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 Carl Betz

Carl Betz

Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 18 Jan 1978 (aged 56)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown
Memorial ID 19212 · View Source
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Actor. He is best remembered for portraying Donna Reed's husband 'Dr. Alex Stone' on the ABC sitcom "The Donna Reed Show" that aired from September 1958 until March 1966, and followed that with his role of 'defense attorney 'Clinton Judd' in the ABC legal drama "Judd for the Defense" which aired from September 1968 to September 1969. He began his acting career unofficially in grammar school when he formed a theatrical company with friends, performing plays in his grandmother's basement. After graduating in 1939 from Mount Lebanon High School in Mount Lebanon, Pennsylvania, he won a scholarship to Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. That summer he performed in a Pittsburgh summer stock company and decided to transfer to Carnegie Mellon University (then known as Carnegie Tech) in Pittsburgh to study drama. In 1942 his education was interrupted when he was drafted into the US Army following the US entry into World War II in December 1941. He served in Italy and North Africa and eventually became a technical sergeant with the US Army Corps of Engineers. After the war, he resumed his education and earned a degree in drama. After graduation, he worked as a radio announcer and disk jockey before moving to New York City, New York where he continued working in summer and winter stock companies and also worked as a doorman at Radio City Music Hall. In 1952 he made his Broadway debut in "The Long Watch" and toured with actress Veronica Lake in the summer stock play, "The Voice of the Turtle." He then appeared for 18 months as 'Collie Jordan' on the CBS television soap opera "Love of Life." Prior to his eight-year run on "The Donna Reed Show" he made guest appearances on such television series as "Kraft Television Theatre," "Crusader," "Gunsmoke," "Sheriff of Cochise," "Perry Mason," "The Millionaire," and "Alfred Hitchcock Presents." In 1958 he was cast as pediatrician 'Dr. Alex Stone' in ABC sitcom "The Donna Reed Show" and it became a hit for ABC. During the run of the series, he continued acting in stage roles during the show's hiatus. In 1964 he appeared as 'Reverend T. Lawrence Shannon' in a limited stage run of "The Night of the Iguana," that earned him excellent reviews. After "The Donna Reed Show" was cancelled, he was offered the role of defense lawyer 'Clinton Judd' in "Judd for the Defense." The show was praised by critics but struggled in the ratings. Shortly after the series was canceled in 1969, he won a Golden Globe Award for Best TV Star - Male and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series for his work on the series. He also made many guest appearances on a variety of popular television shows such as "Mission: Impossible," "The Mod Squad," "The F.B.I.," "McCloud," "Insight," "The Wonderful World of Disney," "Night Gallery," "Police Story," and "Starsky and Hutch." His film credits include "The President's lady" (1952), "Dangerous Crossing" (1953), "Inferno" (1953), "City of Bad Men' (1953), "Spinout" (1966), "The Boy Who Talked to Badgers" (1975), and "That Lady from Peking" (1975). In 1977 he was diagnosed with terminal and inoperable lung cancer but kept it private so he could keep working. He died at the age of 56. He was married twice, first to actress Lois Harmon from June 1952 to 1961 and then to Gloria Stone Martin (sister of actress Nita Talbot) from December 1963 until his death.

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  • Added: 28 Dec 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 19212
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Carl Betz (9 Mar 1921–18 Jan 1978), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19212, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.