (playing Russell Lawrence two years prior to repeating the role in the series), and as Mr. Upson in the 1974 film adaptation of Mame with Lucille Ball and Bea Arthur. Porter made his last onscreen appearance in a 1988 episode of CBS Summer Playhouse.

Personal life and death[edit]

Porter was married to actress Peggy Converse with whom he had two children. He died at the age of eighty-four at his home in Beverly Hills, California on February 11, 1997.[2]

Selected filmography[edit]

Film
YearFilmRoleNotes
1939Mystery of the White RoomDr. Donald Fox
1941Sing for Your SupperTimUncredited
1942Who Done It?Art Fraser
1943Keep 'Em SluggingJerry
1944Resisting Enemy InterrogationLieutenant Frank L. Williams, Jr.Uncredited
1946She-Wolf of LondonBarry LanfieldAlternative title: The Curse of the Allenbys
Cuban PeteRobertsAlternative title: Down Cuba Way
1947Buck Privates Come HomeCapt. ChristieAlternative title: Rookies Come Home
1950My Friend Irma Goes WestMr. Brent
1951The RacketR.G. Connolly
7-11 Ocean DriveLarry Mason
1952Because You're MineCaptain Burton Nordell Loring
The SavageRunning DogCredited as Donald Porter
1957Desk SetElevator operator DonUncredited
Alternative title: His Other Woman
1961Bachelor in ParadiseThomas W. Jynson
1964Youngblood HawkeFerdie Lax
1968Live a Little, Love a LittleMike Lansdown
1972The CandidateSenator Crocker Jarmon
1974MameClaude Upson
1975White Line FeverCutler
1985JoeyAlternative title: Making Contact
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1953–1957Private SecretaryPeter Sands103 episodes
1959–1961The Ann Sothern ShowJames Devery45 episodes; joined Season 1, Episode 23.
1965–1966GidgetProfessor Russell Lawrence32 episodes
1969Judd, for the DefenseFrank Vinton1 episode
1972Cade's CountyMartin Russell1 episode
BanacekArnold Leeland1 episode
The RookiesGeneral Brooker1 episode
1973The New Adventures of Perry MasonOtis Temple1 episode
TenaflyMiles1 episode
1974Here's LucyKen Richards1 episode
The Six Million Dollar ManDr. Stanley Bacon1 episode
ChaseMiller1 episode
The F.B.I.Mason Hammond1 episode
1975Ellery QueenGregory Layton1 episode
McMillan & WifeAdrian Danzinger1 episode
1976–1977The Bionic WomanDr. James Courtney3 episodes
1977Three's CompanyUncle Fremont1 episode
1978The Paper ChaseFranklin Ford II1 episode
Vega$Senator William Mitchell1 episode
Sword of JusticeJudge Addams1 episode
1980DallasMatt Devlin4 episodes
1981Fantasy IslandEmmett Latham1 episode
1983HotelJonathan Corry1 episode
1986MatlockProfessor Erskine Tate1 episode

Awards and honors[edit]

YearAwardResultCategorySeries
1974Daytime Emmy AwardNominatedBest Actor in Daytime Drama - For a Special ProgramThe ABC Afternoon Playbreak

See also[edit]

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References[edit]

Notes

  1. ^ Vosburgh, Dick (independent.co.uk). "Obituary: Don Porter". 1997-3-5. Retrieved 2009-09-11. 
  2. ^ "Don Porter, 84, Actor In Sitcoms and Films". The New York Times. 1997-02-24. Retrieved 2009-09-11. 

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