Don Porter

Actor Don Porter died Feb. 11 of natural causes in Los Angeles. He was 84.

Born in Oklahoma, Porter began his career as a stage actor in Portland, Ore. He went on to appear in over 200 plays, including the Broadway hits “Plaza Suite” (1968) with Maureen Stapleton, “Any Wednesday” (1964) with Sandy Dennis and the 1969 revival of “The Front Page.”

During World War II, he served for four years as a combat photographer.

Following the war he moved into TV, where his roles included Ann Sothern’s boss in “Private Secretary,” Sally Fields’ father in “Gidget” and numerous guest appearances in 1970s series and made-for-TV movies.

His film career included such titles as “The Savage” (1952), “40 Carats” (1973), “Live a Little, Love a Little” (1968), “The Candidate” (1972) and “Mame” (1974).

He is survived by his wife, actress Peggy Converse; daughter, actress Melissa Converse, and son, architect Don Jr.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Salvation Army or the Motion Picture & Television Fund.

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