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Don Diamond dies at 90

Actor played Crazy Cat on 'F Troop'

Character actor Don Diamond, best known for his role as Crazy Cat in the 1960s sitcom “F Troop,” died June 19. He was 90 and had been fighting Parkinson’s disease and other medical problems.

The Jewish, Brooklyn-born Diamond, who was fluent in Yiddish, frequently played Native Americans or Mexicans on shows such as “Rawhide,” “The Big Valley” and “The Flying Nun” and, in fact, studied Spanish while attending the U. of Michigan.

During WWII he served in the Army Air Corps, where he perfected his Spanish while stationed in New Mexico.

Before undertaking the role of Crazy Cat, underling to Chief Wild Eagle in the comic Western, he played sidekick El Toro in TV series “The Adventures of Kit Carson” and Cpl. Reyes on “Zorro,” both during the 1950s. Diamond also memorably guested on “Get Smart” in the 1969 episode “The Treasure of C. Errol Madre.”

Diamond also made less-flamboyant guest appearances on the likes of “Mission: Impossible,” “Columbo” and “Quincy, M.E.”

The actor continued such work into the 1980s and also did voicework for animation, including “The New Adventures of Zorro” and “Tijuana Toads.”

His last screen credit was on the NBC family drama “Our House” in 1987.

Diamond is survived by his wife, Louisa, and three daughters.

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