Don McGuire (actor)

Don McGuire (born Don Rose,[1] February 28, 1919 – April 13, 1999) was an American actor, director, screenwriter, and producer known for his roles such as playing Congo Bill from DC Comics in the 1948 Congo Bill serial.

Don McGuire
Don Rose

(1919-02-28)February 28, 1919
DiedApril 13, 1999(1999-04-13) (aged 80)
OccupationActor, film director, screenwriter, producer
Years active1945–1999
Spouse(s)Karen X. Gaylord (1948 - ?)
Parent(s)Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin C. Rose

Early years

The son of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin C. Rose, McGuire graduated from Senn High School, where he participated in four sports. Following studies at the University of Iowa, he played semi-pro baseball in Evansville, Indiana, for a year, after which he began working at a newspaper as a copy boy.[1] He progressed from that job to become a photographer and a reporter.[2]


McGuire worked at a newspaper in Chicago but let that job to enlist in the Army in 1941. He was a military police first sergeant, serving in the Aleutian Islands until 1944.[1] Back injuries ended his military service,[3] and when he returned to civilian life, he worked in public relations in Hollywood, eventually opening his own business. While he was trying to secure a film role for his girlfriend, the director offered him a job instead.[1]

Mcguire's acting debut came in San Antonio. He went on to act in The Fuller Brush Man and Armored Car Robbery, among other films.[4] While acting, he also worked on several screenplays including Meet Danny Wilson and Bad Day at Black Rock. Towards the end of his career, He directed three films Johnny Concho, The Delicate Delinquent,[4] and Hear Me Good.

Personal life

McGuire married Karen X. Gaylord on August 15, 1948.[1]


McGuire died on April 13, 1999, in Los Angeles, California.[5][3]


McGuire was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for co-writing Tootsie.[6] He also won Screenwriters Guild Awards for his work on that film and on Bad Day at Black Rock.[3]


  1. Zylstra, Freida (February 27, 1950). "Ex-Chicagoan Don McGuire Now in His 27th Movie". Chicago Tribune. Illinois, Chicago. Chicago Tribune Press Service. p. 27. Retrieved 19 July 2019 via
  2. Price, Damon (October 23, 1960). "Twice-Retired at 41". The South Bend Tribune. Indiana, South Bend. p. 104. Retrieved 19 July 2019 via
  3. "Don McGuire; Actor, Screenwriter, Director Created 'Tootsie' Story - latimes". 1999-04-18. Retrieved 2015-07-26.
  4. Bergan, Ronald (May 26, 1999). "Don McGuire". The Guardian. England, London. p. 20. Retrieved 20 July 2019 via
  5. "Don Mcguire, 80, Actor, Screenwriter And Director". 1999-04-19. Retrieved 2015-07-26.
  6. "("Don McGuire" search results)". Academy Awards Database. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
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