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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Richard Deacon was the bald, bespectacled character actor most famous for playing television producer Mel Cooley on The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961) from 1961 to 1966. In the first season of that show he also continued to appear on the series he was already appearing on, Leave It to Beaver (1957), playing Lumpy Rutherford's father Fred.

Born on May 14, 1921, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the tall, bass-voiced Deacon took to the boards as a stage actor. Read more...

Actor

Character: Baker's Receptionist

My Sister Eileen 1955

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Character: Glover Speckleton

Lay That Rifle Down 1955

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Character: Mr. Elman, Jeweller

The Scarlet Hour 1956

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Character: Larry Musso

Designing Woman 1957

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Character: Charles Levine, President Columbia Aircraft Co.

The Spirit of St. Louis 1957

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Character: Bill Hotchkiss

Kiss Them for Me 1957

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Character: Chapman

-30- 1959

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Character: Angus - Hotel Desk Clerk

North to Alaska 1960

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Character: Mitch's City Neighbor

The Birds 1963

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Character: Sy Devore

The Patsy 1964

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Character: Drive-in-Mgr.

That Darn Cat! 1965

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Character: Secretary of Defense Charles Maginot

John Goldfarb, Please Come Home! 1965

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Character: Principal Arnold Wilson

Billie 1965

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Character: Ralph Yarby

The Gnome-Mobile 1967

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Character: Arnie Sherwin

Lady in Cement 1968

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Character: Dean Wheaton

Blackbeard's Ghost 1968

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Character: King of Cey What

Steve Martin: Comedy Is Not Pretty 1980

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Character: Nobody Panda

No Man's Valley 1981

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Character: Melvin 'Mel' Cooley

The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited 2004

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Character: Albert French

ABC Weekend Specials 1977

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Character: John Fiske

The Dick Powell Theatre 1961

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Character: Fred Zisk

Trapper John, M.D. 1979

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Character: Bill Skidmore

The Untouchables 1959

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Character: Elmer Zellerbach

Here's Lucy 1968

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Character: Dr. Stanley Patman

Make Room for Daddy 1953

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Character: Planter O'Toole

The Ford Television Theatre 1952

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Character: Luther Dorfman

McMillan & Wife 1971

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Character: Bud Hodges

December Bride 1954

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Character: Paul Erickson

The 20th Century-Fox Hour 1955

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Character: Williams - McKeever's Assistant

The Solid Gold Cadillac 1956

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Character: Dr. Henry Rankin - The Great Fatchamara

The Jackie Gleason Show 1966

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Character: Michael Gilmore

Alcoa Theatre 1957

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Character: Borden T. Pike

The Munsters 1964

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Character: Man with Mallet

Night Gallery 1969

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Character: Col. Jebediah Sims

The Rifleman 1958

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Character: Wallace Friend

77 Sunset Strip 1958

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Character: Internship Doctor

Get Smart 1965

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Character: Mr. Laidlaw

The Real McCoys 1957

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Character: Himself

Family Feud 1976

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Character: James J. Jackson

My Favorite Martian 1963

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Character: Mr.Peabody

The Thin Man 1957

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Character: Himself

You Don't Say 1963

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Character: R.J. Meyerson

Alice 1976

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Character: Mortimer Phelps

The Addams Family 1964

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Character: Mel Cooley - Dick Van Dyke Show

Pioneers of Television 2008

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Character: Survival Manual Narrator

Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N. 1966

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Character: Himself

The Dick Cavett Show 1968

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Character: Artist Who Paints Nugey

The Gale Storm Show: Oh! Susanna 1956

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Character: Winslow, the Butler

The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour 1957

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Character: Etienne Clary

Désirée 1954

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