Actor Don Diamond

Donald Alan Diamond (June 4, 1921 – June 19, 2011) was an American radio, film, and television actor who portrayed “Crazy Cat”, the sidekick and heir apparent to Chief Wild Eagle on the popular 1960s television sitcom, F Troop (1965–1967). He also co-starred as “El Toro”, the sidekick of Bill Williams’ main character of Kit Carson in 105 episodes of the popular early television series, The Adventures of Kit Carson, from 1951 to 1955 .


Don Diamond’s father, Benjamin, emigrated to the United States from Russia in 1906 with his parents. Benjamin Diamond served in the United States Army in World War I and then became a prosperous clothing merchant. Benjamin and Ruth Diamond had another son, Neal, three years younger than Don.

Diamond studied drama at the University of Michigan, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 1942. He then enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps, where he earned a commission. Already fluent in Yiddish, he learned to speak Spanish while he was stationed in New Mexico during World War II.

Discharged in 1946 as a first lieutenant, he began acting on radio and became known for his dialect portrayals of Spaniards and Mexicans. This led to his playing the role of “El Toro” in The Adventures of Kit Carson syndicated television series (1951–1955). Diamond also played Corporal Reyes on the Walt Disney television series Zorro (1957–1959) alongside Henry Calvin, who portrayed Sergeant Garcia. In 1968, Diamond appeared as Diego on The Big Valley in the episode titled “Miranda.”[citation needed]

He appeared on more than 100 television shows and in many feature films. He performed extensive voice-over work in commercials and cartoons, most notably as the voice of Toro in the DePatie-Freleng Enterprises cartoon series Tijuana Toads.


Diamond died due to heart failure in Los Angeles, California, on June 19, 2011, at age 90.


His wife, Louisa, was a teacher.


Year Title Role Notes
1949 The Lone Ranger Pedro Episode #7, Pete and Pedro
1950 Borderline Deusik
1957 Omar Khayyam Trooper Captain Uncredited
1957 Raiders of Old California Pepe
1957 Mr. Adams and Eve Episode: “Man with Raven”
1957-1959 Zorro Corporal Reyes / Lancer Hivarro 52 episodes
1958 Fräulein Russian Soldier Uncredited
1958 The Old Man and the Sea Cafe Proprietor
1959 Holiday for Lovers Airplane Steward Uncredited
1960 The Story of Ruth Yomar
1961 Swingin’ Along Tony
1961 Man-Trap Mexican Border Guard Uncredited
1963 Irma la Douce Man with Samples Uncredited
1963 Fun in Acapulco Waiter Uncredited
1964 The Carpetbaggers Gambler Uncredited
1965-1967 F Troop Crazy Cat / Crazy Kat / Brave 50 episodes
1966 The Dick Van Dyke Show Gonzales Episode #147, Remember the Alimony
1968 How Sweet It Is! Bartender
1969 Viva Max! Hernandez
1969 Get Smart Goldmouth Episode #117, The Treasure of C. Errol Madre
1970 Mrs. Pollifax-Spy DeGamez
1972 Pete ‘n’ Tillie Policeman Uncredited
1972 Hit Man Nano Zito
1973 Breezy Maitre’D
1978 The Toolbox Murders Sgt. Cameron
1978 The Rockford Files Coelho
1980 Herbie Goes Bananas Local #2

External Links

Actor Don Diamond – Wikipedia

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