Don Harvey





St. Clair Shores, Michigan,

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Don Harvey was an American film and television actor who appeared in over 180 programs in each genre between 1945 and 1963. Born in 1911, the Kansas City, Mo. native got his start into acting by performing in tent shows. Tent shows were entertainment "venues", particularly in rural areas, where people would meet to enjoy themselves during the Great Depression. Harvey's first credited film came in 1947 with the hit movie, Dragnet, but much of his success came in the 1950s where he was a staple on both the big and small screens. A few of the actor's most memorable movies included Northwest Territory (1951) and Human Desire (1954). On television, Harvey could be seen on popular shows such as Cisco Kid (1950) and The Gene Autry Show (1951-53). During the 1960s, the actor had a large part in the popular genre of American Westerns with roles on both Bonanza (1961) and Rawhide (1961) as well. Harvey eventually retired to Studio City, California, where he died from a heart attack in 1963.