Actor Don DeFore, the flustered family man in “Hazel” and TV’s quintessential next-door neighbor in “The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet,” died Wednesday of a heart attack in Los Angeles. He was 80.
A TV, film and stage actor, DeFore served as president of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in 1954 and as a member in the 1980s of then-President Reagan’s Peace Corps advisory council.
Reagan and DeFore acted together in the 1954 film “She’s Working Her Way Through College.” DeFore also was a GOP convention delegate for Reagan and George Bush.
DeFore’s best-known role was as lawyer-family man George Baxter in TV’s “Hazel,” a comedy about a headstrong maid (Shirley Booth) who dominated the Baxter household.
The series ran for four seasons, from 1961-65 on NBC, before moving to CBS in 1965-66 for one season without DeFore.
In ABC’s “Ozzie & Harriet,” DeFore played opposite the Nelson family from 1952-58.
DeFore also appeared in 24 movies with such stars as John Wayne, Spencer Tracy, Van Johnson, Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin, Doris Day, Mickey Rooney and Rock Hudson.
DeFore’s last television guest-star roles were in the 1980s on episodes of “St. Elsewhere” and “Murder, She Wrote.”
Survivors include his wife, two sons and three daughters.
Details on funeral services were pending.
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Ted Allan, well-known Hollywood still photographer, died Dec. 20 after a long illness in Burbank. He was 83.
For a number of years, he covered Frank Sinatra, photographing his recording sessions and film productions.
He had worked for MGM Studios, CBS Radio — covering Cecil B. DeMille’s Lux Radio Theatre, ABC-TV shows and numerous productions, including “The Sand Pebbles,””Von Ryan’s Express” and “Sergeant’s Three.”
His portrait of such stars as Jean Harlow, Clark Gable, James Stewart and John, Ethel and Lionel Barrymore have been exhibited at New York’s Museum of Modern Art and Washington’s National Gallery.
He is survived by his wife, a daughter, a granddaughter and two great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Motion Picture & Television Fund in Woodland Hills.