Tuesday, June 21, 2011

RIP Don Diamond

Actor Don Diamond died June 19, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. He was 90. Diamond was born on June 4th, 1921 in Brooklyn, New York. His father was Russian-born, a veteran of the United States Army in World War One, and his mother was born in New Jersey. From the years of 1938 to 1942 he studied drama at the University of Michigan, where he took on many jobs in order to pay for his studies. He finally graduated with a Bachelor's Degree. After joining the Air Corps, he learned Spanish while serving in the southwest, and also learned about the Mexican culture. After honorably leaving the army in 1946 as a first lieutenant, he broke into the radio game and became known for his portrayal of Mexicans. This led to his role in "The Adventures of Kit Carson" as Carson's sidekick, El Toro. He later became well known as Corporal Reyes on the television show Zorro. He went on to appear in over 100 television shows, as well as many full length feature films, most notably as Crazy Cat on F Troop. Don is married to a Spanish Teacher, Louisa, who is from Mexico. He leaves his wife Luisa and three daughters.

DIAMOND, Don (Donald Alan Diamond)
Born: 6/4/1921, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 6/19/2011, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Don Diamond's westerns - actor:
The Lone Ranger (TV) - 1949 (Pedro Martinez)
The Adventures of Kit Carson (TV) - 1951-1955 (El Toro)
Frontier (TV) - 1955
The Adventures of Jim Bowie (TV) - 1957 (Espinosa)
Circus Boy (TV) - 1956, 1957 (Ben Ali, Zarno)
The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (TV) - 1956, 1957, 1959 (Stevens, John Shanessy)
Death Valley Days (TV) - 1957 (Mexican)
Raiders of Old California 1957 (Pepe)
Trackdown (TV) - 1957 (Hodges, sheriff)
Zorro (TV) - 1957-1959 (Corporal Reyes)
26 Men (TV) - 1958 (Chili)
Zane Grey Theater (TV) - 1959 (Jones, Ed Murphy, Cota)
Rawhide (TV) - 1961, 1964, 1965 (Mexican cowhand, Tony, Paco)
Empire (TV) - 1963 (Arturo)
Redigo (TV) - 1963 (Arturo)
The Wild Wild West (TV) - 1965 (bartender)
F Troop (TV) - 1965-1967 (Crazy Cat)
The Guns of Will Sonnett (TV) - 1967 (Diego)
The Big Valley (TV) - 1969 (Border, Diego, Federale)
The High Chaparral (TV) - 1969 (Miguel)
The Tarzan/Lone Ranger/Zorro Adventure Hour (TV) - 1980 (voice of Sgt. Gonzalez)

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