Paul Douglas was an American stage and film actor. He was born Paul Douglas Fleischer in Philadelphia on 11 April, 1907. He started his acting career on the stage, appearing at the John Golden Theatre on Broadway in Double Dummy in 1946. He won a Theatre World Award and a Clarence Derwent Award in 1946 for his performance as Henry Brock in Born Yesterday. Douglas' first major film role was in It Happens Every Spring. He also appeared in Angels In The Outfield; The Big Lift; Love That Brute; Fourteen Hours, Executive Suite, and The Mating Game. Douglas was a popular television actor as well, with credits including The Elgin Hour, Damon Runyon Theater, Star Stage, The 20th Century-Fox Hour, Climax!, Playhouse 90, and Goodyear Theatre. Douglas died of a heart attack aged 52, on 11 September, 1959. The following week he was due to have started filming The Apartment. His role as Jeff Sheldrake went to Fred MacMurray.