Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Who Was... Don DeFore?

The name Don DeFore may not seem familiar to many viewers today, but Mr. DeFore was involved in some of the most legendary television shows and creations of the 1950's and 60's. He starred as "Thorny", the snooping neighbor of the Nelsons on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.

His friendship with Walt Disney led to his lucrative business in DISNEYLAND- Don DeFore's Silver Banjo Barbeque. The restaurant made its home next door to the Aunt Jemima's Pancake House in Frontierland. It eventually closed once DISNEYLAND began replacing concessionaires with company owned businesses.

Those two facts would be enough to make him a legend, but Mr. DeFore also starred as the hapless father in the classic sitcom Hazel.