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Don Porter

Donald "Don" Porter was an American actor who appeared in a number of films in the 1940s, including Top Sergeant and Eagle Squadron. On television, he portrayed the widowed father of 15-year-old Frances "Gidget" Lawrence (Sally Field) in the 1965 ABC sitcom Gidget. Besides his work in film and television, Porter was active on stage, as he acted in more than 200 plays, including The Front Page, Plaza Suite, and Any Wednesday. He appeared in various films in the 1940s before landing the role of Peter Sands, the boss of Susan Camille MacNamara (Ann Sothern), on the 1950s sitcom Private Secretary. A retooled version of the series appeared later, titled The Ann Sothern Show. It featured many of the same actors, including Porter as hotel manager James Devery 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 Jack Tripper's uncle), and Switch.

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Sep 24, 1912 In Miami, Oklahoma, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Mystery of the White Room 1939-03-17
Latest Project:
Series Matlock 1986-03-03
Known For
Poster of Dallas
Poster of The Love Boat
Poster of Three's Company
Poster of How to Fly the B-26 Airplane
Series Matlock Unknown 1986-03-03
Series Hotel Unknown 1982-08-21
Movie The Last Song Philip Brockhurst 1980-10-23
Movie Tropic of Desire Commodore Phillips 1979-06-15
Movie The President's Mistress Craig 1978-02-10
Series Dallas Matt Devlin 1978-04-02
Series The Paper Chase Unknown 1978-09-09
Series Vega$ Unknown 1978-09-20
Series Three's Company Unknown 1977-03-15
Series The Love Boat Slade Summerhill 1977-09-24
Series The Bionic Woman Unknown 1976-01-14
Series City of Angels Unknown 1976-02-03
Series Archer Unknown 1975-01-30
Movie White Line Fever Cutler 1975-07-16
Movie The Legend of Lizzie Borden George Robinson 1975-02-10
Movie A Woman for All Men Barney 1975-08-01
Series Switch Unknown 1975-09-09
Series Ellery Queen Unknown 1975-09-11
Series The Six Million Dollar Man Dr. Stanley Bacon 1974-01-18
Movie The Morning After Rudy King 1974-02-13
Movie Murder or Mercy Henry Balin 1974-04-10
Movie Mame Mr. Claude Upson 1974-03-07
Series Barnaby Jones Jeremy Markham 1973-01-28
Movie The Norliss Tapes Sanford T. Evans 1973-02-21
Movie 40 Carats Mr. Latham 1973-06-28
Movie The Candidate Senator Crocker Jarmon 1972-06-29
Series The Rookies Unknown 1972-09-11
Series Hawaii Five-O Unknown 1968-09-20
Series Here's Lucy Unknown 1968-09-23
Series The Mod Squad Unknown 1968-09-24
Movie Live a Little, Love a Little Mike Lansdown 1968-10-23
Series Judd for the Defense Unknown 1967-09-08
Series Gidget Professor Russell Lawrence 1965-09-01
Series The F.B.I. Unknown 1965-09-19
Series Green Acres Unknown 1965-09-15
Movie Youngblood Hawke Ferdie Lax 1964-11-04
Series Vacation Playhouse Unknown 1963-07-22
Movie Gidget Goes to Rome Russell Lawrence 1963-08-07
Movie Bachelor in Paradise Thomas W. Jynson 1961-11-01
Series The Ann Sothern Show James Devery 1958-10-06
Movie Our Miss Brooks Lawrence Nolan 1956-04-24
Series Private Secretary Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie Cripple Creek Denver Jones 1952-06-30
Movie The Savage Running Dog 1952-09-01
Movie Because You're Mine Captain Burton Nordell Loring 1952-10-01
Movie The Turning Point Joe Silbray 1952-11-15
Movie The Racket R.G. Connolly (ward boss) 1951-10-25
Movie 711 Ocean Drive Larry Mason 1950-07-01
Movie My Friend Irma Goes West Mr. Brent 1950-06-25
Movie Mrs. O'Malley and Mr. Malone Myron Brynk 1950-12-08
Movie Buck Privates Come Home Capt. Christie 1947-04-04
Movie She-Wolf of London Barry Lanfield 1946-05-17
Movie Cuban Pete Roberts 1946-06-26
Movie Wild Beauty Dr. Dave Morrow 1946-08-08
Movie Danger Woman Professor Claude Ruppert 1946-07-12
Movie How to Fly the B-26 Airplane Captain Dick 1944-03-14
Movie Resisting Enemy Interrogation Lt. Frank L. Williams, Jr. - American Co-pilot 1944-08-01
Movie Reconnaissance Pilot Camera Instructor 1943-01-25
Movie Keep 'em Slugging Jerry 1943-03-01
Movie Eagle Squadron Ramsey 1942-06-16
Movie Top Sergeant Al Bennett 1942-06-12
Movie Madame Spy David Bannister 1942-12-11
Movie Eyes of the Underworld Edward Jason 1942-10-02
Movie Night Monster Dick Baldwin 1942-10-20
Movie Who Done It? Art Fraser 1942-10-30
Movie Mystery of the White Room Dr. Donald Fox 1939-03-17