Actor Don McArt dies at 90

Appeared in Disney films, in one-man show as George Burns

Don McArt, an actor who appeared in Disney films, on TV and onstage, died of a stroke on Nov. 13 in Boca Raton, Fla. He was 90.

McArt had spent the last four years on a U.S. and Canadian tour of the one-man show “Say Goodnight Gracie,” as George Burns.

He had performed onstage with his sister, Jan McArt, for 60 years.

After college, McArt worked as a newscaster/disc jockey at NBC affiliate WEOA in Evansville, Ind. After heading to New York, he attracted the attention of stage director George Abbott, who engaged McArt for his first Broadway role in “Kiss and Tell.” He continued to perform in the Broadway and national companies of “Pajama Tops,” “Barefoot in the Park,” “The Odd Couple” and “There’s a Girl in My Soup.”

Moving to Los Angeles, McArt was soon under contract to Disney. He was featured in “The Absent Minded Professor” and “The Son of Flubber,” both with Fred MacMurray, followed by various other films, including “Two Much” with Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith.

Over the years, McArt also produced and directed at different Hollywood theaters, wrote for radio and was a television producer at NBC.

On TV he guested on shows including “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” “The Addams Family” and “Adam-12.”McArt moved from Los Angeles to Boca Raton, Fla., in 1990 to star once again in sister Jan McArt’s Miami and Key West Theatres in “Sugar Babies.”

Born in Cleveland, Donald Craig McArt grew up primarily in Anderson, Ind. Working his way through college with Don McArt’s Dance Band, McArt received a bachelor’s degree in business from Indiana U., where he played bass drum in the Marching 100 IU Band and was president of his senior class.

In addition to sister Jan, McArt is survived by a brother; two nieces; and three nephews.

A celebration of his life will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 28, at the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center on the campus of Lynn U., 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton, Fla.

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