RIP Don Keefer, TAGS Guest Actor, 98

Actor Don Keefer died on Sept. 7 of natural causes in Sherman Oaks, CA, at age 98.  Mr. Keefer's career included hundreds of roles on stage, in film and in television. 

Don guest-starred twice on TAGS in its 8th season, and once on RFD.

  • In "The Mayberry Chef” he was Carl Phillips, owner of Siler City’s Channel 12, who hires Aunt Bee to host a cooking show. 
  • “Howard’s New Life” saw him as island resident Mr. Grover, the ex-lawyer from Detroit… “Wanna buy a ship in a bottle?
  • In the first season of MAYBERRY RFD, Don was Mr. McComb, the Mt. Pilot prosecuting attorney in “Sam Gets a Ticket.”

TWILIGHT ZONE viewers will remember him from the episode "It's a Good Life" when he's 'sent to the cornfield' after being turned into a jack-in-the-box by a disturbed child played by Bill Mumy.  Keefer was the last surviving cast member of the original Broadway production of DEATH OF A SALESMAN.

Rest in peace.


Hollywood Reporter obituary - Don Keefer


With Ken Berry in MAYBERRY RFD, "Sam Gets a Ticket"


Don Keefer and Sam Greene, THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW, "Howard's New Life"


Visiting the Taylors in THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW, "The Mayberry Chef"


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