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Donald Elson

Donald Elson was raised in the Los Angeles suburb of Inglewood, just a "whoop and a holler" from Hollywood. He was a young college student at the outbreak of WWII. After serving in the Air Force, he attended the Columbia Radio School of Broadcasting on the GI Bill and pursued a career as a radio announcer at stations in Texas and Oklahoma before ... See full bio »

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Gremlins Man on Street
Chaplin Prop Man


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 2010 Lopez Tonight (TV Series)
Roman Soldier
- Episode dated 9 November 2010 (2010) ... Roman Soldier
 2008 Bones (TV Series)
Old Man
- The Passenger in the Oven (2008) ... Old Man
 2007 Live!
Oxygen Tank Guy
 2003 Strong Medicine (TV Series)
- Heartbeats and Deadbeats (2003) ... Harold
 2002 Max Bigg's Big Break (Short)
Max Bigg
 2001 61* (TV Movie)
Older Man
 2000 Gideon's Crossing (TV Series)
Elderly Man
- The Race (2000) ... Elderly Man
 2000 If These Walls Could Talk 2 (TV Movie)
Sam (segment "1961")
 1992 Chaplin
Prop Man
 1991 Birch Street Gym (Short)
Chess Player (as Don Elson)
 1984 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Bookstore Owner
- The Murder of Sherlock Holmes (1984) ... Bookstore Owner
 1984 Gremlins
Man on Street (as Don Elson)
 1983 Ace Diamond Private Eye (TV Movie)
The Prima Dona Actor
 1978-1982 Little House on the Prairie (TV Series)
Fred / Farmer #2
- Stone Soup (1982) ... Farmer #2
- Blind Journey: Part 1 (1978) ... Fred
 1981 Mojado Power
 1979 Angie (TV Series)
Man with Broom
- The Elopement (1979) ... Man with Broom (as Don Elson)
 1977 The Van
Mr. Hump
 1976 The Great Texas Dynamite Chase
Mr. Smith (as Don Ellson)
 1975 Sixpack Annie
Mr. Piker
 1975 The Invisible Man (TV Series)
- Stop When Red Lights Flash (1975) ... Compositor
 1975 The Honorable Sam Houston (TV Movie)
 1973 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Farmer Buey / Brown
- The Hanging of Newly O'Brien (1973) ... Farmer Buey
- Patricia (1973) ... Brown
 1972 Thumb Tripping
Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)
 1971 Ironside (TV Series)
- Contract: Kill Ironside (1971) ... Bomber
 1971 Scandalous John (uncredited)
 1971 The Bill Cosby Show (TV Series)
Male Teacher #4
- The Sesame Street Rumble (1971) ... Male Teacher #4 (as Don Elson)
 1970 Dreams of Glass
 1969 The Lady, or the Tiger? (Short) (as Don Elson)
 1964-1969 Bonanza (TV Series)
Clerk / Mr. Lang / Ed Wharton
- The Running Man (1969) ... Clerk
- The Pursued: Part 1 (1966) ... Mr. Lang
- The Roper (1964) ... Ed Wharton
 1968 The Big Valley (TV Series)
- Devil's Masquerade (1968) ... Bartender (as Don Elson)
 1967 Batman (TV Series)
Bank Manager
- The Ogg Couple (1967) ... Bank Manager
 1966 Shane (TV Series)
- The Day the Wolf Laughed (1966) ... Amos (as Don Elson)
 1965 The Cincinnati Kid
Bit Part (uncredited)
 1964 The Legend of Jimmy Blue Eyes (Short)
The Devil
 1963 My Three Sons (TV Series)
Dr. Hastings
- The End of the You-Know-What (1963) ... Dr. Hastings
 1963 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
The Mailman
- The Paragon (1963) ... The Mailman
 1959-1962 The Rifleman (TV Series)
Aaron / Printer
- Outlaw's Shoes (1962) ... Aaron
- The Coward (1959) ... Printer (as Don Elson)
 1959-1962 Tales of Wells Fargo (TV Series)
J.C. Clegg / Crony #1 / Mr. Drake
- Chauncey (1962) ... J.C. Clegg
- A Fistful of Pride (1961) ... Crony #1 (as Donald Elsom)
- Home Town (1959) ... Mr. Drake
 1961 Thriller (TV Series)
- The Remarkable Mrs. Hawk (1961) ... Clemins
 1961 Death Valley Days (TV Series)
- Loophole (1961) ... Deputy
 1961 Shirley Temple's Storybook (TV Series)
- The Return of Long John Silver (1961) ... Pirate
 1960 Inherit the Wind
Bollinger (uncredited)
 1959-1960 Lawman (TV Series)
Express Office Proprietor Oliver / Oliver
- The Swamper (1960) ... Express Office Proprietor Oliver
- The Conclave (1959) ... Oliver
 1960 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Clerk of the Court
- Mother, May I Go Out to Swim? (1960) ... Clerk of the Court
 1959 Sugarfoot (TV Series)
Storekeeper / Baines
- The Gaucho (1959) ... Storekeeper (uncredited)
- The Twister (1959) ... Baines
 1959 Wichita Town (TV Series)
Fred Walker
- Death Watch (1959) ... Fred Walker
 1959 Day of the Outlaw
 1953 Jack Slade
Mr. Ward (uncredited)
 1953 The Affairs of Dobie Gillis
Advisor (uncredited)
 1953 Julius Caesar
Citizen of Rome

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Stage Play: Threepenny Opera Theatre de Lys , (3/10/1954 - 5/30/1954) First Preview: Total Previews: Opening Date: Mar 10, 1954 Closing Date: May 30, 1954 Total Performances: 96 Category: Musical, Drama, Operetta, Revival, Off-Broadway Setting: 19th-century London. Peachum's Beggar's Outfit Shop, a brothel in Wapping, Newgate Prison, a ... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Don Ellson | Donald Elsom | Don Elson


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In 1980, Donald's friend, actress Shelley Winters, asked him to photograph some of her personal items for publication in her autobiography "SHELLEY Also Known As Shirley." He is given photographic credit on page 511 of the book... and received an autographed copy of the book's first edition. The inscription reads: "To Don, a great friend and photographer. Love, Shelley. PS: For Annette (Donalds ... See more »

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