Actor Carter DeHaven

Carter DeHaven (born Francis O’Callaghan; October 5, 1886 – July 20, 1977) was an American movie and stage actor, movie director, and writer.


DeHaven started his career in vaudeville in 1896 and started acting in movies in 1915. He regularly starred in comedy shorts up until 1923. He worked for Paramount in 1920, and some of his films were directed by Charley Chase.

A 1923 short Character Studies uses editing as DeHaven “transforms” himself into the spitting image of various major film stars of the era: Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Douglas Fairbanks, Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle and 9-year-old Jackie Coogan. This was the only film in which Keaton and Lloyd appeared together and also marked Keaton’s last film appearance with Arbuckle, his former partner.

DeHaven went on to work with Charlie Chaplin as assistant director on Modern Times (1936) and assistant producer for The Great Dictator (1940). In the latter film, he also played the Bacterian Ambassador. In the 1959–60 season, he appeared four times in various roles, and his daughter Gloria once as Rosemary Blaker, in the episode “Love Affair” on the television series Johnny Ringo. At this time he also guest-starred on The Donna Reed Show in the role of Fred Miller in “It Only Hurts When I Laugh”.

In 1965, DeHaven played an old man walking with his wife in a park in the Bewitched episode “Eye of the Beholder”.

Personal life and death

He was married to actress Flora Parker. They would often be paired together in films, including The College Orphan (1915) and Twin Beds (1920). Their daughter, actress Gloria DeHaven, made her first screen appearance in Modern Times. Their son, Carter DeHaven Jr., was also an actor and director. Carter Jr was born December 23, 1910, in New York City, and died March 1, 1979, in Encino, California. Both Carter and Gloria DeHaven have their own stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. After their divorce, Carter DeHaven married Evelyn Burd (a union that also ended in divorce).

Carter DeHaven died in 1977 at age 90 and was interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Glendale, California


Year Title Role Notes
1915 The College Orphan Jack Bennett, Jr.
1916 The Wrong Door Philip Borden
1916 A Youth of Fortune Willie O’Donovan
1916 From Broadway to a Throne Jimmie
1916 Timothy Dobbs, That’s Me Timothy Dobbs
1916 He Becomes a Cop Short
1916 Get the Boy
1919 Their Day of Rest Short
1920 Am I Dreaming?
1920 Twin Beds Signor Monti
1921 The Girl in the Taxi Bertie Stewart
1921 My Lady Friends James Smith
1921 Marry the Poor Girl Jack Tanner
1925 The Thoroughbred Archie de Rennsaler
1940 The Great Dictator Bacterian Ambassador
1962 The Notorious Landlady Old Man Uncredited

External Links

Actor Carter DeHaven – Wikipedia

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