Don Haggerty

Don Haggerty (July 3, 1914 – August 19, 1988) was an American actor of film and television. Before he began appearing in films in 1947, Haggerty was a Brown University athlete and served in the United States military.

Don Haggerty
Haggerty in Cause for Alarm! (1951)
Born(1914-07-03)July 3, 1914
DiedAugust 19, 1988(1988-08-19) (aged 74)
Alma materBrown University
OccupationActor of film and television
Years active1952-1981


Usually cast as tough policemen or cowboys, he appeared in a number of memorable films including Sands of Iwo Jima (1949), The Asphalt Jungle (1951), Angels in the Outfield (1951) and The Narrow Margin. The B-movie actor continued to appear in films until the early 1980s.

From 1954 to 1955, Haggerty starred in the syndicated private eye series The Files of Jeffrey Jones. in the 1955-1956 season, Haggerty appeared as the outlaw Sam Bass in an episode of Jim Davis's syndicated Stories of the Century. About this time, he also appeared on CBS in the Reed Hadley legal drama, The Public Defender. He played the lead role in the short-lived DuMont series The Cases of Eddie Drake (filmed 1949, aired 1952).

In 1956-1957, Haggerty appeared as Sheriff Elder in nine episodes of Rod Cameron's syndicated western-themed crime drama, State Trooper. He appeared in three episodes of the syndicated western 26 Men about the Arizona Rangers. In 1959, he guest starred in Bruce Gordon's NBC docudrama about the Cold War, Behind Closed Doors.

Haggerty appeared twenty-one times, including nineteen in 1955 and 1956 as a regular, the newspaperman Marsh Murdock, on the ABC/Desilu western series, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, starring Hugh O'Brian in the title role.[1] In 1960, he appeared as Marshal Bill Thompson in the episode "Alibi" on the ABC/Warner Brothers western series, Colt .45.[2]

In 1959, Haggerty was cast as Harry Moxton in the episode "No Laughing Matter" of the NBC crime drama, Richard Diamond, Private Detective, starring David Janssen. Joey Bishop also guest starred in this episode.[3]

In 1960 Haggerty appeared as Joe Haynes on the TV western Tales of Wells Fargo starring Dale Robertson in the episode titled Doc Dawson. Haggerty guest starred in 1960 on the NBC crime drama, Dan Raven starring Skip Homeier, and the CBS Rawhide episode, "Incident of the Silent Web" in the role of Chaney. He appeared too the NBC western series, The Californians and Riverboat.

Haggerty was cast as the United States Attorney W. H. H. Clayton, based in Arkansas and the Oklahoma Territory, in the 1961 episode, "A Bullet for the D.A." of the anthology series, Death Valley Days, hosted by Stanley Andrews. Carole Mathews played the outlaw Belle Starr, recently released from federal prison and unsuccessfully plotting the assassination of Clayton during a Wild West show in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Others in the episode are William Thourlby as Belle's second husband, Sam Starr, and Carlyle Mitchell, in his penultimate role as "Hanging Judge" Isaac Parker.[4] In 1967, Haggerty played Horace Tabor in another Death Valley Days episode, "Chicken Bill", hosted by Robert Taylor. In that episode, Dub Taylor played the title role of the silver miner Chicken Bill Lovell, who in the story line salts his mine to get Tabor to pay off Lovell's lingering debt and to fund his continued operation.[5] Earlier, Haggerty played Sheriff Wheeler alongside Julie Sommars as Sister Blandina Segale in the 1966 Death Valley Days episode "The Fastest Nun in the West", hosted by Ronald Reagan. In the story line, Blandina seeks justice for a killer, despite heavy sentiment for his hanging.[6] In another 1966 episode of the same series, Water Bringer, Haggerty was cast as the embittered Captain Hayworth of the ship Orion, with Rory Calhoun playing the California entrepreneur William A. Richardson, and Calhoun's then wife, Lita Baron, cast as Maria Martinez, daughter of the commandante, Ygnacio Martinez (Will Kuluva).[7] In the 1969 Death Valley Days episode, "Old Stape", hosted by Dale Robertson, Haggerty played an eccentric thief who outwits lawmen from his rundown shack along the border of the United States and the Republic of Texas.[8]

Haggerty was cast as Joe Wine in the 1961 episode "Alien Entry" of another syndicated series, The Blue Angels. About this time, he guest starred in the episode "The Green Gamblers" of the syndicated crime drama, The Brothers Brannagan. He was also cast in 1963 in an episode of the NBC modern western series, Redigo. Don Haggerty appeared as a guest star in My Favorite Martian as Detective Sgt. Heeley in 1964's episode called 'Uncle Martin's Broadcast' and as a bank guard in 1965's 'Hate Me A Little'.

Selected filmography


  1. "Full Cast and Crew for The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved January 23, 2013.
  2. "Colt .45". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved December 17, 2012.
  3. ""No Laughing Matter", Richard Diamond, Private Detective, November 9, 1959". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved March 30, 2013.
  4. "A Bullet for the D.A. on Death Valley Days". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved September 14, 2018.
  5. ""Chicken Bill" on Death Valley Days". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved June 7, 2015.
  6. "Fastest Nun in the West on Death Valley Days". Internet Movie Data Base. January 20, 1966. Retrieved September 7, 2015.
  7. "Water Bringer". Internet Movie Data Base. March 17, 1966. Retrieved September 8, 2015.
  8. "Old Stape on Death Valley Days". Internet Movie Data Base. October 4, 1969. Retrieved December 12, 2018.
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