Richard Deacon - Bio and Creative Works

Richard Deacon

ACTOR • CHEF
Born
1921-05-14
Died
1984-08-08
Age (at death)
63
Citizenship
United States of America
Place of Birth
Philadelphia
Full TV/Movie Credits
Bio

Richard Lewis Deacon was an American television and motion picture actor, best known for playing supporting roles in television shows such as The Dick Van Dyke Show, Leave It To Beaver, and The Jack Benny Program along with minor roles in films such as Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) and Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds (1963). - Wikipedia

Select Creative Works

MOVIE • 1984

Character: Ticket Salesman

Four teens on the run from an orphanage spring a fellow orphan recently adopted by a rich family, then trash the whole house.

MOVIE • 1984

Character: City Council Member

Arthur is asked to pick up a bird for Thanksgiving dinner, so he brings home a 266-pound chicken named Henrietta. The family welcome her with open arms, but the neighbors are not so sure and then Henrietta escapes.

TV SERIES • 1979-1981

Character: Sheriff Masters

B.J. and the Bear is an American comedy series which aired on NBC from 1979 to 1981. Created by Christopher Crowe and Glen A. Larson, the series stars Greg Evigan and Claude Akins.

MOVIE • 1980

Character: Joseph Rottman

Xaviera Hollander has to navigate some sleazy studio politics to see the production of the film version of her memoirs.

MOVIE • 1980

Character: Mr. Burnice

Spoof of TV crime dramas. Someone is murdering all the great detectives and cops, and it's up to the remaining few to find the killer and stop him.

MOVIE • 1980

Character: Director

New Tinseltown gossip columnist Dina Moran helps faded movie star Georgia O'Hanlon dig up dirt on amoral characters.

MOVIE • 1980

Character: King of Cey What

Steve Martin's second NBC special was made up entirely of sketches. Highlights include: Marty Robbins' "El Paso" with monkeys; "The Death Of Socrates"; and "Bizarre Oddities Of The World."

MOVIE • 1978

Character: Earl Lyon

When flesh-eating piranhas are accidently released into a summer resort's rivers, the guests become their next meal.

MOVIE • 1978

Character: First Newscaster

Lionel's life turns around after a one-night stand on top of a pinball table... he becomes the world's first pregnant man!

MOVIE • 1969

Character: Mr. Witherspoon

A drama critic learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are homicidal maniacs, and that insanity runs in his family.

MOVIE • 1968

Character: Arnie Sherwin

While diving for sunken treasure, street-smart gumshoe Tony Rome finds the body of a gorgeous blonde, her feet stuck in a block of cement. Soon after, tough guy Waldo Gronski hires him to find a missing woman named Sandra Lomax, and Rome wonders if there's a connection. He sets about trying to locate the woman, and in no time finds himself mixed up with a beautiful party girl and a slippery racketeer.

TV SERIES • 1967-1968

Character: Roger Buell

The Mothers-in-Law is an American sitcom starring Eve Arden and Kaye Ballard as two matriarchs who were friends and next-door neighbors whose children's elopement rendered them in-laws. The show aired on NBC from September 1967 to April 1969. Produced by Desi Arnaz, the series was created by Bob Carroll, Jr., and Madelyn Davis.

MOVIE • 1968

Character: Dean Wheaton

Peter Ustinov stars as the eponymous wraith, who returns to Earth to aid his descendant, elderly Elsa Lanchester (Stowecroft). The villains want to kick Lanchester and her friends out of their group home so that they can build a crooked casino. Good guy Steve Walker (Jones) gets caught in the middle of the squabble after evoking Blackbeard's ghost.

MOVIE • 1967

Character: Ralph Yarby

An eccentric millionaire and his grandchildren are embroiled in the plights of some forest gnomes who are searching for the rest of their tribe. While helping them, the millionaire is suspected of being crazy because he's seeing gnomes! He's committed, and the niece and nephew and the gnomes have to find him and free him.

MOVIE • 1967

Character: Pike

David Kolowitz, a nice young man living with his parents in New York City in 1938, works at a machine repair shop. His parents want David to study to become a pharmacist. But what he really wants is to be an actor like his idol, Ronald Colman. One day, at his friend Marvin's suggestion, David tries out for a part in a play, and gets it, despite his obvious lack of acting experience (not to mention ability). True, it's a rather small part in a low-rent production. Leading the troupe is a washed-up, alcoholic actor who hires David at the urging of his actress-daughter, who finds David "cute." To play his part, David must come up with his own costume - a tuxedo - and pay the house five dollars a week, ostensibly for tuition. But it is David's first acting job, one which calls for him to "enter laughing." And if it doesn't work out - well, there's always pharmacy school.

TV SERIES • 1966

Character: Leon Thatcher

The failed pilot for a series starring Carol Channing, which was created by Desi Arnaz, and used some of the same writers on such classic Desilu series as I Love Lucy (1951), _"The Lucy how" (1962)_; 'Bob Carroll Jr', and 'Madelyn Pugh'.

MOVIE • 1965

Character: Drive-in-Manager

A young woman suspects foul play when her cat comes home wearing a wristwatch. Convincing the FBI, though, and catching the bad guys is tougher than she imagined.

MOVIE • 1965

Character: Maginot

An infamous football player-turned-U2 pilot, crash-lands in the fictional Middle Eastern nation of Fawzia, whose ruler presents the American with an ultimatum: either coach the football team the king is assembling for his son - who was cut by Notre Dame - or prepare for a trip to the USSR. The king then informs the US State Department that if it still wants to have a military base in his country, Notre Dame will have to take on his team in Fawzia. An international crisis brews when the Notre Dame players refuse to lie down in the climactic game, but a luscious female reporter who has joined the king's harem to do a story and who has fallen for Goldfarb, comes up with an unexpected resolution to the problem.

MOVIE • 1964

Character: Mr. Cruikshank

A lonely Ohio spinster hopes to find romance when she travels to New York City for a postmasters' convention.

MOVIE • 1964

Character: Sy Devore

When a star comedian dies, his comedy team decides to train a 'nobody' to play the Star in a big TV show (a Patsy). But the man chosen, bellboy Stanley Belt (Lewis), can't do anything right. The TV show is getting closer, and Stanley is getting worse.

MOVIE • 1963

Character: Commissioner Mailer

Wild Bill Hickok, Buffalo Bill and Calamity Jane help a Texas rancher against the railroad.

MOVIE • 1963

Character: Mitch's City Neighbor

Chic socialite Melanie Daniels enjoys a passing flirtation with an eligible attorney in a San Francisco pet shop and, on an impulse, follows him to his hometown bearing a gift of lovebirds. But upon her arrival, the bird population runs amok. Suddenly, the townsfolk face a massive avian onslaught, with the feathered fiends inexplicably attacking people all over Bodega Bay.

MOVIE • 1962

Character: Mr. Miller

Cathy Timberlake is en route to a job interview when a car transporting businessman Philip Shayne covers her in mud. He sends his assistant, Roger, to apologize, but upon meeting Cathy, Roger knows that she would be a suitable match for his boss. Despite their mutual attraction, Cathy and Philip want different things. Philip wants a fling, while Cathy wants a marriage. As they travel to exotic locales, their differing motivations are put to the test.

MOVIE • 1961

Character: Dr. Melnick

Jerry Webster and Carol Templeton are rival Madison Avenue advertising executives who each dislike each other’s methods. After he steals a client out from under her cute little nose, revenge prompts her to infiltrate his secret "VIP" campaign in order to persuade the mystery product’s scientist to switch to her firm.

MOVIE • 1959

Character: Chapman

A newspaper editor deals with a particularly stressful day in the newsroom.

MOVIE • 1957

Character: Farnsworth

The eccentric Bullock household again need a new butler. Daughter Irene encounters bedraggled Godfrey Godfrey at the docks and, fancying him and noticing his obviously good manners, gets him the job. He proves a great success, but keeps his past to himself. When an old flame turns up Irene's sister Cordelia starts making waves.

MOVIE • 1956

Character: Emergency Room Doctor

A small-town doctor learns that the population of his community is being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates.

MOVIE • 1955

Character: Semu

When the murder of an archaeologist puts a valuable medallion into their hands, Abbott and Costello waste little time in trying to sell it, only to find themselves pursued by police, a slinky adventuress, an Egyptian high priest, and the mummy himself.

MOVIE • 1955

Character: Spacecraft Pilot

Aliens have landed and are hiding on Earth, but need Earth’s scientists to help them fight an inter-planetary war.

MOVIE • 1955

Character: Mr. Stanley

Richard Dadier is a teacher at North Manual High School, an inner-city school where many of the pupils frequently engage in anti-social behavior. Dadier makes various attempts to engage the students' interest in education, challenging both the school staff and the pupils. He is subjected to violence as well as duplicitous schemes.

MOVIE • 1954

Character: The Professor

A crooked detective masterminds a robbery then fights to keep his money.

MOVIE • 1954

Character: Bald Reporter at L.A. News Conference

As a result of nuclear testing, gigantic, ferocious mutant ants appear in the American desert southwest, and a father-daughter team of entomologists join forces with the state police officer who first discovers their existence, an FBI agent and, eventually, the US Army to eradicate the menace, before it spreads across the continent, and the world.

MOVIE • 1953

Character: MP

In the early hours of the night, young David Maclean sees a flying saucer land and disappear into the sand dunes just beyond his house. Slowly, all of the adults, including his once loving parents, begin to act strangely.

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