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Back of the book blurbs


 “Don DeFore was one of America’s leading character actors of the mid-twentieth
century co-staring in numerous feature films, two popular television sitcoms, and live
theater including Broadway productions.”
-Leonard Maltin, American Film Critic and Historian

“Don DeFore was an extraordinary talent and played a pioneering role as one of the
first straight men in sitcom television. As “Thorny, the ever supportive, omnipresent
neighbor, he helped round out the Nelson household, and made it a place we all wanted
to call home.”
-Sam Nelson, youngest son of Ricky Nelson and Kris Harmon (The Adventures of
Ozzie and Harriet)

“The ‘news’ pitches I got from Ron DeFore were often on the most mundane of
subjects. I didn’t mind, as he was Hollywood royalty to me. Judy Garland was matron
of honor in his parents’ wedding! His father was ‘Mr. B’ from Hazel!”
-Jayne O’Donnell, USA Today

“Don DeFore’s Silver Banjo Barbecue restaurant in Frontierland was very unusual
as it was the only food facility in the Park to have the name of a living person. Walt
obviously was good friends with Don and trusted him to sell a quality product in his
-Dave Smith, Chief Archivist Emeritus, The Walt Disney Archives