Don C. Harvey
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|Don C. Harvey|
|Born||Don Carlos Harvey
December 12, 1911
Council Grove, Kansas, USA
|Died||April 23, 1963
Studio City, California
|Cause of death||Heart attack|
|Resting place||Hollywood Forever Cemetery|
|Other names||Don Harvey|
|Spouse(s)||Jean Harvey (3 March 1934 – 23 April 1963, his death)|
Born in Council Grove in Morris County in east central Kansas, Harvey began his acting career by performing on radio and in tent shows and repertory companies with his wife, the former Eugenia (Jean) Bartness (1900–1966), who was eleven years his senior. In Hollywood, he co-starred on a radio program with Hedda Hopper. In 1949, he contracted with Columbia Pictures and played in the serials, The Adventures of Sir Galahad and Batman and Robin (both 1949), and Atom Man vs. Superman (1950).
Harvey appeared in 180 films and television programs between 1945 and 1963. During the late 1940s alone, he appeared in fifteen films and television programs. Harvey's second film and his first credited role were Dragnet (1947), starring Henry Wilcoxon and Robert Kent, and the exploitation film, She Shoulda Said No! (1949), respectively.
- Film: During the 1950s, Harvey appeared in more than fifty films including Northwest Territory (1951), Human Desire (1954), Strategic Air Command (1955), The Far Country (1955), and The Gun That Won the West (1955).
- Television: The Cisco Kid (1950), Captain Video: Master of the Stratosphere (1951), The Range Rider (1951–1952), The Gene Autry Show (1951–1953), The Adventures of Kit Carson (1953–1954), Captain Midnight (1954–1955), Annie Oakley, (five episodes, 1954-1955), The Millionaire (1955), The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (1955-1960), Sky King (1956, in "Rocket Story"), Frontier Doctor (1958), The Donna Reed Show (1959), Riverboat (1959), and Colt .45 as Sergeant Billings and as Sheriff Clinter (1959-1960).
- Film: In 1963, Harvey procured a bit part in Stanley Kramer's massive $9 million, 12-star production, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World which starred Sid Caesar, Ethel Merman, Spencer Tracy, Mickey Rooney, and Milton Berle among others. Harvey got the role of a police officer, but offscreen he was the first cast member to die after completion of the filming.
- Television: During the 1960s, Harvey appeared in the popular genre of American westerns: Sugarfoot (1960), The Tall Man (1961), Bonanza (1961), Wagon Train (1961), Perry Mason (1961), Rawhide (1961–1962), Laramie (1962), Maverick (1962), and The Virginian (1963). He also appeared in the mystery/crime dramas of Surfside 6 (1962), Hawaiian Eye (1960–1962), Checkmate (1962), and Empire (1963).
- Northwest Territory (1951)
- It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) as a Santa Rosita Police Department officer (uncredited)